On November 3rd, The Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc. (CCF) held its 34th Annual Gala. During the program, CCF presented $1 million in grant awards to area researchers and programs to advance treatment and cures for pediatric cancer.

Presenting the Giant Food NextGen and the 2nd Annual Juliana Carver Sarcoma Award to recipient Micah Maxwell, M.D. (2nd from L) are Giant Food’s Terry McGowan, CCF Secretary, John and Tammy Carver, Tasha Museles, Jerry Chadwick, President

For 35 years, the CCF Annual Gala recognizes those in the region that are making valuable contributions to children and families facing a diagnosis of cancer. The complete list of 2018 Research and Program Grants can be found here.

Emceed by WJZ-TV Sports Director Mark Viviano, the program began with the Oberle Family sharing their cancer journey. Their story can be viewed here. All the highlights can be found on  the 2018 Gala page.

CCF extends our appreciation to all of the volunteers, individuals and organizations who donated their time and services to make the evening successful. We are grateful to all of the Gala sponsors and especially grateful to Giant Food for committing $550,000 to CCF through their annual pediatric cancer fundraising efforts!

The following recipients received their Grant Awards from CCF’s President Jerry Chadwick and Executive Director Tasha Museles.

Research Grants

Johns Hopkins Medicine

• $75,000 Charles Eberhart, M.D., Ph.D. for research in Retinoblastoma
• $100,000 Micah Maxwell, Ph.D., M.D. (Giant Food CCF NextGen Award) for research in Rhabdomyosarcoma

Tasha Museles, Eric Raabe, M.D., Johns Hopkins, Research Awardee, Jerry Chadwick, President

• $75,000 Eric Raabe, M.D., Ph.D. for research in Medulloblastoma
• $75,000 Jeffrey Rubens, M.D. for research in Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumors

Children’s National Health System
• $75,000 Patrick Hanley, Ph.D. for research related to all transplantable cancers
• $75,000 Brian Rood, M.D., for research in Medulloblastoma

Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
• $75,000 Joanna Kitlinska, Ph.D. for research in Ewing’s sarcoma
• $100,000 Jeffrey Toretsky, M.D. (3rd Annual Force 3 Fellowship Award) for research in Ewing’s sarcoma

National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health
• $75,000 Christine Heske, M.D., for research in Ewing’s sarcoma

Program/Facility Grants

Johns Hopkins Medicine
• $100,000 Toward $1.5 M Pledge for The Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc.’s Pediatric Oncology Outpatient Unit in the Bloomberg Children’s Tower

The Children’s Inn at National Institutes of Health
• $8,000 Funding for a 5th “Shirley’s Kids” Respite Weekend
• $25,000 Funding for an Education and Instructional Support Program or Feeding Families Program
• $40,000 Emergency Funding for repairs to the Inn due to storm damage

Children’s National Health System
• $25,000 Dr. Jeffrey Dome for funding toward a Fertility Preservation Program

Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai
• $20,000 Funding toward an Adolescent and Young Adult Support Group

Horizon Day Camp
• $25,000 Funding for five children to attend camp for seven (7) weeks during the summer

University of Maryland Medical Center
• $32,000 Toward $200,000 pledge for The Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc.’s Magic Castle at the Maryland Proton Treatment Center

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