Inside Seattle Children’s Landmark $1B Campaign to Cure Childhood Cancer and Other Diseases

Inside Seattle Children’s Landmark $1B Campaign to Cure Childhood Cancer and Other Diseases

With cutting-edge immunotherapy treatments opening doors to fight cancer, the outlook for patients today is much better than it was even ten years ago. But these cancer treatments might leave one group behind: Children. Seattle Children’s Hospital and Seattle Children's Research Institute are hoping to flip that script with a huge research effort dedicated to creating and developing treatments that are purposefully designed to treat kids. It’s all part of the organization’s new $1 billion fundraising campaign, It Starts With Yes. Seattle Children’s chief executive officer Dr. Jeff Sperring said, “We didn’t want kids to have to wait in line for clinical trials, or for products that may come out by other corporations that are really going to be more focused on adults. So we felt like we had to take the lead and say, ‘We’re going to be the ones that are building the pipeline of clinical trials specifically for kids,'” he said. Those clinical trials include a new one led by Dr. Rebecca Gardner which will study a kind of immunotherapy that may prevent patients’ cancer from returning.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s mission is to provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. Together, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Research Institute and Foundation deliver superior patient care, identify new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients.

Ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country. As one of the nation’s top five pediatric research centers, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is internationally recognized for its work in neurosciences, immunology, cancer, infectious disease, injury prevention and much more. Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation works with the Seattle Children’s Guild Association, the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care and research. Join Seattle Children’s bold initiative – It Starts With Yes: The Campaign for Seattle Children’s – to transform children’s health for generations to come.

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