Press On Updates

Dr. William E. Evans Joins the Press On Medical Advisory Board

by Sarah T. ::

Press On is proud to welcome Dr. William E. Evans to our Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Evans served at St. Jude’s director and CEO from 2004-2014. From 1986 to 2002, he chaired the St. Jude Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and from 2002 to 2004 served as the hospital’s scientific director and executive vice president. He also […]

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Play It Forward: The Spirit of Press On

by Sarah T. ::

By now, all of you have heard us use the words Play It Forward. Many of you participated in our social media challenge, and some of you even created your own fundraisers. Take Eric Neevel, an Avett Brothers fan who approached the Crawfords in July hoping to raise money in honor of Hallie. His idea […]

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Medical University of South Carolina Visit

by Turner Simkins ::

Last week, I met with Bobby Houck and Hank Futch of the Blue Dogs along with Barbara Rivers of MUSC and Dr. Jackie Kraveka to discuss Dr. Kreveka’s breakthrough neuroblastoma research at MUSC.  Through the Blue Dogs and Friends concert this December 28, all monies directed to Press On will be reserved for the support of this […]

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Holiday Shopping for Press On!

by Sarah T. ::

Below is a list of vendors with items that support Press On. We will update it as more items become available. CauseNetwork: Online Shopping at Over 1000 Stores! When you shop through our personal CauseNetwork Press On Marketplace a percentage of your purchases at hundreds of online stores will go to Press On. Special deals on hotels, as […]

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Press On Welcomes a Third Family to the Team

by Sarah T. ::

You’ve met the Chances and the Simkins, and now Press On is proud to announce that we are adding another family to the team: The Crawfords! Bob and Melanie Crawford’s daughter Hallie was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011; the Crawfords and Simkins met while at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. You may know Bob as […]

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GoPro for a Cause

by Sarah T. ::

Did you ever see the GoPro for a Cause video for Turner’s song “Possibilities,” recorded by Darius Rucker for St. Jude? Thanks GoPro, Darius Rucker, and St. Jude! Find the song on iTunes today!

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A Great Day at the Georgia Cancer Center

by Tara Simkins ::

Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending the day at the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University, touring the research labs and clinical trials units, and listening to updates from Drs. Ted Johnson and David Munn regarding the Phase I relapsed brain tumor immunotherapy trial using the drug indoximod, the arms of this trial, and […]

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T-Cell Research Showing Promise!

by Turner Simkins ::

Augusta, GA.     Research premised in altering the human T-Cell to attack cancer cells in much the same way that they would attack a virus or bacteria is showing much promise, as recently published in a New York Times article.   The Press On Fund has invested in two separate studies for NK Cell therapy,  for […]

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Press On Pleased to Announce Long Term Georgia-Regents University Partnership

by Turner Simkins ::

Press On is pleased to announce its long term partnership with Georgia Regents University in establishing a translational pediatric oncology research program for the State of Georgia. The landmark grant which made possible through was achieved with the valuable support of Janus Research and Tony and Jeanie Loop. For more information about this announcement, on […]

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Press On and Rising Tide Foundation for Clinical Cancer Research award Grant for $800,000 for a Pediatric Neuroblastoma Trial

by Sarah T. ::

Atlanta, GA:   The Press On Fund and the Rising Tide Foundation for Clinical Cancer Research (RTFCCR) are pleased to announce their first collaborative grant in the amount of $800,000 to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA), Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), and the University of Southern California, to initiate the New Approaches to Neuroblastoma […]

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Why Your Donation is Important to Press On

by Erin Chance ::

Did you know only 4% of federal funding for cancer goes to childhood cancer research, despite the fact that childhood cancer kills more American children than any other disease? About 60% of all funding for the development of new drugs for adult cancer comes from pharmaceutical companies, but those companies provide almost no funding for […]

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Press On Progress!

by Stephen Chance ::

Dear Press On supporters, we look forward to updating you periodically about progress being made as a result of Press On grants. We are very grateful for your belief in our cause and your trust that we will use your money wisely. This edition will focus on exciting developments at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the fight against neuroblastoma. One of Press On’s primary goals is taking the laboratory discoveries enabled by Press On support and applying those discoveries in the clinic through clinical trials. Remarkably, Dr. Wing Leung and his talented support staff have opened three clinical trials as a result of Press On funding! If that weren’t exciting enough, Dr. Leung has also published an article in the peer-reviewed journal Blood that specifically credits Press On!

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MIBG Update: a Q and A with Kelly Goldsmith, M.D.

by Stephen Chance ::

On the first anniversary of Patrick’s death, January 9, 2013, we celebrated his life by dedicating a state of the art MIBG facility at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Patrick travelled to Philadelphia and New York frequently for treatment not available in Atlanta, including four MIBG treatments at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The first two were intended to be curative; the latter two merely palliative. All four were necessary as we fought for his life. As a reminder, MIBG is a radioactive tracer delivered intravenously that is absorbed by neuroblastoma cells. It is used at low doses to measure a neuroblastoma patient’s tumor burden. At high doses the radiation kills neuroblastoma cells while sparing nearby cells. As MIBG veterans, we recognized that MIBG treatment, either alone or in combination with other agents, was here to stay as part of neuroblastoma treatment. But there was no MIBG center located in the southeast during our battle. We at Press On changed that by funding the construction of the MIBG suite at CHOA, which uniquely includes two separate rooms – one for the patients and one for the family, as well as cutting edge technology designed to better entertain the kids and the parents during the four day isolation period. Importantly, the design also promised to reduce radiation exposure to the caregivers – both patents and clinicians.

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Press On in Augusta, GA… and Beyond

by Turner Simkins ::

We have some exciting news to share with you regarding Press On and its move to the CSRA Community Foundation in Augusta, GA (“CSRACF”).  As you know, Press On was the first “named fund” of CURE Childhood Cancer, Inc.  For over six years, CURE’s administrative support, specifically efforts by Kristin Connor, her staff, the Board, […]

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Press On in the Morning

by Turner Simkins ::

It is Friday morning, exactly one month since the Play for Press On tournament in Augusta. Thirty days ago, I woke early and jumped in with a literal army of compassionate volunteers who had taken a day of their lives to pull off this event. In its second year, it has already been ingrained as […]

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‘Press On to CURE Childhood Cancer’ Funds New Cancer Therapy Program at the Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta 
Radiation Program

by Erin Chance ::

Atlanta, Georgia – June 26, 2012 – Press On to CURE Childhood Cancer will help fund a new radiation therapy program at the Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta with a $200,000 donation. This funding will help with construction of the specialty radiation room, named in honor of Patrick Chance, and other aspects of the MIBG service. Patrick passed away in January 2012 after valiantly fighting neuroblastoma for more than five years. There are currently only a small number of centers around the country who currently offer MIBG treatment.

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