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

By Sarah Turner Davis · June 5, 2015

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 · April 30, 2015

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 · March 24, 2015

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 · July 1, 2014

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 · March 6, 2014

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 · October 28, 2013

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 · June 27, 2012

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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Why Press On?

By Turner Simkins · April 26, 2012

The Press On Mission was recently galvanized with a two year $303,420 commitment to the Washington University and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s collaborative Pediatric Cancer Genome Project for the study of Acute Myeloid Leukemia marked by 7q deletion. This is the specific subtype of leukemia developed by Brennan Simkins, who with Patrick Chance (neuroblastoma), is one of the two inspirations of the Press On mission.

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Reid on the Run for Press On

By Susie Adamson · February 3, 2012

Press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

The verse from Philippians sums it all up for the Press On Fund mission. The “race” itself is self-evident. Like hundreds of thousands of families throughout the United States (and the world) the Simkins and Chance families have fought, and continue to fight, the race against childhood cancer, specifically neuroblastoma and AML. And today, volunteers, donors, friends and family continue to develop tools with which the Press On Fund can compete in this Race.

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You Inspire Me

By Susie Adamson · November 30, 2011

Below is a letter written to Brennan from his Uncle Quniton Stevens after completing he completed the 1st of his 2 Half Iron Man competitions – this year!. Despite the physical challenges that presented themselves during his race, he Pressed On! Since this letter was written Q, as we all lovinging refer to him, has successfully completed his 2 Half Iron Man competitions in Brennan’s honor.

Dear Brennan,

Uncle Q has been mightily impressed by how tough you have been over the last two years. Hearing how you and your parents have dealt with the challenges you have faced has inspired me and I’m sure thousands of other people who have followed your journey through your Daddy and Mommy’s CarePages updates.

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Save the Date

By Tara Simkins · August 19, 2011

Join us on September 30, 2011 for CURE’s Press On Day honoring Patrick and Brennan.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Each year, more than 10,000 new cases of childhood cancer are diagnosed – approximately 46 children and adolescents EVERY DAY. Childhood cancer remains the number one disease killer of American children despite recent gains made for certain pediatric cancers such as acute lymphocytic leukemia. In fact, over 25% of children diagnosed with cancer will be dead within 5 years.

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Play for Patrick – Thank You!

By Erin Chance · August 11, 2011

We are humbled by the amazing success of our fifth annual Play for Patrick Tennis Tournaments. We are still in the process of tabulating the results of the weekend, but we estimate that we raised around $75,000!!! I am grateful to the many people who helped plan the weekend, donated items to the auction, sponsored our efforts, and donated to the cause.

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Press On – Thank You

By Stephen Chance · March 14, 2011

Dear Friends of CURE:
With the New Year well under way, and with your gracious contributions to the Press On to Cure Childhood Cancer Fund already invested in three meaningful and potentially revolutionary research initiatives, we are writing to deliver our 2010-2011 fiscal year update.

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Press On – A Process

By Tara Simkins · September 30, 2010

Press On is a process through which families can share what they have learned with other families.  Your world comes to a screeching halt when you are told your child has cancer.  You are in shock. All the while, however, the world continues to spin around you at warp speed.  You catch bits and pieces…

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