About P4P

Play for Patrick is a week-long charity event featuring amateur and pro-am tennis tournaments, a swim fest, a golf tournament, a wine dinner, silent and live auctions with an auction party, and a cocktail party.  In its eighth year, Play for Patrick has grown from a single tennis tournament to a event-filled week of fun and philanthropy.  All proceeds from Play for Patrick help Press On fund research grants for less toxic, more effective treatments for childhood cancer. With the exception of the cocktail party, all events are at Druid Hills Golf Club, 740 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30307.

Press On was formed by Erin and Stephen Chance after their three year-old son, Patrick, was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma in June 2006. After his original diagnosis, Patrick endured three years of therapy, including multiple surgeries, 10 rounds of chemotherapy, the last of which was so strong he required an autologous stem cell transplant to survive, 12 rounds of radiation, 9 months of oral chemo, and 2 years of painful monoclonal antibody therapy. Despite this intense treatment, Patrick relapsed a mere two months after completing therapy. After a valiant fight, Patrick passed away on his ninth birthday, January 9, 2012. His legacy lives on as we continue to fulfill his desire to “heal people” through targeted research grants.
In 2009, Press On’s mission grew to include a focus on acute myeloid leukemia (AML) when the Chance’s dear friends, Tara and Turner Simkins, joined forces with Press On as a result of their son Brennan’s diagnosis with AML on the eve of his seventh birthday. It was a fitting partnership as AML is a common secondary cancer that neuroblastoma patients develop as a result of the harsh treatments required to battle neuroblastoma. After relapsing multiple times, Brennan received a total of four stem cell transplants and is currently in remission. He is now fighting to find a cure with far fewer and riskier options available.

Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of American children, killing more children than asthma, AIDS, muscular dystrophy, diabetes and cystic fibrosis combined. The often-quoted cure rate for pediatric cancer is skewed by tremendous success in treating acute lymphoblastic leukemia, but the cure rates for stage IV neuroblastoma and AML are much lower. In fact, over 25% of children diagnosed with any type of cancer will die within five years and the overall cure rate for pediatric cancer has not improved in over a decade. Patients like Patrick are included in this “cure rate” despite dying from cancer after fighting for more than 5 years. This is simply unacceptable.

Press On’s goal is to achieve a greater cure rate for these cruel diseases while mitigating the potentially devastating side effects of current therapy, which can include secondary cancers, developmental delays, hearing loss, infertility, scoliosis, and others. To accomplish this goal, Press On provides grants to scientists conducting research into novel, targeted therapies for neuroblastoma and AML. Please join us in the fight against childhood cancer.

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