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Childhood cancer research receives less than 4% of its funding from the federal government? Kids deserve more than that. Help make a difference...

 

Gold In September was founded by Annie Bartosz who lost her twin brother to cancer in 2012 and her father in 2016 to the long-term effects of cancer treatments he received when he was in his early twenties.  She saw the nation turn pink in October for breast cancer and became determined to unite the country with the color gold in September to raise money for childhood cancer research and the development of new, less-toxic therapies.  Annie knows it will take everyone to join in the fight to bring new and innovative treatments to those who need it most.

"We can't win the battle against childhood cancer with only the wounded, that's like trying to win the war with only the wounded."–Annie Bartosz

We can all be part of the win!

     

 

Did you Know?

40,000 kids are actively battling cancer right now?

Owen Levandowski

“Normal” means different things in different families.  For Owen’s mom, the normal childhood she envisioned for her son was crushed with his cancer diagnosis.  Daily life now consists of managing treatments, medicines and side effects and it is a constant struggle for her to watch her spirited boy deal with nausea, difficulty eating, and losing his hair.  Through good days and bad days, the entire family rallies to keep faith that a cure for Owen and others will be found.  Giving up is never an option.  Donate to be a part of the solution. 

 

Did you Know?

Cancer is the leading cause of natural death between the ages of 1 and 19?

David Margolis, M.D.​

Program director, Bone Marrow Transplant, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Professor, the Medical College of Wisconsin

Dr. Margolis is trying to change the statistics.  His goal is 100 percent quality of life survival for every child diagnosed with cancer.  He and his team at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin enroll 90 percent of their patients in more than 140 open clinical trials, which means he collaborates with experts worldwide to bring kids the most innovative treatments here in Wisconsin or direct them to potentially life-saving therapies elsewhere — pushing the borders and boundaries of possibility for every child, everywhere.  We are all part of a greater community of hope. Ground breaking research, he says, is the key to finding treatments and cures that will alleviate suffering and give kids a chance - not just for survival, but for long, healthy lives. Donate to be a part of the solution. 

 

Did You Know?

Pediatric cancers are very different from adult cancers and, therefore, need their own research and treatments?

Kyson Newman

At one-year-old little Kyson was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer.  He has spent every holiday of his life in the hospital. While his mother wishes they could have just a “normal” day at the park or zoo, she finds joy in the caring medical teams who are amused by Kyson’s toddler antics and keeps faith in a greater plan.  She lives each day with the knowledge that tomorrow is never guaranteed, and makes the most of each day by staying positive, finding joy in every situation, and sharing this attitude with others.  If you know of someone with a cancer diagnosis, she says, reach out!  Check in and ask them what they need.  And, support early phase clinical trials so a cure can be found. 

 

Did You Know?

Childhood cancer is not one disease? There are 16 major types of pediatric cancers and over 100 subtypes.

Sid Rao, MD 

Blood Center of Wisconsin, Associate Investigator

Children’s Hospital of WI, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Cell Biology

Dr. Rao’s life work has been studying the DNA changes that lead to cancer.  From his lab at the Blood Center of Wisconsin, he focuses on new treatments for pediatric cancers and bone marrow transplants and helps kids from behind the scenes to fight and survive.  Dr. Rao says children are under the radar of the federal government and private drug companies and thus critical research is underfunded.  Private funding will be needed to advance research to end this horrible disease.

Everyone can be part of the equation of awareness, investment, and effort that results in a successful solution.

 

Did You Know?

By 2020, it is predicted there will be more than 500,000 childhood cancer survivors in the United States?

Elysia Mireles

Elysia is a fighter.  She was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at nine years old and fought hard through difficult treatments and their side effects.  After being declared cancer free last year, Elysia’s disease relapsed in July 2018.  But hope remains strong.  Her family is hopeful that innovative immunotherapy treatments and targeted gene therapy can once again restore Elysia’s health and Elysia is planning for the future.  “I want to grow up to be a pediatric nurse so I can show the same love and care that so many showed me,” she said. 

Help Elysia and support research to find a cure. 

 

Did You Know?

The incidence of invasive pediatric cancers is up 29% in the past 20 years?

Meghan Belongia, RN

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Meghan always knew she wanted to be a nurse.  Diagnosed with leukemia at age 5, she bonded with the nurses during her own painful and difficult treatments and, when she was grown, began helping kids in similar situations.  As a pediatric nurse practitioner who is also a cancer survivor, Meghan is able to give children and families the hope they need to endure a challenging road to recovery and survival.  Don’t be afraid, Megan says, to look in the eyes of a child with cancer.  Talk to them, support their family, and take action to fund early phase clinical trials to find cures. By having conversations, we can break down the barriers and the fears and allow a future next generation of nurses, like Meghan, to make a difference.

 

Did You Know?

Every 2 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer? That’s why it’s time for your help!

 

Eli Hansen

It was the worst news a mother should have to tell her child.  At four years old, Eli was diagnosed with a rare cancer and his mother Jamie had to explain it to him in a way he could understand.  After successfully completing 17 months of traditional treatments and enrolling in a clinical trial to help him stay free of disease, Eli’s cancer relapsed in August 2018. Eli’s disease has no specific, known protocol for a relapse. Experts from around the country are now being consulted in an effort to coordinate a treatment plan to restore Eli to good health so that he may survive and thrive.  Support early phase clinical trials to find a cure for Eli.

 

Did You Know?

In the last 20 years, only 4 new drugs have been approved to treat pediatric cancer specifically? 

Annie and Sarah Bartosz
G9 Co-Founders

When you meet Sarah Bartosz, you would have no idea of the grief she has known as a result of childhood cancer.  She lost her 10-year-old son, Jack, to cancer in 2012 and her husband, John, in 2016 to the long-term effects of cancer treatments he received when he was in his early twenties.  She often says it is as though her family was struck by lightning twice. But Sarah has turned her unimaginable sorrow into action and, with her daughter Annie, founded Gold In September to push for the next generation of treatments and therapies, a generation of cures.  Sarah is tirelessly striving to support early phase clinical trials so no parent, spouse, or loved one will have to experience the same tragedy. 

 

 

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