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The CureSearch Walk

May 9th, 2010 by jnedley

After Carter passed away, we asked everyone whose life he had touched to consider making a donation to support CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation. We soon started receiving cards almost daily from CureSearch, identifying those who made a gift in memory of our beloved son. Our thanks to everyone for supporting this wonderful organization.

For those of you who may not know, CureSearch raises private research funds for the Children’s Oncology Group, a worldwide network of more than 5,000 physicians, nurses, and scientists whose collaboration, research and care have turned childhood cancer from a disease thought virtually incurable to nearly 80 percent curable.

Nearly 80 percent of CureSearch’s budget comes from grants and Federal funding. But increases to current levels of funding are unlikely, according to this recent story from The Plain Dealer. So CureSearch has begun seeking means to augment the support it receives from private and nongovernmental sources.

The Plain Dealer story features Steven Crowley, who lost his daughter, Olivia, to cancer in 2005. He and his wife, Cynthia, are lobbying for increased allocations of Federal money. But they’re also dedicated fundraisers. And today, they were co-chairs of the Cleveland CureSearch Walk, which attracted more than 500 people — including a contingent from The Carter Nedley Foundation — to Cleveland Botanical Gardens to celebrate pediatric cancer survivors and to remember those lost to this terrible affliction.

We spoke briefly to Gregory Plautz, one of the doctors who treated Carter at The Cleveland Clinic. He told us this year was the first the event was held in Cleveland. Surely it won’t be the last — according to this report from WEWS, the Cleveland CureSearch Walk raised more than $45,000.

The embedded video, also from WEWS, starts with an interview with Mr. Crowley. But keep watching — you might catch a glimpse of three familiar faces wearing “Carter’s Crew” t-shirts.

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