Currently, nearly 80% of children with pediatric cancers are cured, illustrating significant gains in our understanding of basic cancer biology and the development and application of new therapies in the last 30 years. Still, our work is not finished until all children are cured of cancer through preventative genetic screening, early detection and better, less toxic treatments. Pediatric cancer leaders at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital are working to achieve this ambitious mission. Because of the observations by Dr. James Nachman and Dr. Wendy Stock the University of Chicago established an Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology clinic, which opened on August 1, 2012, to bridge pediatric and adult oncology at the University of Chicago to provide the best possible in services and outcomes to this unique group of patients. Beyond providing cutting-edge clinical care, the faculty members associated with the AYA Oncology clinic will perform research into the unique physiological and psychological issues met by AYA patients, as many patients compare the harsh, and unremitting psychological damage associated with intensive chemoradiotherapy as being similar to post- traumatic stress disorder seen in war veterans. The generosity of the Cure It On The Court Foundation has led to the creation of the AYA Oncology clinic and will continue to support the clinical and research efforts focused around the AYA population at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital in preservation of Dr. Nachman’s legacy.
Foursomes 4 Philanthropy (“F4P”), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 2008 by Jon Center and Brian Lorber, helps local non-profit organizations achieve their annual fundraising goals and brings together friends and family for a great summer golf event. Past partners include The Cancer Wellness Center (Northbrook) and Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter (Chicago). Over the past five years, the organization has raised over $20,000. This year’s 7th annual event on August 16, 2016 at White Deer Run Golf Club in Vernon Hills, IL will benefit Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter and the Lynn Sage Foundation for Cancer Research. Help F4P reach its 2015 goal of raising $10,000!
The Jennifer Lynn Snyder Teen Heart Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to create heart-safe communities by placing Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and implementing Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) programs to reduce Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in our youth. The organization was founded in memory of 17-year-old Jenny Snyder who suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest while playing soccer in Glenview, Illinois in 2008. An AutomatedExternal Defibrillator (AED), the only definitive method to resuscitate Jenny, was not available on-site. Since its inception in 2009, the Jennifer Lynn Snyder Teen Heart Foundation has worked to make Northbrook and its neighboring communities safer by placing publicly accessible AEDs in high-traffic locations such as parks and playing fields. The Jennifer Lynn Snyder Teen Heart Foundation placed seven publicly accessible Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in 2013. Six were placed outdoors in five Northbrook Parks including Village Green, Wood Oaks Green, Techny Prairie Park & Fields and Meadowhill North. The remaining AED was placed at the North Suburban YMCA.