Detroit, MI (PRWEB) October 22, 2012
The Matthew Bittker Foundation has partnered with the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation (CHM Foundation) for the Shop4aCure fundraiser to advance the research and treatment for children diagnosed and / or treated with neuroblastoma at the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
About Shop4aCure: it is a booklet that is sold for $50 in which shoppers receive a 20% discount at participating Shop4aCure businesses for ten days. The Somerset Collection and numerous other retailers from around Metro-Detroit have joined Shop4aCure to help raise much needed funds for research. Books will be sold at various restaurants and salons. A full list of participating locations can be found at: http://www.itswhatmatters.org/documents/onlinebooklet.pdf.
This funding will help support a new treatment for neuroblastoma, called antibody immunotherapy, which may improve survival of high-risk neuroblastoma patients for the first time in almost 30 years. Neuroblastoma is the most common non-brain solid cancer in children. Unfortunately, currently more than 50% of children with neuroblastoma have what is termed, “high risk” disease: an aggressive, disseminated and extremely difficult to treat tumor. This new research will be able to approach treatment of this devastating disease from a new angle- tailoring a program initially used with success to treat breast cancer patients. The DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan exclusively is conducting this research in order to improve the future treatment plans for patients.
About the Mathew Bittker Foundation
Hope: It’s What Matters. Matthew Bittker was six years old when he lost his battle with Neuroblastoma. In his memory, his family started the Matthew Bittker Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to fund research for Neuroblastoma and other forms of pediatric cancer. The foundation hosts numerous events throughout the year and has created restricted research funds at the University of Chicago and the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.
About Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation
Founded in 2003, the CHM Foundation supports the healthcare needs of children by raising philanthropic support for pediatric medical education, pediatric focused research and prevention of childhood diseases and injuries, and child advocacy efforts. The Foundation is recognized as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization by the Internal Revenue Service and is governed by a 23-member board of directors. Learn more at http://www.chmfoundation.org.