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Scientists Identify 'Mutation Accelerator' in Gene Mutation Linked to Common Adult Leukemia

Small study in mice and cells shows combination of gene-targeting drugs slows leukemia cell growth
 
In preliminary experiments with mice and lab-grown cells, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center scientists have found that a protein-signaling process accelerates the work of the gene most frequently mutated in a common form of adult leukemia and is likely necessary to bring about the full-blown disease. Read more.

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Hyundai Hope On Wheels Awards $250,000 Research Grant

Hyundai Hope on Wheels and Baltimore-area Hyundai dealers awarded a $250,000 Hyundai Scholar Hope Grant to Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, childhood cancer researcher, Alan Friedman.  He will use the grant to develop new cancer therapies that draw on children’s own immune system to tackle particularly serious brain tumor known as glioblastoma multiforme. Friedman was presented the $250,000 grant during a Hope On Wheels handprint ceremony at Johns Hopkins on September 16.

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Oncology Times Features Camp Sunrise Medical Director, Orly Klein

The Oncology Times has published a three part series on what and how oncologist spend their summer vacations. In this second series, pediatric oncologist and Camp Sunrise's Medical Director, Orly Klein talks about her summer vacation volunteering, as many Johns Hopkins pediatric oncologists, nurses and staff do, for a week long summer camp for kids with cancer, Camp Sunrise.

Read the article.

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Orioles Baseball Closing Pitcher, Zach Britton Visits the Pediatric Oncology Unit

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Orioles’ pitcher, Zach Britton, visited the Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Oncology in April to promote the campaign to Strike Out Cancer, which donates 25% of t-shirts purchased to childhood cancer research at Hopkins.  The hospital visit went very well as Zach spent over two hours visiting children in the hospital signing autographs, posing for pictures, and giving out Orioles’ merchandise.  To support Zach’s work to Strike Out Cancer, purchase a black and orange t-shirt today.
 

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Giant Food Raises Money for Pediatric Oncology with its Triple Winner Game

Giant Food of Landover, Md. will launch its eleventh annual Triple Winner game on April 10 to support pediatric cancer care and research at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Customers who donate $1* at their neighborhood Giant will receive a Triple Winner scratch card and could be an instant winner of a free product or cash up to $10,000 or provide the customer with a product coupon.

Giant Ambassadors
Ambassadors L to R: Juliana, Elijah, Michael
and Amber.

Each year, four local children who have been treated at the Kimmel Cancer Center, or receive support from The Children’s Cancer Foundation, are chosen to serve as Triple Winner ambassadors. Each ambassador has faced his or her own set of challenges, but because of the treatment they have received, they are all able to better enjoy their time with family and friends.

  • Elijah is an eleven-year-old with a Primitive Neuroectodermal tumor. From Upper Marlboro, Md., Elijah enjoys playing video games and bowling. He continues to push forward and go to school while receiving treatments.
  • Thirteen-year-old Juliana was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma when she was five. Juliana has relapsed three times, but currently has no evidence of disease and is now being treated with a combination of chemotherapies to prevent another relapse. She loves cooking and baking and wants to open her own restaurant when she grows up. Juliana lives in Manchester, Md. with her family and her dog Maddie.
  • Amber, a six-year-old diagnosed with Wilms tumor, loves watching “Frozen” and playing with her Barbie dolls. She has started kindergarten in Bel Air, Md. and was recently honored by her teachers for always showing a caring attitude toward her classmates.
  • Sixteen-year-old Michael, who was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in 2007, is a cancer survivor. Though his leg had to be amputated, he loves sports and is currently trying to start a wrestling team at his school in Baltimore, Md.

Since 2005, Giant has raised $14.7 million for pediatric cancer research through Triple Winner, and this year Giant pledges to raise $1.6 million. One hundred percent of the donations will go directly to the Pediatric Oncology Division at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and The Children’s Cancer Foundation.

 

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Patient Rasies Funds for Other Families Expenses at Johns Hopkins

Matsie, a patient in the pediatric oncology division at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, raises funds to benefit families and caregivers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. She has seen firsthand the unseen costs of care such as dailly parking, meals, gas and more and decided to help other families facing the same financial burdens that come along with cancer care that she has experience.

Read her story and learn about her fundraising in an article published by the Baltimore Sun.

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PBS - The Story of Cancer Documentary

Cancer Documentary

The Story of Cancer, a documentary based on the pulitzer prize winning novel, The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee aired on PBS stations.  Segments of this Ken Burns documentary were shot at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.  If you missed the documentary, you can watch it here.

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Ways to Live Forever Film is Available on DVD

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Last summer World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation joined forces with the Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Oncology to beat childhood cancer and raise awareness by donating a portion of the proceeds from the film, Ways to Live Forever. Now, this inspiriting video is available to everyone on DVD and online. Ways to Live Forever, can be purchased through iTunes.

The film is based on the acclaimed British children's novel by Sally Nicholls. It tells the inspiring story of an ambitious 12-year-old named Sam and his best friend, Felix. Sam has leukemia and although the adults in his life don’t want him to dwell on it, Sam wants to know everything about his disease and death, a possibility he might face. In this poignant yet ultimately uplifting tale, Sam and his family face the immensity of an uncertain future with love, humor, and a touch of the unexpected.

 

Johns Hopkins Children's Center

Pediatric Oncology facilities are located in the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

 

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