June 10, 2014
This season, the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams at John Handley High School in Winchester, VA, came together again to work towards an even bigger goal – curing cancer.
Partnering with Red Card Cancer, a program that unites the global soccer community together towards finding a cure, the teams were able to raise over $3,700 towards cancer research at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The funds raised will support the work of scientists at the Kimmel Cancer Center who are discovering new, effective cancer treatments from already existing drugs. To facilitate research and benefit patients as quickly as possible, Hopkins established a comprehensive Drug Library including nearly 2,900 pharmaceutical drugs. This unique library allows scientists to test specific drugs for their effectiveness at halting, or even reversing, the growth of certain types of cancer. These tests have yielded astounding results, with profound implications for not only treating, but ultimately curing, patients while reducing the financial burden they face by repurposing older drugs whose costly patents have expired.
Thanks to the initiative of the soccer players at John Handley High School, the researchers and clinicians at Johns Hopkins are one step closer to defeating the world’s biggest opponent.