Team CKc Courier for January 15, 2016

Happy New Year, CKc Community!

Wow, only two weeks into the new year and Team CKc is running full steam ahead!! What a small but amazing team we have built!

We have hit the ground running on our first formal fundraising event, the 2016 Gold Gala! The event will be held in Orlando, Florida, on April 23. Due to limited space, the event is by invitation. However, we are looking to sign on some great corporate sponsors and most of the sponsor packages include tickets to the event. If you or your company is interested in helping to sponsor, we would love to hear from you! Remember, the purpose of the Gold Gala event is to raise $100,000 in one night to help us fund two new pediatric cancer clinical trials. We know we can reach our goal, but we can't do it without your help!! Please consider sponsoring this very special event. For more sponsor information, please email Gold.Gala@cannonballkidscancer.org. Thank you!

Also, we want to give a special "shout out" to our Gold Gala committee who are all working on a volunteer basis to create an extraordinary night to benefit pediatric cancer. We are truly blessed to have you on our team!! Thank you!!

We also have made a big improvement to our business systems that will enable us to grow in a smarter and more efficient way and, most importantly, help us to better communicate with our CKc Community! We are currently building out our system and hope to be fully utilizing it within one month.

Team CKc is excited to let you know the first clinical trial CKc funded last fall has enrolled its first patient. The clinical trial researches new immunotherapy treatment options and their potential impact on pediatric brain cancer and possibly other childhood cancers. Dr. Theodore Johnson, at Georgia Regents University (GRU) in Augusta, Georgia, is leading this important trial and he has been in regular communication with us. We are thrilled to be working with him and his talented team.

We are also looking forward and preparing grant guidelines and processes for 2016 and beyond. Our hope is to fund two more clinical trials this year focused on the pediatric cancers neuroblastoma and rhabdomyosarcoma. There will much more information to come about this goal in the new year.

Lastly, Melissa is traveling to Scotland next week to meet with contacts from universities, high schools and hospitals to help share information about pediatric cancer, spread awareness and investigate clinical trials in which CKc may help support in the future, including a trial for DIPG, a type of pediatric cancer which has a zero percent survival rate. Cancer knows no geographic boundaries and CKc is focused on supporting trials both domestically and internationally if it means we can find a cure more rapidly.

So much exciting news already!! Here's to making 2016 our biggest and best year yet!

Until next time!

Debra