Media Release: Chase After a Cure presented a check for $100,000 to pediatric
oncologist Dr. Jacqueline Kraveka and her team at the Medical University
of South Carolina Children’s Hospital on Sept. 26. Each year during
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, Chase After a Cure
presents MUSC with a check for money raised over the course of the last
year to support pediatric cancer research. Charleston Mayor John
Tecklenburg also attended, proclaiming September as Childhood Cancer
Awareness Month in the City of Charleston.
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is a nationwide effort to bring
attention to more than 15,000 children and teenagers diagnosed with
cancer each year. Cancer is the No. 1 cause of disease-related death
among children. Locally, about 70 children are diagnosed with cancer
each year at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Since its founding in 2009, Chase After a Cure has donated more than
half a million dollars to MUSC for research and equipment, specifically
in the area of the very aggressive neuroblastoma.
Chase After a Cure was started in 2009 by Summerville resident Whitney
Ringler and her family after her son, Chase, was given a 30 percent
chance of survival after being diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, a
cancer of the nerve tissue of the sympathetic nervous system. Chase
survived this aggressive form of cancer and now his family works
tirelessly on behalf of childhood cancer research.