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Let's Help Dr. O'Reilly Fight Pediatric Cancer

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Dr. Richard O’Reilly has been the Chairman of Pediatrics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for over thirty years. He’s a leading expert on bone marrow transplants and pioneered an approach that is now used to treat over 2,500 patients annually. In his position as chairman, he has helped lead a team of the world’s best doctors, nurses, and researchers in their battle to save lives. As one oncologist told me: “Dr. O’Reilly has never been able to distance himself from the outcome. He thinks we’ve failed if we don’t save every single kid.”So let’s help him save every single kid. Dr. O’Reilly is stepping down this year, and in honor of his service, we are raising to aid in the fight against pediatric cancer.Two-thirds of the money raised in this campaign will be allotted to pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering. The hospital is internationally known for its breakthroughs in cancer treatment, and continues to lead the way in innovation. When dealing with specialized research on rare cancers,small amounts of money can lead to life-saving breakthroughs. The remaining third will be used to psychologically and socially support the young patients and their families as they endure the excruciatingly difficult battle against cancer. This includes non-medical services such as therapy and subsidies for travel. For as Dr. O’Reilly says, “Our goalis not just to cure these children, but to return them whole into theworld.” Funding is scarce for pediatric cancer. Because cancer most often occurs in older populations, pharmaceutical companies are not incentivized to develop treatments for cancers that develop during childhood. Therefore, nearly all funding for the research of pediatric cancer comes from private donations. Please consider donating, and let’s help empower Dr. O’Reilly and the team at Memorial Sloan Kettering as they work to end pediatric cancer. We've created donation levels that are appropriately themed for the battle.To see the stories upon which this fundraiser is based, visit:www.facebook.com/humansofnewyork

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