This Rock by the Sea initiative, is to involve YOU and your friends, families and businesses to raise $60,000 for ONE child’s treatment. We have partnered with the UF HEALTH Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program in Gainesville to raise the necessary funds to ensure that all of just one child’s costs are covered in the clinical trials and receive the treatment needed for pediatric brain cancer. Caring for a child with brain cancer is complicated and requires the involvement of many healthcare experts, ongoing research, and technicians, not to mention hospitality and loving care. To ensure the best treatment for a child from day one, it’s important that families find a center of medical excellence for care at diagnosis. UF HEALTH's BTIP is the premier program in the Southeast United States that is a comprehensive brain tumor program. These clinical trials are the only hope for some of these children. There are still pediatric brain tumors with less than 3% survival rate, and that is not something we can tolerate. The hope is that the benefits we see from just ONE trial will translate into other cancers too. Immunotherapy treatment has that potential. Immunotheray is our hope.
The total cost for one child’s treatment is well above $60,000, but our goal is to raise at least the $60,000.00 that can’t be covered without private donations and additional grants for these clinical trials and treatments. ONE child. There are many. We set this goal as a starting place. Together we can accomplish what will be life saving for ONE child, but lead to saving the lives of many. We hope you will consider participating in this initiative with your own twist on raising the funds. You can create your own, right here!
We will still hold our May 11-14, 2017 event at St. George Island and we will raise money for our wonderful charities, but, with your help, we can expand our base and help beyond the fun that we have that weekend. ONE child. ONE!