Lindsay Zappala wrote -
Studio 5 is honored to participate in Avapalooza 2015. I (Lindsay) will lead the 6pm ride and hope to see familiar faces in the crowd. Lets all rally together, ride together and raise money on behalf of one very brave little girl and Cure ATRT Now. Will you join me? Please register, and donate a little extra if you can. xo ~ L
Please donate to help find a cure for AT/RT!!!
Atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT) is deadly tumor diagnosed in childhood. AT/RT most commonly presents as a brain tumor, but can occur elsewhere in the central nervous system including the spinal cord.
AT/RT is highly malignant and thus has a high mortality rate. The age of the child at diagnosis has a significant correlation to survival rates. Children over three have seen survival rates in the 70-80% range. Unfortunately, for children under three, that rate falls to 10%. Because most children diagnosed with AT/RT are under three, the overall survival rate has historically been very low.
There currently is no known cure for AT/RT. However, there has been dramatic improvements in treatments recently and there is increased optimism that these new treatments will soon lead to significantly higher survival rates.