Our goal is to find and fund cutting edge research to eliminate any barriers that prevent potential life changing treatments from being used on those who need it the most – our children. To do this, our first project is through a partnership with MSK Kids (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Pediatrics Program). We have been working with a group of world-renowned doctors and, together, have identified projects that will have an immediate impact on the lives of children at MSK and other hospitals, as well as a more long-term project that ultimately can change the way cancer is treated for everyone. These projects are costly, but the impact is immense. Eleven years ago a group of parents raised money for a project to create an antibody treatment, hoping it would save their children. For many it was too late. This very project was awarded the “Breakthrough Therapy Designation” last fall, and is now a standard part of MSK protocol for children with Neuroblastoma. That project is part of what has saved our daughter’s life. The doctors who invented that treatment have other treatments that they believe can continue to alter the way cancer (not just Neuroblastoma) is treated.
Our vision is to help doctors change the cancer landscape. We can have an immediate impact, and we intend to do so. The Tiny Dancer Project seeks to find a cure for pediatric cancer through funding specific cutting edge research and building close relationships with doctors who think big. Our donors know the specific progress and impact of each dollar they give, and can track how their money transforms into a child and their family getting their life back. Each year, The Tiny Dancer Project selects a number of specific projects at MSKCC identified by the medical advisory board to fund. This year, there are two specific research projects which are very different in scope, but both are vital to the health of children living with cancer, as well as to the contribution to the long-term search for a cure of Neuroblastoma and other pediatric cancers.