MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Children's Cancer Research Fund is proud to announce it has been selected as thephilanthropy partner for the 2019 Forbes/SHOOK Top Advisors Summit in Las Vegas on February 25-27. The event, a gathering of the nation's top wealth advisors, will raise funds to enable a
Christopher Moertel, MD and Michael Olin, PhD, researchers at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, discovered a protein associated with the cancer that prohibits vaccines from working to eliminate the brain tumors. The protein, called CD200, helps cancer cells avoid detection by the body's immune system.
Olin has found a solution to inhibit the protein, through the use of tiny peptides, allowing the vaccine to work more effectively and supporting the immune system. Initial studies in animals, including canine patients, show incredible promise and a clinical trial for adults is set to launch this winter. A pediatric clinical trial is a necessary next step to bring the therapy to children around the country. More than 4,000 kids and teens are diagnosed with brain or spinal cord tumors each year in the United States.
Researchers also believe this breakthrough will enhance the effectiveness of current therapies for many other cancers, including breast, ovarian and prostate cancers, as well as melanoma.
"Every so often in the field of cancer therapy, these huge steps happen that make a big difference for a lot of people," said Moertel. "We really think this has the promise to do that, and support from CCRF and SHOOK Research will help us get it done as quickly as possible."
During the Forbes/SHOOK Top Advisors Summit, attendees will learn more about the groundbreaking research from Dr. Moertel and hear from two families whose lives have been impacted by brain tumors—Lindsay and Zack Mertz, whose daughter Maddison passed away in 2017, and Bernadette and Kevin Long, whose son Connor is currently in treatment for brain cancer.
"Cancer is the biggest killer among children after accidents, so we all need to battle this together," said R.J. Shook, founder of SHOOK Research. "I promised a two-year-old boy, Conner, we will fight this together, and that I would do anything I can to help him and others."
About Children's Cancer Research FundChildren's Cancer Research Fund invests in groundbreaking research that is leading to better treatments and cures for children with cancer. CCRF also funds vital family support services and advocates for childhood cancer education and awareness. Since 1981, CCRF donors have helped fund research that has revolutionized the way childhood cancer is treated worldwide. Visit childrenscancer.org or call 877-457-1091 to learn more.
About SHOOKTM Research and the 2019 Forbes/SHOOK Top Advisors SummitSHOOKTM Research is the world's only Wealth Advisor research organization with deep due diligence on the quality of the advisors. Its Wealth Advisor rankings appear as feature stories in Forbes Magazine, Forbes.com, Working Mother and 43 regional publications across the country. SHOOK creates the "America's Top Givers" ranking, an annual feature in Forbes that has helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars. The annual Forbes/SHOOK Top Advisors Summit gathers the nation's top wealth advisors and industry leaders to share ideas and best practices to lead the industry into the future. Last year, the group raised $550,000 for Susan G. Komen to battle breast cancer. Visit: SHOOKresearch.com.
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