The Beneficiary of Ben's Run: Critical Cutting Edge Research at Children's National
Over the past six years, Ben's Run has donated a total of $433,000 to Children's National to improve the treatment of children with cancer. As in previous years, proceeds from Ben’s Run 2017 will support research to benefit the sickest children in the oncology and bone marrow units in the Center of Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National.
The funds raised from the 2017 run will continue the work of a clinical trial that began in 2013 with the support of Ben’s Run funds. This trial seeks to improve outcomes from bone marrow transplants for children with high risk leukemia who received chemotherapy treatment and have relapsed. If the study is successful, it will open the door for investigation into care for other cancers, such as solid tumors and lymphoma. All findings will be reported to the scientific community, particularly the Children’s Oncology Group – the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research.
To read more about the vital work of Ben's Run, read the 2016 Impact Report by clicking HERE
About Children's National
Children’s National receives visits from more than 19,000 children annually who are fighting cancer. Cancer treatment requires children, once diagnosed, to return for treatment often multiple times a week for months to three years depending on diagnosis. Once active treatment is completed, children must return annually for up to five years while in maintenance.
Children’s National has approximately 300 new cancer diagnoses each year and it conducts 50 bone marrow transplants each year.
In addition to treating children diagnosed with childhood cancer, including leukemia, and performing bone marrow transplants to cure or treat some of their diseases, health care professionals in the Center also treat rare immunologic disorders, hematologic disorders and sickle cell disease. Children’s cares for the second largest sickle cell disease population in the country.
Children’s National provides care to every child. It does not turn patients away based on ability to pay.