Funded research is the only way to create change in the outcomes for kids fighting rare pediatric cancer. The Beat Cancer giving program is the heart and soul of our organization, and 70% of our mission focus. It’s why we exist.
Funds from this program will be granted to Levine Children’s to help build the Isabella Santos Foundation Rare & Solid Tumor Program supporting rare pediatric cancer research. The ISF Rare and Solid Tumor Program opened in July 2020, with the arrival of the world-renowned cancer researcher, Dr. Giselle Sholler. The program rapidly grew to double solid tumor patient volume by the end of 2020, with patients from 20 countries.
Donors who give to the Beat Cancer program will help build a global rare childhood cancer program, fund much needed research for rare cancers, and ultimately create lasting impacts for kids fighting.
“The growth that has occurred in Charlotte for Pediatric Oncology has largely been due to the partnership and generosity of the Isabella Santos Foundation. The clinic will grow to become an international and national destination healthcare for children with solid tumors, brain cancers, and rare cancers. We will grow the precision medicine program, not only for children coming from across the globe but also for all children diagnosed here in Charlotte. In collaboration with the Levine Cancer Institute, we envision that every child diagnosed with a solid tumor here at Levine Children’s will have their tumor collected, banked, sequenced, and created into cell lines for research. This is so important for us to learn all that we can about each child to help them as well as to perform research in our laboratory to help us create better treatments and new clinical trials.” Dr. Sholler, Director, ISF Rare & Solid Tumor Program Director at Levine Children’s
Over the course of our foundation, ISF has donated $2,645,855 to Levine Children’s to help support pediatric cancer research.