In 2018, Cure Rock stepped in to help support our program’s tumor banking efforts. What is a tumor bank you ask? If you step into a tumor bank, you would see processing equipment, vials, freezers, etc. With the permission of patients and parents, we collect extra tumor tissue, blood, urine, etc. from procedures patients are already having, process it in a special way, and save it.
Banking (storing) samples is very important because these allow researchers to ask new questions about pediatric cancer, why it happens, and how we might find better treatments! Banking samples is also very important because over time, as new technologies arise, researchers can go back to banked samples and get better answers to questions using these new tools.
The cancer treatments we use today are a result of decades worth of clinical trial data and data from patient tumor samples. Tumor banking today contributes to future updates in pediatric cancer treatments.
I was completely honored and excited when Cure Rock announced their decision to support local tumor banking efforts. We are making excellent progress! It means a lot to see my co-workers partner with artists in the community to support research efforts for our patients.
In close, I hope those reading this will consider attending or donating to Cure Rock 2019! It is an amazing, community-driven music event, and the proceeds will continue to provide important support for oncology research.