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Cannonball Kids’ cancer Foundation (CKc) held its second annual Gold Gala this month to raise money to fund pediatric cancer trials. The sold-out event with 300 guests brought in $300,000, doubling the amount raised at last year’s inaugural event.
After their son’s 2012 diagnosis of stage IV high risk neuroblastoma, Melissa and Michael Wiggins founded CKc upon realizing how little was spent on researching treatments for children fighting for their lives against pediatric cancer.
“I am blown away by the support our foundation has received. To raise $300,000 from only our second gala is a huge accomplishment. However, I am even more proud knowing the money is not sitting in our bank account and that, within the next few weeks, it is going directly to fund potentially life-saving research for children’s cancer,” said Melissa Wiggins, co-founder and executive director of Cannonball Kids’ cancer. “As our motto states, Research Is the Key!”
Three innovative trials will each be awarded $100,000 to be used toward their research. Within two weeks of the gala, two of the three trials received their first installments.
CKc is currently helping to fund six additional pediatric cancer trials, which are directly impacting the lives of almost 40 children who are currently fighting cancer in 12 states. Without these trials, these children would have few options left for survival.
For more information on CKc or to donate, visit cannonballkidscancer.org.