Gold Gala funds four pediatric cancer research grants

Cannonball Kids’ cancer Foundation, founded by College Park husband and wife Michael and Melissa Wiggins, raised $425K during its third annual Gold Gala, held March 3, 2018.

The money raised will be used to fund four pediatric cancer research grants. According to CKc, the four grants will impact up to 60 children battling solid tumors found only in children: Wilms’ tumor (the most common cancer of the kidney in children), hepatoblastoma (malignant tumor of the liver), and neuroblastoma (malignant cells that form in certain types of immature nerve tissue).

450 people attended this year’s gala, the largest event hosted by the CKc Foundation. The keynote speaker was Tony King, whose three-year-old son, Nolan, died April 1, 2017, due to the effects of treatment for hepatoblastoma.

Ckc co-founder Melissa Wiggins had set a goal of raising $500,000 this year and so continued the gala’s fundraising efforts through the end of March. An additional $75,000 would fund one more grant able to help 15 more children. At press time the total amount raised was $440,000.

“I’ve been saying ‘Go Big or Go Home’ since our inception! It’s a motto that runs deep in our team and in our mission. So, when we set our goal for the gala, it may have seemed most unrealistic for a three-year-old foundation to set its sights on raising a half million dollars in one night, but to us, to my team, well it’s motivation, it drives us, it pushes us to our limits and, frankly, that’s what the pediatric cancer world needs,” she said. “We didn’t make our goal, but CKc doesn’t give up! We pull our boot straps up and get right back to work!”

Pediatric cancer kills at least seven children every day. If you would like to donate to advance the research for treatment of pediatric cancer, visit cannonballkidscancer.org.

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