Real Results

2015 Achievements

Thanks to your support for Brandon's Goal Foundation and our thift store Finding Treasures for a Cure, we were able to do the following in 2015:

  • Donated $1600 to $3000 per month to the Olson Cancer Research lab at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Increased our store business by 28% in 2015
  • Assisted 8 families this year, and picking up another family at the airport the first weekend of January whose child will be in a T Cell Trial at Seattle Children's Hospital.
  • Supporting the creation of Lady Bug House, first Hospice for children in Washington state!

Thank you, supporters! Without all of you the above wouldn't of happened!


Here is an outline of our annual plan:


Funds Distribution:

  • Research: 50%. Primary recipient: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center - Olson Lab
  • Patient Services: 20%. Primary recipients: Providence Pediatric Hospice, Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Family Support: 20%. Primary recipients: we help several families per year.
  • Operational Costs: 10%, including technology, office expenses, website, social media awareness products (eg. t-shirts, hats, wristbands) and salaries.

Outreach:

  • Increase membership and outreach each year
  • Events focused on kids
  • Promote Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
  • Media coverage: Ad and media coverage whenever possible
  • Spokesperson: Seeking a celebrity spokesperson
  • Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, blog
  • Promotional items available via online store
From Dr. Jim Olson's Lab at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center:
 

"In contrast to many types of childhood cancer, where cure rates have climbed from less than 10% to more than 70%, childhood brain cancer remains very difficult to treat. A major barrier to improved therapeutics is the lack of good laboratory models to help us understand brain tumor biology and assess candidate therapies.

 
With previous funds from Brandon's Goal - and with tissue donations from Brandon and other children - we have established a world class cutting edge research program in which we generate personalized mouse models and tumor stem cell cultures from each patient.
 
The stem cell cultures are used to screen all of the FDA approved drugs and those that look promising are evaluated in the brain tumors of mice that were generated from the patient.  Using this approach, we are already identifying approved drugs that have potential to help children with brain cancer. 
 
The project is currently funded solely through donations and the costs associated with this program are high.  This gift of $25,000 from Brandon's Goal could literally be the key to identifying effective therapies that are already in our toolbox."
 
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