CURE was established in 1975 thanks to Emory University pediatric oncologist, Dr. Abdel Ragab, who organized a group of parents of his patients to form CURE as a means to build a pediatric oncology research program. At the time, the survival rate of children with cancer was a bleak ten percent. With a sense of urgency, CURE focused on improving the care and quality of life – as well as the survival rates – of children with cancer.
Serious funding for serious research.
In the past ten years, CURE has invested $34 million in innovative research at leading pediatric cancer research institutions across the nation. Our highest priority is our focus on precision medicine, treatment targeted at tumor-driving genes, which is already yielding significant results for children with recurrent and hard-to-treat cancers.
We’re there when people need us most.
The second part of our mission is to support families devastated by a childhood cancer diagnosis through programs designed to meet a family’s emotional, practical, and financial needs quickly and appropriately. CURE is in the hospitals serving meals several days a week, we provide emergency financial support to ease the burden of families in the fight, and we offer professional counseling to patients and family members. These are only a few of the ways we serve cancer patients and their families. CURE’s goal of being an ever-present help to families in crisis encompasses dozens of services designed to lighten the load of the families and make sure they know they aren’t alone.