|The Muriel and Ada Hole Kids with Cancer Society Chair in Pediatric Oncology
The Hole family has supported the needs of children with cancer and their families for many years including the establishment of the Ralph Hole Jr. Memorial Fund for Camp Beat It and the Space Hole Shuttle. In 2008 Muriel and Ada Hole further demonstrated their dedication to our children by providing a $1 million donation to create the “Muriel and Ada Hole Kids with Cancer Society Chair in Pediatric Oncology”. Support from the Kids with Cancer Society and matching government funds has resulted in a $3 million research chair. The research chair will provide a significant boost in the Northern Alberta Children’s Cancer Program’s ability to conduct pioneering research and to break new ground to improve the outcome of childhood cancer and its long term effects. The recruitment process is currently underway and we look forward to providing you with updates as they become available.
This is an integral part of the process to ensure that the child is registered in a clinical trial. Clinical trials are essential to ensure that the child has the best opportunity of survival. Focusing on opening studies in the hospital and obtaining approval through the ethics committee plays an extremely important and critical role in the treatment of the child.
Childhood Cancer Survivors Program
The battle does not end with the completion of treatment. In fact, as more children survive, approximately 70% of children will experience at least one life threatening or life altering complication. This program is designed to address and monitor the needs of children and provide early intervention. The intense and extensive medical treatment necessary to achieve a cure often creates additional challenges for the children as they endure treatment during a period when they are developing emotionally, physically and intellectually. The type of follow-up prescribed will be tailored to the treatment protocol that the child received and is designed to provide early intervention aimed at decreasing life altering and life threatening complications.
It is for this reason that the Childhood Cancer Survivors Program has been identified as critical for children with cancer and their families and is a well-accepted key objective amongst health care institutes, patients, families and pediatric cancer specialists worldwide.
Bringing in renowned pediatric oncology physicians and researches to enhance the current area of expertise through learning opportunities that will be translated into quality standard care benefiting children, family and caregivers.
National Research Support
Funds are directed to the C17 Research network The focus of this national network is to conduct clinical and psychosocial peer reviewed research. As limited funding is directed towards pediatric research this network is deemed essential in the fight against childhood cancer. This is an opportunity for the Kids with Cancer Society to play a pivotal role in the development of this network through the funding of national initiatives that will benefit local children, and children residing in other areas.
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