Milwaukee-based Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC Fund) has announced a seven-year, $25 million pledge to the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in support of efforts to accelerate pediatric cancer and blood disorder research.
The largest pledge ever made by the MACC Fund will support efforts at the two hospitals to research new methods of healthcare delivery, including pediatric immunotherapy, psychosocial support, and telehealth. According to the fund, the hospitals' partnership serves to accelerate research and increase the number and types of clinical trials.
"Their pledge will enable our researchers to continue to drive innovation and push technology to advance the next revolution in therapies that will enable the best possible outcomes for kids," said Medical College of Wisconsin president and CEO John Raymond.
"I believe in the power of prayer and paired with the innovation and research of Children's Hospital, the Medical College of Wisconsin and the MACC Fund, after only two cycles of therapy with a trial treatment, my cancer was gone," said Raphael Ordan, 19, who was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin lymphoma in 2017 and today is cancer-free. "[B]ecause of this successful trial, thousands of kids will have an easier time beating cancer."