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The Omaha CureSearch Walk – help us fight childhood cancer

April 26, 2010

From Kellie Beresh

Myself and a group of other moms started this walk 5 years ago. As

was in the beginning, our steering committee is made up of moms who

have had children with cancer and friends of families with cancer who

feel a call to help. I got involved in the planning of the walk

because of our own experience. My son was diagnosed with Ewing’s

Sarcoma 7 years ago. Treatment lasted a year and it was horrible and

life altering for all of us. Jake’s life is a miracle and we think

all kids with cancer should have a right to that kind of miracle. He

made it and we are so thankful. Somewhere on this road of

devastation, survival and then muddling your way back to normalcy, you

go from being the victim to becoming an advocate. That feeling of

wanting to do something for the kids that will follow in your child’s

same shoes and wanting the outcomes for survival to be better with

each child that is diagnosed is our family’s motivation for helping

plan this walk. The only thing that will change the fact that

thousands of kids die from cancer every year is research and that is

the whole purpose of this walk – research specifically for childhood

cancer. Very little is spent on childhood cancer research – the

government and large cancer organizations give little money to it,

pharmaceutical companies do not research it, and hollywood stars don’t

hold fundraisers or telethons for it. Yet shockingly, childhood

cancer is the number one disease killer among children, killing more

kids than AIDS, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and muscular

dystrophy COMBINED! 1 in 300 children will be diagnosed with cancer

before the age of 20, and one fourth of those will die.

The good news is that it can be cured! Survival rates for childhood

cancer have increased 30% in just 20 years and that is with little

money being spent on it! Imagine childhood cancer getting adequate

funding and being cured. Imagine 100% of the children diagnosed with

cancer getting the chance to ride their first bike, lose their first

tooth, get their driver’s license, go to prom and graduate from high

school. My son got his future, our family stays committed to this

walk to make sure others do too. It’s the least we can do.

The Omaha CureSearch Walk is in it’s 5th year and has raised over

$500,000 for childhood cancer research. It was one of the first walks

in the country devoted to raising money for childhood cancer

research. Now there are over 20 walks around the country that have

been inspired by what we have done here in Omaha. CureSearch is the

foundation that develops and funds the clinical trials and treatments

that my son, Jake, and 90% of kids with cancer are on. The Nebraska

Medical Center and Children’s Hospital are members of CureSearch and

directly benefit from the research CureSearch does. Please join us

Saturday, June 5th from 8-10 at Village Pointe. It’s a fun family

event with lots of entertainment and food and inspiration!

Go to www.curesearchwalk.org to register or donate.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Christy Hogan permalink
    April 27, 2010 10:12 am

    Kellie is one of my favorite MOMS, too! Congrats on this honor, Kellie!
    Lova ya!

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