children's cancer research can start!
We rowed for cancer, like our team name suggests. More specifically we rowed for children's cancer research. Because nobody deserves to get cancer and certainly not kids. We left the decision on which project to choose to the medical board of the Maarten van der Weijden Foundation. They chose a project which enables researchers of the Radboud UMC to create a vaccine that prevents children's cancer in children with CMMR-D syndrome.
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CMMR-D is short for Constitutional Mismatch Repair Deficiency. People with CMMR-D have a very high risk of developing brain tumors (often before age 10), and tumors of the stomach and intestines (especially of the colon, usually between the ages of 10 and 30). Furthermore, their risk of for example leukemia or Non-Hodgkin is increased (often before the age of 10). And they have an increased risk of other cancers. The tumors can develop at a younger age. Sometimes someone has several tumors at the same time and often more children in the same family will get cancer. [source: www.erfelijkheid.nl]
The Maarten van der Weijden Foundation came in contact with a family (family Weijers, see earlier post) who was willing to share their experience about what it's like living with this syndrome. Please watch the video below in which Maarten has an interview with them (in Dutch).
Total costs for this important research added up to € 125.000. There were two large donations which accounted for € 60.000. And so, we set our target amount for our Row4Cancer Atlantic crossing on the remaining € 65.000. Just days after our finish in Antigua we met our target amount, which means that the research can commence. We want to thank all donors who helped us raise as much as we did and wish the researchers good luck and keep our fingers crossed that they succeed in their attempt to create a vaccin that prevents cancer in children with CMMR-D syndrome.
And still counting...
The amount we raised is still growing. At this moment we raised € 68.897. The surplus will be donated to the Maarten van der Weijden Foundation and spend on another children's cancer research. Which one isn't sure yet, but we will keep you posted.
And don't forget we still have our auction live with awesome and unique items. Take a look and start bidding. It's for such a good cause, so really it's a win-win situation!