Pictured, from left, are Debbie Rupert, Chase After a Cure board member; Adam White, Chase After a Cure executive director; Whitney Ringler, Chase After a Cure founder; Dr. David Cole, MUSC president; Kathy Cole, Chase After a Cure board member; Matthew Pecoy, Chase After a Cure board member, pediatric oncologist Dr. Jacqueline Kraveka; Chris Hoyle, Chase After a Cure medical research advisory committee; Margaret Marcoe, Chase After a Cure director of marketing; and Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg.
Chase After a Cure presented a check for $100,000 to pediatric oncologist Dr. Jacqueline Kraveka and her team at the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital on Sept. 26. Each year during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, Chase After a Cure presents MUSC with a check for money raised over the course of the last year to support pediatric cancer research. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg also attended, proclaiming September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the City of Charleston.
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is a nationwide effort to bring attention to more than 15,000 children and teenagers diagnosed with cancer each year. Cancer is the No. 1 cause of disease-related death among children. Locally, about 70 children are diagnosed with cancer each year at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Since its founding in 2009, Chase After a Cure has donated more than half a million dollars to MUSC for research and equipment, specifically in the area of the very aggressive neuroblastoma.
Chase After a Cure was started in 2009 by Summerville resident Whitney Ringler and her family after her son, Chase, was given a 30 percent chance of survival after being diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nerve tissue of the sympathetic nervous system. Chase survived this aggressive form of cancer and now his family works tirelessly on behalf of childhood cancer research.