The University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center has been named a 2013 beneficiary of Angel Charity for Children, Inc.
The Steele Center will receive $537,230 to increase the number of its clinical trials for pediatric cancer patients and expand its basic science pediatric cancer research.
Each year, approximately 65 children with cancer and blood disorders are cared for by Steele Center physician-scientists at The University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s and its affiliated outpatient pediatric cancer clinics. In addition to children in active treatment, long-term care and follow up is provided for hundreds more.
“When our son, Andres, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, we were so fortunate to live in Tucson, where we had top-notch care,” said Andres’ mom, Lucinda Peralta. “We know that research led to a cure for our son. The support that Angel Charity will bring to the Steele Center will help other families achieve a cancer-free future as well.”
“We are profoundly grateful to Angel Charity for this gift,” said Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, professor and head, UA Department of Pediatrics, director of the UA Steele Center, and physician-in-chief of Diamond Children’s. “We will be able to triple the number of clinical trials available to our children suffering with cancer.”
One of the most promising research projects under way at the UA Steele Center is a pediatric cancer vaccine. Given in doses created from a child’s own cancer cells, this vaccine is predicted to prevent cancer recurrence. “In most cancers, we can induce cancer remission. If the cancer returns, the chance of survival decreases exponentially,” said Emmanuel Katsanis, MD, professor and section chief of pediatric cancer; director of the Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program and associate chair for research at the UA Steele Center. “Angel Charity’s grant will propel pediatric cancer research forward. We are all excited to move basic and translational cancer research at the Steele Center to the highest level.”
As the research arm of the UA Department of Pediatrics, the UA Steele Children’s Research Center is one of the prestigious Centers of Excellence at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. Steele Center physician-scientists and researchers are dedicated to advancing medical knowledge through research and discovery to improve the health of Arizona's children and children throughout the world. Steele Center physician-scientists provide compassionate care to ill children at The University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s and pediatric outpatient clinics throughout Tucson and the state.