Naomi’s Fund is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization, dedicated to raising the survival rates of pediatric cancers and keeping alive the memories of children who have lost the battle. While our work involves promoting pediatric cancer awareness and care, we are particularly focused on raising funds to support innovative research; research that can address shortcomings in pediatric cancer treatment strategies to date; research that can stop the trend of children dying today for the same reasons as decades ago.

Much remains to be known in our fight against pediatric cancers.

Certain statistics might lead us to think that we are prevailing over pediatric cancers. And that perception would be partially correct. Indeed, the five-year survival rate for all pediatric cancers combined increased from 58 percent in 1975–1977 to 83 percent in 2001-2007. What this statistic fails to tell, however, is that the survival rates for certain pediatric cancers have declined or remained largely stagnant in recent decades, and that the most current information on childhood mortality in the U.S. shows cancer as the second leading cause of death among children ages 4 to 15. What the statistic also fails to tell is of the total life years lost when children die.

Research funding shortages are keeping children at risk of death from cancer.

Research is the key to understanding pediatric cancer and is our primary weapon in winning the fight. But in an increasingly competitive funding landscape, the federal government--the largest source of medical research funding--awards grants to fewer and fewer projects and requires grant applications to be submitted with more and more promising data to be successful than ever before. This climate jeopardizes research as a whole but particularly limits the startup of innovative research that is required for gaining new insights about pediatric cancer.

Individuals and private organizations are making up research funding shortfalls.

Whereas researchers once looked to the federal government to fund their studies, they are now increasingly forced to solicit private sector monies. It’s only after collecting considerable amounts of promising data that researchers can hope to win federal funds to sustain their work. Even then, thousands of other researchers are competing for money from the same pot. Naomi’s Fund seeks to become an alternate funding source, thereby allowing life-saving research to continue.

Won’t you be part of the pediatric cancer solution?

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