SUPPORTING MEDICAL RESEARCH
Our $50,000 research grant to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will help Dr. Jessica Foster and her lab team work on preclinical testing of mRNA GD2-directed CAR T cells for the treatment of diffuse midline gliomas. The goal of this work is to provide the foundation from which Dr. Foster and her colleague, Dr. Cassie Kline, will be able to support the application to the FDA Investigational New Drug application for opening a new clinical trial. This trial will help provide CAR T cell therapy to patients and families with DMG and DIPG.
Originally a blood cancer researcher, Dr. Dun switched his area of research after his then 2 year old daughter Josie was diagnosed with Grade IV diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) in 2018. Personally, Dr. Dun became a touch point for our family while both of our little girls were fighting the same losing battle, both passing away about a month apart. As for our family, this fight for Dr. Dun is personal. The project funded by this grant will determine the surface expression of proteins that can be used as targets for future immune therapies for DMG tumors.
DR. MAT DUNN
We are incredibly proud to partner with Dr. Vitanza, a pediatric neurosurgery-oncologist and translational scientist whose has dedicated his career to the care of children with central nervous system tumors. In his lab within the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Dr. Vitanza focuses on targeting molecular vulnerabilities, as well as optimizing CAR T cell therapies for central nervous system tumors. He uses these findings for clinical trials aimed at improving outcomes for children.
DR. NICHOLAS VITANZA
Listen to Emma's Interview on She's Got Issues
Emma sat down with Lisa Anderson from She's Got Issues to talk about Liv's legacy, the researchers we are supporting, and all the wonderful things our foundation is doing to raise awareness about pediatric brain and spinal cord tumor research. Click below to listen to Emma's interview.
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Liv like a Unicorn is committed to raising funding for vital research for pediatric brain and spinal cord tumors. We hope to raise awareness while striving to #bethegood by supporting families and children dealing with the devastating diagnosis of a pediatric brain tumor.
What is the goal of Liv Like A Unicorn?
Our goal is to raise awareness and to help fund advancements in pediatric brain and spinal cord tumor research.
Who do you help?
In addition to raising awareness and funding critical research for brain and spinal cord tumors, we also support individual families who are dealing with the devastating diagnosis of pediatric brain cancer.