Sunday, September 7, 2014


We have been overwhelmed by the response to our kickoff to Childhood Cancer Awareness month. As of this evening, $1,500 has been donated to CURE in honor of our girls! THANK YOU! 100% of that money will go toward CURE's research initiatives. Of the 11 local 2014-2015 research initiatives, we personally know two of the doctors.  

Dr. Quayed was Elena's primary BMT doctor. She is smart and funny. She listened and answered question after question. She gave us hope. She was awarded $99,087 for a Phase 1 study of mesenchymal stromal cells for the treatment of acute and chronic graft-versus-host disease. Elena experienced acute graft-versus-host disease following her transplant.

Dr. Wasilwski-Masker is one of the cancer surviorship doctors. She was also one of our favorite on-call doctors when Elena was inpatient at Scottish Rite. She and another doctor were awarded $49, 665 for assessing physical activity and quality of life among pediatric cancer survivors. Their research will directly impact Elena.

We know that in the years since our girls were diagnosed, there has been little improvement. One of the factors for this is the severe lack of awareness of childhood cancer. THANK YOU for helping us increase awareness! 

How does childhood cancer become a priority cause in this country? The journey begins with each of us. We continue to need your help to raise more funds and more awareness. We hope you will continue to help. Please share our story with your friends and family this month and ask them to join you in making a difference.

Together, we can make curing childhood cancer as urgently important as it should be!

Below is a commercial that was filmed last August as a part of CURE's 2013 campaign. It is being shown locally on TV and websites again this year. The girls were a part of it. There are a total of four commercials.  We will be sharing all of them with you this month. 

Thank you for sticking with us and loving us so much that you tell others about childhood cancer!

In Him,The Tates 

"I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers." Ephesians 1:16

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