The Kick Leuk Foundation Co-founders Bob and Suzanne Stephens, along with board members Rob Boyce and Paula Hoff recently presented Dr. Richard Aplenc, oncologist and head of the Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Research Project at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), with a check for $22,500.
Since its inception in 2013, Kick Leuk Foundation has donated more than $270,000 to CHOP for pediatric leukemia research.
Dr. Aplenc thanks KLF for the support, “You have provided the key support that allowed our researchers to work on the CD38 CAR way before we had any support to do that. I am hoping we start a vector manufacturing run in the summer and then move on to the clinical trial.”
“The support from the Kick Leuk Foundation continues to play a crucial role in supporting our research efforts in pediatric AML. This support has allowed us to partner with collaborators at the University of Pennsylvania to develop a new chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) targeting CD38, a protein on the outside of many AML blasts. The support from the Kick Leuk foundation was critical in providing the laboratory personnel support needed to move this CAR from conception through development. The ongoing support from the Kick Leuk Foundation is enabling us to complete the testing needed to determine whether this CAR should be tested in children with AML. We hope to have completed the experiments needed for that decision in the next four months. We anticipate that these final sets of experiments will give us the information that we need to then move forward into developing a clinical trial.”
After their 15-year-old daughter was diagnosed with AML in 2010, Suzanne and Bob Stephens of New Hope became aware of how little government funding there is for pediatric cancer research. They created The Kick Leuk Foundation, a New Hope, PA-based organization, to raise awareness and funds for pediatric leukemia research through private donations and special events. KLF volunteers also coordinate and deliver dinner, donated by area restaurants, to the Ronald McDonald Oncology Family Room at CHOP each month. Additionally, KLF has helped to defray the cost for an oncology family’s stay at The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.
The Kick Leuk Foundation wants to thank everyone for your continued donations and support. We could not do this without you.