Partnerships in pediatric cancer care advances
The MACC Fund has contributed to the success of pediatric cancer treatments and improved survivorship today.
December 2011 marks the 35th anniversary of the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer) and its mission to find cures for childhood cancers and related blood disorders by providing funding for medical research.
The MACC Fund and the Medical College of Wisconsin have been long-standing partners in fulfilling that mission. Since its founding, the MACC Fund has provided $32 million for pediatric cancer and related blood disorders research by Medical College physicians and scientists.
The success of the partnership and their efforts are evident. Thirty five years later, advances in research have contributed to dramatically improved survival rates for childhood cancers. The overall survival rate for all types of childhood cancers has risen from 20% to 80% in that time. Research by Medical College physicians and scientists, with the ongoing support of the MACC Fund, has played a significant role in helping to raise those rates.
A vital benefit of MACC Fund support is that it enables Medical College researchers to successfully compete for external funding of cancer and related blood disorders research. In 2011 alone, research activities supported by the MACC Fund have resulted in additional external research awards amounting to approximately $4.5 million.
Together, the MACC Fund, the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin continue to provide pediatric care of the highest standards, as well as advance research for tomorrow’s care. Their collaborative efforts have touched the lives of countless children who have survived cancer and their families.