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How Gifts are Used

Gifts to the Cancer Center support research and patient care. This statement is true, but does not paint a full picture of how contributions are put to important – often life-saving – work.

Only stories can show the full reach of the Cancer Center. Here is one such story.

Surviving Childhood Leukemia

Joe Romas was 2 years old when he was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). Under the care of Cancer Center member Bruce Camitta, MD, Joe was treated at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin with a new chemotherapy regimen. Today, Joe is an officer in the U.S. Navy. Pediatric researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin are among the national leaders in developing therapy that has increased survival for children with ALL, contributing to an increase in the five-year survival rate to about 80 percent.

Support from philanthropic organizations such as the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC Fund), which supports pediatric cancer research, as well as from many individual donors helps make this life-saving research and other studies possible.

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