Nicolas and Kyle at a Husky game in 2007
It's time for the Third Annual Run of Hope! Join us as we run in honor of Kyle "Kylie" Roger Sunday, September 25th, in Seattle's Seward Park. This 5k run/3k walk benefits the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research through Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Institute.
The team, as always, is called “OOO-UM-GOW-AH.” A familiar chant for anyone who supported Kyle during his two-year battle with DIPG. Whether you join the team or make a donation you’ll give hope to the more than 3500 children diagnosed with brain cancer each year. If you aren’t able to make a donation online and would like to instead send a check, send me an email requesting the mailing address.
Thank you for your continued generosity. And thank you for helping me honor Kyle, his infectious smile, his competitive spirit, and his love for life. Together we can show Kyle how much we remember and that we are all better because of it.
Where Do the Donations Go?
Kyle's doctor, Jim Olson, and his colleagues at the Seattle Children's Research Institute are dedicated to accelerating the discovery of novel treatment for children with brain cancer. They hope to translate these findings into therapeutic protocols and finally replace a standard of care that hasn’t changed in the last 30 years.
The work being done with funds from last year is absolutely spectacular. Dr. Olson's lab made 24 new mouse models of pediatric brain cancer, using tumors derived directly from patients. With these models they can run "mini-clinical trials" to more rapidly learn what to take into human trials. We also share these mice with scientists all over the world with "no strings attached" making cutting edge research available in labs without the capibility or resources to make these mice on their own.
Dr. Olson's research has contributed to the development of Tumor Paint, a fluorescent paint made by the venom of a scorpion, which helps neurosurgeons discern where a tumor begins and where it ends. Being able to see a tumor that ordinarily looks like normal brain tissue enables surgeons to more precisely remove the entire tumor. Revolutionary discoveries like this are making a difference in the lives of children, but more research is needed!
Click the link below to watch a video of Kyle's life...filled with smiles, laughter, adventure, and love. This video was made by Gil Lund.