Holiday event to raise funds for cancer research in Scottsdale

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A holiday event benefiting Cannonball Kids’ cancer Foundation is set for 9 a.m. to noon, Sunday, Dec. 8 with Santa at Scottsdale Ranch Park.

Proceeds from the event will go toward pediatric cancer research and the foundation. Children will have a chance to make cards for other children in the hospital during the holiday season, according to a press release.

The event will feature photos with Santa, bounce houses and refreshments from Drip Coffee and Espresso. Photos will cost $25 per family.

“Pediatric cancer research is near and dear to our hearts,” Whitney Brittain, CKc board member who resides in Scottsdale, said in a prepared statement.

“Unfortunately, my husband and I have known too many families fighting pediatric cancer. We were compelled to act and join CKc’s mission because they are committed to funding research and finding better treatments for children who don’t have any other options.”

CKc also announced one of its clinical trials is slated for expansion into Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The trial is a Phase II novel drug combination for kids with solid tumors or brain tumors that have no other options left.

It’s not considered curative, a release states, but rather something families can choose to pursue if they want more quality time. They expect to begin enrolling patients for this trial soon.

“We are thrilled that we are bringing treatment options to children with cancer in Phoenix,” Karen Revels, executive director of the foundation, said in a prepared statement.

“It is unacceptable that in 2019 a child with cancer can run out of options. The support of people like the Brittains and the attendees of this event, provide children with cancer a treatment option when they need it most, and better quality of life.”

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