Carolinas HealthCare System

The Carolinas Kids Cancer Research Coalition consists of nonprofit organizations dedicated to supporting pediatric cancer research and services at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, NC. Founding members of the Coalition are The Leon Levine Foundation, The Alex Hemby Foundation, The Adam Faulk Tanksley Foundation, The Baby J Ladley Fund, the Quail Hollow Championship, Brett's Ride for Rhabdo, drumSTRONG™, and 24 Hours of Booty. 

The Coalition has announced endowment commitments of $5.7 million to the Levine Children's Hospital in support of the development of Phase I and Phase II clinical trials.

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What role has the Hemby Foundation played with the Coalition?

The Hemby Foundation has made a signature gift of $1 million in support of cancer research at the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center at Levine Children's Hospital. In recognition of this gift, the center is named in honor of Torrence E. Hemby, Jr.

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How will funding from the Coalition be used by Levine Children's Hospital?

Funding from the coalition will be used to support the development of Phase I and Phase II clinical trials at the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center. This development will include recruitment of additional healthcare professionals, along with investments in the diagnostic and treatment facilities required for clinical trials.

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What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials are conducted to test the safety and effectiveness of new drugs and other interventions, and to determine the best protocols for new treatment approaches. Phase I clinical trials are the first step in testing new treatment approaches in people, enrolling a small number of patients. Phase II trials enroll a larger group of patients and focus on the effectiveness of specific agents or interventions.

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What types of pediatric cancer services are currently offered by Levine Children's Hospital?

The Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center at Levine Children's Hospital treats patients for a variety of pediatric cancer and blood disorder conditions, including leukemia, neuroblastoma and osteosarcomas. All of our physicians are board certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology. They offer in-depth knowledge of the full range of childhood cancers, offering extensive expertise, dedication and passion toward helping your child get healthy. 

The Center is one of 34 members of an international consortium called Therapeutic Advances in Childhood Leukemia and Lymphoma (TACL). It is also one of eight members of the national Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Research Consortium. These organizations give local children access to new drugs through clinical trials that were previously not available in the Carolinas.

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What is the benefit from clinical trials to Levine Children's Hospital and the children and families it serves?

The development of Phase I and Phase II clinical trials at Levine Children's Hospital places it among the nation's elite healthcare providers in the battle against pediatric cancer. By adding Phase I and Phase II trials, the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center at Levine Children's Hospital will assure early access to potentially lifesaving treatment options for children and their families, all close to home in a supportive, family-centered environment.

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