Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Research

The field of pediatric neuro-oncology research is considered to be in the “rare disease” category.  How do we tell the thousands of patients newly diagnosed this year that they need to wait?  One component of our Making Headway Foundation mission is to advance toward better treatments and a cure.  We will try to forward articles of interest on recent advances in this field.  If you have any news to report, let us know!

In the meantime, here is something which may interest you.

Ependymoma is an aggressive type of brain cancer that primarily affects infants. Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and Heidelberg University Hospital have carried out a comprehensive molecular analysis of these tumors.  Here is an article on their findings.

Making Headway has not evaluated the information provided here.  It is presented for informational purposes only.

College or Vocational School Scholarships available

Making Headway is fortunate to have The Scott J. Reisser Memorial Scholarship Fund. Established in 2007, the fund is the culmination of Scott’s family’s efforts to establish a fitting memorial for their beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend to so many. Scott’s most cherished dream was to graduate from college, a milestone that he fell just short of achieving. After his death in 2006, it was clear that a vehicle to help other young brain tumor survivors achieve their educational goals was the most fitting memorial.

The Reisser family has generously agreed to award up to two scholarships again this year. As there are many deserving applicants, Making Headway will offer up to two additional scholarships. Each of the scholarships will be a one-time award of $5,000 paid directly to the institution.

To be eligible for consideration, each applicant must be a brain or spinal cord tumor survivor, a resident of NY, NJ or CT and is either attending or has been admitted to a 4- or 2-year college or vocational program. If your child would like to apply, please CONTACT US.  The deadline for the applications to be submitted is May 1, 2014. The Scholarship Committee will review all applications and select the recipients by July 1, 2014.