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Unique Pediatric Cancer Research Endowment started at Riley Hospital for Children

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Caroline Symmes Endowment raises funds for pediatric cancer research at Riley Hospital for Children

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death for children in America, yet funding for pediatric cancer research has lagged. More than 20 percent of pediatric cancer victims do not survive, and they would benefit from more research.

Caroline Symmes was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor Disease when she was just three years old. While the cure rate for Wilms Tumor is 90 percent, Caroline had one of the most aggressive cases oncologists had seen. There had not been enough research done on a tumor like hers because of lack of funding. As a response to their tragic loss, the Symmes family from Central Indiana is dedicated to raising funds through the Caroline Symmes Endowment for Pediatric Cancer Research at Riley Hospital for Children.

The Caroline Symmes Endowment for Pediatric Cancer Research will fund the only program of its kind in the world to address pediatric research for solid tumors. It has the potential to dramatically impact the funding dynamics related to solid tumor research in children. The Symmes family hopes that further research ensures that no other family will have to be in their position.

September is designated as Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, and in honor of this month and their daughter Caroline, the Symmes family is hosting several events in the Indianapolis area to raise funding and awareness about the need for pediatric cancer research.

September fundraising events include:
Yoga Class at Riley
Thursday, Sept. 4 at 12 p.m.
Families from Riley Hospital for Children will participate in this free one-hour yoga class.

Lucas Estate Viewing Party for Colts/Broncos Sunday Night Football Game
Sunday, Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Former NFL players will attend this event, which includes a cocktail party and silent auction. Jeff Saturday, a retired center for the Indianapolis Colts, will speak via a live feed.

Caroline Classic Golf Outing
Monday, Sept. 8 at Broadmoor Country Club
Proceeds from this annual tournament go to The Caroline Symmes Endowment for Pediatric Cancer Research to benefit Riley Hospital for Children.

Pink Label Event
Thursday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Caroline Symmes was a five-year-old fashionista who loved clothes and anything pink. The Pink Label Event is a consignment sale featuring women’s, children’s and men’s clothes and accessories.

People can also support the Caroline Symmes Endowment for Pediatric Cancer Research and find more information about events at http://www.carolinesymmes.org

About Riley Children’s Foundation
Riley Children’s Foundation supports Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Camp Riley and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. As Indiana’s only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, Riley Hospital has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families since 1924. Each year children from all 92 Indiana counties turn to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics throughout the state more than 300,000 times. Riley Hospital’s partnership with Indiana University Health and its strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine make Riley Hospital the leader in pediatric care in the state and the region. For more information, visit RileyKids.org.

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