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Hands for Hope Charity Gala Benefit for Cancer

Hands for Hope Charity Gala Benefit for Cancer

Hands for Hope Charity Gala Benefit for Cancer

Every day, families dealing with a diagnosis of neuroblastoma face uncertainty, mounting medical bills and, potentially, the devastating loss of a child. To help counter the negative impacts of critically underfunded childhood cancer research, the Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation (CNCF) announces its first Hands for Hope charity gala and dinner/dance on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg, at 1800 W. Golf Rd. Proceeds will benefit CNCF’s programs and initiatives and childhood cancer research at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, ground zero for some of the world’s leading neuroblastoma research and advanced treatment therapies.

CNCF invites those who have been impacted by the devastating effects of cancer, any cancer, to participate. You must be 21 years old to attend. Guests will be treated to music provided by DJ Sye Young from The DJ Firm, and auction and raffle items that include Chicago Blackhawks jerseys signed by Marián Hossa and Brent Seabrook. Tickets are $85 and can be purchased at For those wishing to make a weekend of it, the Hyatt Regency has set aside rooms at $89 per night on Friday and Saturday.

Contrary to popular belief, children’s cancer research has been historically underfunded, with the lion’s share of government and private donations, including from well-known institutions such as the American Cancer Society, going to fight adult cancers.

Neuroblastoma is a solid tumor cancer that has a higher incidence rate in newborns and infants than leukemia. Survival rates for advanced forms of the disease are estimated at 40 percent. The average age at diagnosis is 2.

“There currently isn’t a single major funder of childhood cancer research and education that comes even close to the scale of funding received by oncologists investigating cures and advanced therapies to treat adult diseases,” said Pat Tallungan, who co-founded CNCF following the death of her son, Nicholas, at age 10 from advanced-stage neuroblastoma in 1999. “The onus has been put on families to fight for the lives of their children. We created Hands for Hope to not only raise money for research but also to raise the consciousness of Americans who otherwise have no idea about the funding gaps and how they are negatively impacting our most treasured resource — our children.”

Tallungan stressed that additional sponsors are wanted to show that Chicagoland businesses have a vested interest in supporting the research efforts of Comer Children’s Hospital and fulfilling the mission of CNCF.  “Our goal is the same across all fronts,” she said. “We’re not abandoning the needs of children with cancer.”

For sponsor levels visit For those unable to attend who’d like to support, donations can be made at Just select Hands for Hope Gala under the tab Latest Information. “We want as many of our dollars as possible to go directly to support neuroblastoma research by leading investigators like Dr. Susan Cohn at Comer,” she said.

Dr. Cohn is a leading authority on neuroblastoma and Acting Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Section Chief at Comer.

“Everyone who does this research is on soft dollars,” attests Dr. Cohn. “You need money in hand to hire scientists and buy supplies. Donations and fundraisers like this one can be the difference between a project getting off the ground or dying on the vine.”

About CNCF

Based in Bloomingdale, IL, CNCF is one of the oldest and largest organizations in the U.S. dedicated solely to neuroblastoma awareness, education and research. Founded in 2000 by parents of neuroblastoma victims, CNCF has awarded nearly $2.5 million to neuroblastoma research and clinical trials. For more information, visit @cncfhope

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