When 46 Becomes 47 - The Bend Magazine

When 46 Becomes 47

4 million dollars has been raised by TOKC to fund innovative pediatric cancer research at MD Anderson and Texas Children’s Hospital

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As of 2022, each day in the United States, 47 children are diagnosed with cancer. Since 2007, that number was 46. Perhaps even more striking is the number 6 – the average age of a child when they are diagnosed with cancer. Despite these facts, childhood cancer research receives only 4% of the annual budget from the National Institutes of Health. 


Over the past 20 years, the FDA has approved about 190 new cancer treatments for adults, but only 3 for children. It is research into new therapies that provides hope to kids with cancer, their families, and the doctors, nurses, and staff who care for these children. 4 million dollars has been raised by Triumph Over Kid Cancer Foundation (TOKC) Foundation to fund innovative pediatric cancer research at MD Anderson and Texas Children’s Hospital, with those funds being matched dollar-for-dollar by their respective institutions. 

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TOKC’s #DoThatOneThing! Councils in middle schools, high schools, and universities throughout the Coastal Bend, Texas and New Orleans show young people the ways they too can be positive change-makers in their communities. They learn about non-profit work through learning about TOKC and educate their peers on issues pertaining to pediatric cancer. With our incredible volunteers and #DoThatOneThing! Council members, TOKC hosts numerous events at Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, MD Anderson and Texas Children’s Hospital to bring joy to the daily lives of kids with cancer. 

Join us 15th Annual James A. Ragan Triumph Scramble on Friday, May 6th and for our 15th Annual Toga Party on Saturday, May 7th as we continue to work to bring about an end to pediatric cancer! For tickets and more information please visit our event website at https://cbo.io/bidapp/index.php?slug=tokc

 Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter – @TOKC1. For more information check out our website at www.TriumphOverKidCancer.org!