Let's Knock Out Childhood Cancer

My name is Megan Bugg, and I have been fighting Stage 4 Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma since December 26, 2014.  Raising awareness for childhood cancer and the need for more funding to support research on childhood cancer has become my passion.  Currently, less than 4% of Federal dollars for cancer research are dedicated to researching cures for childhood cancer.  We kids deserve better, so every dollar counts.

I’m raising funds through Lurie Children’s Circle of Friends program to support important research on childhood cancer being conducted by Dr. Walterhouse and his team. Dr. Walterhouse's laboratory studies a group of genes, called the Hedgehog signaling pathway genes, that function normally during development. However, these genes sometimes become activated in an abnormal way and then play a role in human cancers, including rhabdomyosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma. Dr. Walterhouse's laboratory believes these genes contribute to the development of drug resistance in rhabdomyosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma. Studies are currently underway to investigate this, which could be a significant step towards finding a cure for this terrible disease that affects so many children.

Please help me end childhood cancer by donating to Dr. Walterhouse's important research project.  100% of all donations will go to Dr. Walterhouse's research.  Also, all donations are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged by Lurie Children’s Foundation. Together we can help end childhood cancer.  Thank you for your support!