Thank you to all who took part in this wonderful event! With your help, we were able to raise $116,084.00 to help kids with cancer!
Our 2015 Winter Gala Was a HUGE Success! The money we raised at this year’s gala pushed the Hugs for Brady Foundation over the 1 million dollar mark in terms of dollars raised to help the kids and their families affected by pediatric cancer. We could not have done it without you!
Check out the video from our 2015 Gala!
Overview of our 2014 Accomplishments
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – Hugs for Brady is pleased to announce that our research project saved five children’s lives in 2014!
Hugs for Brady pledged $300,000 to support state-of-the-art research aimed at helping the youngest of cancer patients. Personalizing cancer treatments by targeting genomic mutations in the cancer is at the heart of what is known as ‘precision medicine’ – an approach which has seen rapid advances in recent years. Instead of prescribing therapy based solely on the organ where the cancer originated, clinicians utilize genomic analysis for a more comprehensive look. Through a rapid gene sequencing test, the tiniest details of a tumor biopsy are uncovered, sometimes revealing one or more mutations in the patient’s genes. It is the mutations themselves that can be targeted with new or existing drugs. A team of physician-scientists, bioinformatics specialists, systems biologists, pathologists and a host of others meet weekly to discuss profiling results and determine therapy options. This new commitment to the precision medicine initiative will provide additional opportunities over the next three years for physicians to analyze the genomic profiles of pediatric patients to better understand their cancers and help improve treatment options.
Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian: Research
The Hugs for Brady Foundation is proud to support the funding for a pediatric “mock” MRI machine and video goggles to provide sedation free procedures. The Kitten Scanner and MRI Goggles will have a significant impact on young patients. By preparing children for procedures and easing their stress, this donation underscores the patient- and family-centered care that is at the core of the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital’s mission and will help the doctors, nurses, child life specialists and staff deliver on that promise. The aim of this research is to reduce the number of children receiving general anesthesia and as a result improve safety and quality of care provided. This two year research project is being headed by Kari Mastro, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, the Vice President of Nursing and Patient Care Services at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian.
Our 2015 Goals
Brady Buggy Wagons for Every Children’s Hospital that treats cancer in the USA!
The whimsical animal-shaped wagons are sure to bring smiles to children and adults alike. In today’s healthcare environment, the commitment to adapting medical care for all generations of patients, even the smallest children, is a priority. The best feature of the wagon is that it includes a trailer to tow the IV pole. This allows kids to be mobile, even during chemo treatments. The cost is $250,000 to equip every hospital in U.S.A. that treats children. Read more about Brady Buggy Wagons and find out how you can help us meet our goal here.
Photos from the Gala
Our 2015 Gala Honorees
Once again we would like to give recognition to this year’s Gala Honorees…
It is with sincere thanks that we proudly honor these people for their generous support of pediatric cancer research!
Hugs for Brady Foundation Ellen Gambatese Pediatric Cancer Volunteer of the Year:
Hugs for Brady Foundation Dr. Randy Siegel Pediatric Cancer Medical Humanitarian of the Year:
Dr. Aaron Weiss, DO
Hugs for Brady Foundation Pediatric Cancer Humanitarian of the Year:
Reverend Father Robert Lynam