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The leader of Advocate Hope’s CureSearch Walk team in 2010, Dr. Canner’s team of colleagues, patients, and families raised more than $27,000 for the event. He and his committed team set a goal to raise more than $100,000 for The CureSearch Walk - Chicago in September 2011.
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Jason Canner, DO, Hematology- Oncology Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital
Jason Canner, DO, believes strongly in philanthropic causes. As a pediatric hema- tologist-oncologist at Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Dr. Canner chairs the Hope Foundation Council and works tirelessly with CureSearch to ensure resources
continue to be available to fund children’s cancer research.
Dr. Canner is active in the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Adolescent and Young Adult Disease Committee and is currently examining data to understand if age impacts outcomes for 16-20 year-olds with acute
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An eight-year survivor, 14-year-old Jake enjoys playing baseball, fishing, swimming, and spending time with his family, including his brothers Brandon and Ben.
OMAHA MOTHER’S WALK HAS COME A LONG WAY
On February 1, 2003, Kellie and Steve Beresh heard four words that would change their lives forever: “Your son has cancer.” Their 6-year-old, Jake, was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a highly malignant bone tumor. Kellie and Steve had taken Jake to the doctor because he was having headaches. An MRI revealed a lemon-size tumor pressing against his cerebellum. Jake’s treatment began with an embolization to reduce the tumor’s blood supply, followed by
myelogenous leukemia (AML). He is also interested in long-term follow-up issues faced by patients as they mature into adulthood as survivors.
“For the most part, our kids are cured through COG trials. As CureSearch has increased its presence and is working to raise more money for this research, it’s important for me to be as much of a spokesperson as possible,” says Canner.
surgery to remove the majority of the tumor. Over the course of the next year, Jake endured 14 rounds of chemotherapy, and five and a half weeks of radiation, the latter of which led to third degree burns and permanent hair loss.
Like so many parents, Kellie wanted to do something to help Jake. She also wanted to help other children and families who would hear the same heart- wrenching diagnosis and endure the same fear, uncertainty, and anger that their families face when their child is diagnosed with cancer. Because Jake was involved in a clinical trial with the Children’s Oncology Group, supported in part by CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, Kellie decided to raise funds for CureSearch. With the support of her husband Steve, Kellie and a group of other concerned moms started a walk in Omaha.
“Somewhere on this road of devastation, survival, and then muddling your way back to normalcy, you go from being the victim to becoming an advocate,” says Kellie. “That feeling of wanting to do something for the kids that will follow in your child’s same shoes and wanting the outcomes for survival to be better with each child that is diagnosed is our family’s motivation for helping plan this walk.”
Six years strong and more than $750,000 raised for children’s cancer research, the Omaha walk became the inspiration for the CureSearch Walk, which is now CureSearch’s signature fundraising event.
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