LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month.
The cancer research team at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center is hoping you’ll log every mile you walk, run or cycle this month in an effort to reach a million miles collectively, miles that are matched by big money and ultimately encourage major grants to fight pediatric cancer.
Dr. Pat Reynolds, director of the Cancer Center at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, says the miles from this annual effort in September have already turned into thousands of dollars, an investment in the cancer repository here at Texas Tech, which is basically a tissue storage bank which shares tumor samples nationwide and to 25 countries around the world.
Dr. Reynolds says, “They’re basically cancer cells from the patient brought in the lab and growing so we can understand why they grow and figure out how to kill them. It’s making a huge difference. People can use these models to test new drugs to try new therapies. There are many new clinical trials going on right now that use these models.”
Dr. Reynolds says childhood cancer is the number one killer of children in this country. But thankfully, he adds, Alex’s Lemonade Foundation and St. Baldricks are both strong foundations that support Texas Tech and the cancer treatment programs at both University Medical Center and Covenant under the leadership of Lubbock Onclogist Dr. Mohamad Al Rahawan.
As Dr. Reynolds champions the effort to fight cancer at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, he also contributes his free time to the cause by logging 190 miles on his bike already this month. He says the cross country team at TTU has also joined the Cell Busters, an appropriate name for the Lubbock team organized by the scientists who are searching for a cure.
Last year, the Cell Busters logged 6,289 miles and raised $8,770, nearly twice the amount raised in 2016.
Of course, Dr. Reynolds says they would like to beat last year’s total.
If you would like to be a part of this effort, the Pediatric Cancer Walk is another way you can log your miles in this million mile campaign. The walk starts at the Buddy Holly Park on North University at 9 a.m. Saturday morning.
If you can’t go, you can still join the effort by logging the miles you have walked, run or cycled in September.
To donate or learn more about Cellbusters 2018, visit www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/1439295
For more information on the prestigious worldwide repository based at Texas Tech, visit: www.cogcell.org