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Huge Grant Funds Pediatric Cancer Research at Mayo Clinic Children's Center

September 27, 2017 01:06 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- A grant awarded to Mayo Clinic's Children's Research Center is giving kids a fighting chance against cancer.

 Hyundai Hope on Wheels presented Mayo Clinic with a $250,00o grant on Tuesday to fund pediatric cancer research.

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 Local children battling cancer also had to chance to place their handprints on a white Hyundai.

 It was all to commemorate their battles with the disease.

Joe Capesius, the father of a child that was treated at Mayo Clinic, said they’ll always support the hospital for what it’s done for his family.

"Bryce was diagnosed with a germ cell brain tumor and the wheels had fallen off the bus. It wasn't good and Dr. Galardy always seemed to find a way to help us see the light at the end of the tunnel when there was no light," said Capesius.

“Bryce went through six rounds of chemotherapy followed by 30 days of proton radiation and since then, about a year now, Bryce has been cancer free or in remission and we feel fortunate," added Capesius.

 A researcher administrator for the Department of Pediatrics said about 50 years ago the overall survival rate for childhood cancer was 10 percent.   Now, it's closer to 80 and 90 percent.


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