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Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware Announces $1M Grant for Childhood Cancer Research

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013

Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

From left: Christine Meyer, Dr. E. Anders Kolb, Bradley Meyer, Dr. Rita Meek, Natalia Ferrara, and Denni Ferrara.

The Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware, Inc. announced at its sixth annual gala on February 9, 2013, that it will make a one million-dollar pediatric cancer research grant to the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.

Founded by Denni Ferrara of Middletown, DE, in 2007, the mission of the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware is to provide critically needed funding to support blood cancer research while advocating for advanced therapies and care. Ferrara was inspired to support cancer research after her daughter Natalia’s successful battle with leukemia and the experience of close friend, Christine Meyer, whose son Bradley had cancer.

The gala’s special honoree was Rita Meek, MD, the first pediatric oncologist in the state of Delaware, who recently retired from Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.
Dr. Meek cared for hundreds of children with cancer during her 30-year career, including Natalia Ferrara and Bradley Meyer, now teenagers. Several adults who survived childhood cancer under Dr. Meek’s care were in attendance at the gala, to her great delight and surprise.

E. Anders Kolb, MD, Director, Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, thanked Ferrara and the Foundation, “Past generous support from the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware has helped us to establish a system for drug testing and new drug discovery. This tremendous gift will enable us to greatly expand our efforts in finding effective therapies that produce fewer side effects in children. I am truly awed by the Foundation’s investment in our research.”

Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware, Inc. raises funds through its annual gala, auction, and Mud Run, as well as from proceeds of the Frightland Halloween attraction in Middletown, DE.

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens, KidsHealth.org, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours ReadingBrightstart.org is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.