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Finding a cure...


Macy Easom Macy Easom The Macy Easom Cancer Research Foundation, a nonprofit pediatric cancer foundation headquartered in Perry, Ga., met with worldrenowned cancer and stem cell doctors and scientists for the Macy Easom Memorial Lectureship at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Ore., June 5.

The foundation was established in memory of Macy Easom, daughter of Jeff and Angel Easom of Warner Robins, who was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a rare form of pediatric liver cancer. Macy passed away at the age of five.

The foundation’s mission is to provide funding to enable research devoted to finding a cure and treatment for

hepatoblastoma and other pediatric cancers while promoting public awareness.

Lisa Easom Howard, foundation board member and Macy’s aunt, says the foundation was beyond grateful for the opportunity to go to Oregon.

“It was a surreal experience to meet with the researchers and doctors working diligently to find cures for pediatric cancers, especially the pediatric liver cancer hepatoblastoma,” says Howard.

The foundation presented its mission during the lectureship and spent two days touring the OHSU Pediatric Cancer Biology program, the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, the Keller Laboratory and the Grompe

Lab.

Stefano Cairo, Ph.D., a human geneticist at XenTech in Paris, France, discussed the important aspects of hepatoblastoma clinical care and research with 60-75 cancer and stem cell doctors and scientists.

“This lectureship allowed the reunion of specialists from complementary research fields such as liver stem cell development, functional genomics and transnational research,” Dr. Cairo stated. “It is a milestone for the development of future collaborations leading to important advances in the care and cure of kids with hepatoblastoma.”

Following the lectureship, the Macy Easom Cancer Research Foundation will continue its mission by hosting lectureships, implementing fundraising events and promoting public awareness around hepatoblastoma and other pediatric cancers.

For more information on the Macy Easom Cancer Research Foundation or to make a donation, visit PrincessMacy.org.

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