Cannonball Kids' cancer Foundation Awards $65,000 to First Florida-Based Oncofertility Clinic for Childhood Cancer Patients

ORLANDO, Fla. – Cannonball Kids’ cancer Foundation (CKc) today announced the awarding of $565,000 for four research grants to create 200 options for children battling cancer through clinical trials, programs and young investigators.

Dr. Amy Smith

Among those awarded was Dr. Amy Smith and Laura Wieber of Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, receiving $65,000 for the first Florida-based oncofertility clinic for childhood cancer patients.

Infertility remains a persistent and major concern for childhood cancer survivors. Early intervention is essential to protecting reproductive health and the cornerstone of successful intervention is a nurse patient navigator to educates families on their options and make a family-centered, timely plan. CKc’s funding will help support two goals:1) the hiring of such a navigator at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer; and, 2) the creation of a multidisciplinary service team for reproductive preservation and an ovarian tissue cryopreservation opportunity for pre-pubescent females at the hospital. This effort will make Orlando Health Arnold Palmer and Central Florida the hosts of the first and only pediatric oncofertility clinic in the state of Florida.

About Cannonball Kids’ cancer Foundation:
Haley Center infographic-01 CKc's mission is to fund innovative and accessible research for children fighting cancer to provide better treatments and quality of life, and to educate for change. Their rigorous, relationship-based, invite-only grants process ensures that 92 percent of CKc-funded trials are first-of-their-kind in the US. To date, CKc has awarded $2.4 million funding 24 research grants creating 593 options for treatment for children in 25 states, Washington DC, Canada, Scotland and Switzerland. 

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