The Swifty Foundation’s mission is to raise funds and awareness for pediatric brain cancer research by supporting:
- Tissue Donation
- Research Collaboration
- Medulloblastoma Research
Brain tumors are the #1 cancer killer among children in the United States because doctors simply don’t have enough information to improve their treatments.
Children are growing and changing and so are their tumors. In addition, tumors can be different from one spot to another, and they’re different after treatment than they were at diagnosis. So, when a child dies of cancer, it may not even be the same type of cancer the child had at diagnosis.
So how do you treat a tumor that keeps changing?
Doctors need more information. The more researchers understand and model the changing biology behind childhood brain tumors, the more doctors will be able to create effective treatment plans.
To understand children’s brain cancer better, researchers need to study a child’s tumors at diagnosis, recurrence – and if necessary, after death. Only then will they understand why treatments work for some children and not others.
To that end, the Swifty Foundation is working to make it easier for families to give tissue for research. And to make it easier for researchers to share what they learn from the donated tissue.
To learn more about their Post-Mortem Tissue Collection initiative, visit their website.
You might also be interested in watching a story about how med school student, Eric Montgomery, hiked the Pacific Crest Trail – a 2,600-mile path – and raised over $120,000 on behalf of the Swifty Foundation.
Ian Gustafson, Treasurer, Governing Board
David McHugh, Junior Board Member