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Where Does the Money Go?

In Spring, 2015, we established the Andy Niebler Brain Tumor Research Fund within Children’s Hospital Foundation and have since been able to fund it with $81,000. We could not have done that without the support of our many sponsors, players and volunteers. Thank you.
This money is currently being used to fund research in epigenetics, a treatment that shows promise for tough-to-treat tumors in children. The new science of epigenetics is exciting because it is an option that doesn’t have to destroy any cells or tissues. Instead, it changes the way the DNA behaves in the cancer cell. The treatment interrupts the pattern of gene expression. The hope is that epigenetic therapies will help the 20 percent of children who don’t respond to traditional treatments for pediatric brain tumors, and that survivorship comes with fewer negative health effects from treatment. This research is being done by Dr Jeffrey A. Knipstein, a member of the neuro-oncology team at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

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