MUSC receives $250,000 grant for cancer research

(Lia Sestric/WCIV)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston received a $250,000 grant for childhood cancer research.

University officials were presented the larger-than-life check on Thursday.

"The research we received the grant for is to focus on a pediatric cancer called neuroblastoma," said Pediatric Oncologist Dr. Jackie Kraveka. "It's the most common cancer diagnosed under age one. It's the third most common cause of death from cancer in children. The survival rate is only less than 40 percent so the funds from this grant are really going to help us develop new therapies for those children and our goal is to improve the survival rate for these kids."

The money comes from the Hyundai Hope on Wheels organization. It is part of more than $10 million being donated this month by the group to 41 pediatric cancer centers across the nation.

During the presentation, local child cancer patients put their painted hands on a canvas to create a memento of their battles with the disease.