"Chase After a Cure" hands over big donation

(John Gaddy/WCIV)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)-- "Chase After a Cure" had a big surprise for MUSC on Thursday.{} The cancer fundraising group presented a check to the cancer research lab in the amount of $75,000.

The lab is the only one in the state dedicated to studying pediatric cancer, especially the rare cancer, neuroblastoma.

Survival rates for children diagnosed with this type of cancer sit at about 40-percent.{} It normally impacts the very young--most children are diagnosed by age five.

Doctors at the cancer lab say the money is greatly appreciated.{} It will be used to pay scientists and buy experiments that will hopefully lead to better cures for more children.

"The ultimate goal is to improve cures for neuroblastoma," said Dr. Jacqueline Kraveka, Pediatric Oncologist at MUSC. "It's one of the deadliest childhood cancers, and those children who have advanced tumors, the survival rate is only 40 percent.{} The ultimate goal of the foundation is to improve those cures."

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