AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF)– According to its website, the mission of the Press On Fund is to “identify feasible and groundbreaking alternative therapies for childhood cancers and to invest in the science and infrastructure needed to cure childhood cancer within our lifetime.”
Press On was formed in 2006, Stephen and Erin Chance’s son, Patrick, was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma (NB). He was just three years old.
In 2009, Turner and Tara Simkins’ middle son, Brennan, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia on the eve of his 7th birthday.
After relapsing three times and receiving a record four bone marrow transplants in 18 months, Brennan has been in remission for nine years. He is now a college student.
And this is what Press On wants you to know: despite its efforts and those of “countless other grassroots organizations, and virtually every major pediatric cancer center, it is unfortunate that even today, two full classrooms of kids are diagnosed with cancer daily.”
Tara Simkins is Brennan’s mother. She shares the emotional journey of fear to focus, determined to make an impact in pediatric cancer rates.
As September is Pediatric Cancer awareness month, Simkins and Press On’s Donations Director, Althea Kingsmill, explain their fundraising challenge, Play to Pay in the video above.