2018 Annual Appeal

California here we come … because the next step in Michael’s Master Plan takes us to Stanford! Swifty is bringing a Tissue Navigator to one of the premier pediatric brain cancer research labs in the country!

I am a student at Cal Berkeley and Stanford is our archrival. The three Swifty funded labs, a network that is now coast to coast, reminds us that when it comes to improving outcomes for kids with cancer, there is no place for rivalry. So, this Cal student is asking you to please consider supporting Stanford!

The goal of our Annual Appeal is $300,000 that will fund a Tissue Navigator at Stanford’s lab for three years. 100% of your donation will be used to support this grant!

Just before his death, my twin brother Michael began his master plan by donating his own tissue for research. He wanted his gift to keep other children from the fate he suffered.

Swifty is advancing Michael’s plan by helping to give more families that same choice when a child’s life ends far too soon. Your gift makes their gift possible.

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Michael’s Master Plan

 

Michael’s Master Plan began when he decided to donate his tissue after death to further research and improve outcomes for kids who will be diagnosed in the future. In the three years Swifty’s worked on his plan, we’ve connected Philadelphia (CHOP), Chicago (Lurie) and Palo Alto (Stanford) to create a network of Centers of Excellence for increasing the collection and improving the processing of post mortem tissue.

 


The California Dream

California Here We Come … because the next step in Michael’s Master Plan takes us to Michelle Monje’s lab at Stanford. Swifty is bringing a Tissue Navigator to one of the premier pediatric brain cancer research labs in the country!

The dream is to raise $300,000 to support a
TissueNavigator at Dr. Monje’s lab for 3 years and extend
the network of navigators across the country.

Not only is this network increasing the number of autopsy donations, these labs are also the leading Centers of Excellence for processing and sharing the cell lines and data the tissue generates.

 


Michelle Monje, MD PhD Stanford
“Most of the research progress made toward more effective therapy for childhood brain
cancers has only been possible because of tumor tissue donations. Post-mortem tissue donations have enabled researchers to generate cell cultures and mouse models of childhood brain cancer, to screen for therapeutic drugs effective at killing the cancer cells and to identify new targets for therapy

 

What is a tissue navigator?

The Tissue Navigator facilitates the complicated logistics of autopsy donation and assists in the processing of tissue, storage of cell lines created from the tissue and distribution of live cell lines to other labs and researchers. The Navigator also helps coordinate donations from smaller hospitals lacking donation programs.

Campaign Goal: $300,000

Amount Raised: $275,411

Won’t you please help us fund Swifty’s CALIFORNIA Dream?