Grant To UK Supports Cancer Research And Care For Adolescents

Jun 25, 2019

A $100,000 grant to the University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology and Oncology Clinic will help adolescents battling cancer in.  The money is part of the Hyundai Impact Award Grant Program. 

Dr. John Dorazio is chief of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.  He said one treatment advancement has come in caring for patients suffering from Philadelphia Chromosome positive leukemia. “Understanding the actual genes that caused that leukemia.  Dr. Brian Lueker and his team in Oregon developed a drug to target that particular mutant gene and that has really absolutely revolutionized how that cancer is treated and has ushered in an entire field of precision medicine,” said Dorazio.

Cancer survivor Elizabeth Blair, 12, of Phoenix, Az. is an ambassador for the automaker’s fundraising effort. She spoke of primping with lipstick at age five just a few weeks before being diagnosed with lymphoma.  Blair’s mother told her beauty was found in the heart, not in lipstick.  “I’m not sure on others perspectives for about how they feel about their outer selves but something I like to get the message around is that it doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside, but what comes from the inside is what makes you a great person and beautiful in your own way,” explained Blair.

Dorazio, meanwhile, saidKentucky has seen an increase in childhood cancers.  He says the reasons behind the one percent annual growth are currently being investigated. 

Here's an extended interview with Dr. John Dorazio:

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