Rally Researchers

The New England Journal of Medicine

The New England Journal of Medicine

Chills ran up and down my arms when I opened the link that Rally-funded researcher Dr. Gregory Friedman sent. I was staring at the New England Journal of Medicine logo, an article about Dr. Friedman’s brain cancer research and an acknowledgement to Rally for our support. “As a young investigator in 2013, I received my first grant directly supporting my lab research from Rally. The support enabled us to obtain the critical preclinical data needed for FDA approval to conduct the first pediatric trial of the therapy in recurrent high-grade gliomas,” shared Dr. Friedman. This week Dr. Friedman’s research was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, one of the most prestigious—if not the most prestigious—medical journals in the world. I often say at Rally we like to fund early, aren’t afraid of outside the box ideas and as long as the research is making progress, we will stick with...

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Rally Foundation Announces Young Investigator Recipients of its Largest-Ever Grant Awards

Rally Foundation Announces Young Investigator Recipients of its Largest-Ever Grant Awards

We are living in unprecedented times. As the world grapples with a number of issues, including the COVID-19 pandemic, nothing seems normal or constant—but that really isn’t true. Childhood cancer remains a constant. At Rally, every day we are hearing about new diagnoses, relapses and even kids dying from cancer. You know what else remains constant? The commitment of the Rally Foundation Board of Directors, Advisors, supporters, and staff to fund the best cutting-edge childhood cancer research—even in these unprecedented times. Last year, Rally made a commitment to fund two $300K Career Development Grants to Young Investigators, in an effort to propel and advance their research to a point where they would receive federal funding. A Young Investigator is sometimes called junior faculty. These amazing individuals are between one and seven years post their pediatric oncologist fellowship...

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The Spark Has Ignited A Fire: How Rally’s Seed Funding Paved the Way for Dr. Volchenboum and the PCDC

The Spark Has Ignited A Fire: How Rally’s Seed Funding Paved the Way for Dr. Volchenboum and the PCDC

At Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research, we often describe ourselves as “philanthropic seed investors in the next great discovery.” That’s because Rally invests early and continues to invest as projects make progress. It’s also because we like to take a few risks when it comes to funding the more “unconventional” research projects. After all, it only takes one spark to light a fire, and that spark—that next great discovery—could pave the way to finding a cure. Dr. Sam Volchenboum’s Pediatric Cancer Data Commons (PCDC) was one of those “unconventional” projects that sparked a glorious fire—all because of Rally Kid Ruby, her father Dr. Jonathan Kaufman, and our shared desire to fund groundbreaking research for childhood cancer. How It Started It all started back in 2015, when Rally Kid Ruby was diagnosed with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of soft tissue cancer. Being the...

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How Rally’s Grant Helped Rally Researcher Dr. Michael Kinnaman: Part 2

How Rally’s Grant Helped Rally Researcher Dr. Michael Kinnaman: Part 2

Rally Researcher, Medical Advisory Board member and pediatric oncologist Dr. Michael Kinnaman is the recipient of Rally’s Postdoctoral and Clinical Research Fellow Grant and most recently was awarded a 2020 Young Investigator Grant. In part two of this two-part series, Dr. Kinnaman reveals how our grant has helped fund his research project on characterizing osteosarcoma tumor cells that are resistant to our current therapy with the end goal of discovering new treatment strategies that are specifically targeted towards these resistant tumor cells. Read part one here.   Dr. Kinnaman Seeks to Understand the Complexities of Osteosarcoma One of the first patients I saw as a fellow at MSK Kids, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Pediatric program, was a 12-year-old boy with newly diagnosed osteosarcoma of his right thigh bone. Osteosarcoma is the most common malignant bone tumor in children and...

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Why I Chose Pediatric Oncology and Research

Why I Chose Pediatric Oncology and Research

Rally Researcher and pediatric oncologist Dr. Michael Kinnaman received a Rally Postdoctoral and Clinical Research Fellow Grant. In part one of this two-part series, Dr. Kinnaman shares his story and why he was drawn to pediatric oncology and research. Have you ever wondered about the career path of a pediatric oncologist and clinical researcher? Dr. Kinnaman's journey began with a decision made during his sophomore year in college. Having dual passions for law and science, Dr. Kinnaman majored in both political science and biology. He had envisioned earning a law degree after graduation and working for a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company. However, this vision began to change after a foray into clinical research, as well as a brief hospital stay. The following is part one of our two-part blog series: Dr. Kinnaman Shares How He Discovered His Passion For Medicine My journey to...

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$3.3 Million of Good News

$3.3 Million of Good News

Could you use some good news? We have some good news. Actually, we have some GREAT news! Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research just awarded $3.3 million in childhood cancer research grants. This is our largest single-year commitment and brings Rally Foundation’s awarded total to $20 million to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures. Thank you to our supporters who made these grants possible. Thank you to the Rally Medical Advisory Board who vetted close to 125 full applications. Thank you to our partners in the Collaborative Pediatric Cancer Research Awards Program (The Truth 365, Open Hands Overflowing Hearts, Infinite Love for Kids Fighting Cancer, Luke Tatsu Johnson Foundation, Batcole Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and CureSearch for Children’s Cancer) who are like-minded foundations working together to co-fund projects...

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Rally Researchers

The New England Journal of Medicine

The New England Journal of Medicine

Chills ran up and down my arms when I opened the link that Rally-funded researcher Dr. Gregory Friedman sent. I was staring at the New England Journal of Medicine logo, an article about Dr. Friedman’s brain cancer research and an acknowledgement to Rally for our support. “As a young investigator in 2013, I received my first grant directly supporting my lab research from Rally. The support enabled us to obtain the critical preclinical data needed for FDA approval to conduct the first pediatric...

read more
Rally Foundation Announces Young Investigator Recipients of its Largest-Ever Grant Awards

Rally Foundation Announces Young Investigator Recipients of its Largest-Ever Grant Awards

We are living in unprecedented times. As the world grapples with a number of issues, including the COVID-19 pandemic, nothing seems normal or constant—but that really isn’t true. Childhood cancer remains a constant. At Rally, every day we are hearing about new diagnoses, relapses and even kids dying from cancer. You know what else remains constant? The commitment of the Rally Foundation Board of Directors, Advisors, supporters, and staff to fund the best cutting-edge childhood cancer...

read more
The Spark Has Ignited A Fire: How Rally’s Seed Funding Paved the Way for Dr. Volchenboum and the PCDC

The Spark Has Ignited A Fire: How Rally’s Seed Funding Paved the Way for Dr. Volchenboum and the PCDC

At Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research, we often describe ourselves as “philanthropic seed investors in the next great discovery.” That’s because Rally invests early and continues to invest as projects make progress. It’s also because we like to take a few risks when it comes to funding the more “unconventional” research projects. After all, it only takes one spark to light a fire, and that spark—that next great discovery—could pave the way to finding a cure. Dr. Sam Volchenboum’s...

read more
How Rally’s Grant Helped Rally Researcher Dr. Michael Kinnaman: Part 2

How Rally’s Grant Helped Rally Researcher Dr. Michael Kinnaman: Part 2

Rally Researcher, Medical Advisory Board member and pediatric oncologist Dr. Michael Kinnaman is the recipient of Rally’s Postdoctoral and Clinical Research Fellow Grant and most recently was awarded a 2020 Young Investigator Grant. In part two of this two-part series, Dr. Kinnaman reveals how our grant has helped fund his research project on characterizing osteosarcoma tumor cells that are resistant to our current therapy with the end goal of discovering new treatment strategies that are...

read more
Why I Chose Pediatric Oncology and Research

Why I Chose Pediatric Oncology and Research

Rally Researcher and pediatric oncologist Dr. Michael Kinnaman received a Rally Postdoctoral and Clinical Research Fellow Grant. In part one of this two-part series, Dr. Kinnaman shares his story and why he was drawn to pediatric oncology and research. Have you ever wondered about the career path of a pediatric oncologist and clinical researcher? Dr. Kinnaman's journey began with a decision made during his sophomore year in college. Having dual passions for law and science, Dr. Kinnaman...

read more
$3.3 Million of Good News

$3.3 Million of Good News

Could you use some good news? We have some good news. Actually, we have some GREAT news! Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research just awarded $3.3 million in childhood cancer research grants. This is our largest single-year commitment and brings Rally Foundation’s awarded total to $20 million to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures. Thank you to our supporters who made these grants possible. Thank you to the Rally Medical Advisory Board who...

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