More than 125 people came together for the 2019 CancerFree KIDS research grant reception at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to celebrate the investment of $850,000 in grants for innovative pediatric cancer research. Among them were Loveland Intermediate School (LIS) teachers Malia Evans and Steve Federman, who had the opportunity to present the Loveland Schools Research Grant and meet the grant recipient in person.
“It was a truly incredible evening,” said Federman. “We heard firsthand about the research being done right here in Cincinnati and the lifesaving difference it makes.”
Federman, science teacher and long-time coach of the LIS Runner’s Club and Loveland Middle School Cross Country team, has conducted numerous fundraising events over the years with his student runners to support CancerFree KIDS. Evans started the “Jeans Day” program about a decade ago, encouraging teachers to donate an amount annually in exchange for a CancerFree KIDS t-shirt and the right to wear jeans to work on Wednesdays. Collections from these efforts over the past year led to the donation of the Loveland Schools Research Grant, one of 18 grants awarded in 2019.
About CancerFree KIDS
A 501c3 founded by Ellen Flannery, CancerFree KIDS provides seed funding for promising research that can cure or provide gentler treatment to children with cancer. Flannery’s daughter was diagnosed with cancer as a five-month old and experienced first-hand the lack of funding and progress in childhood cancer research. Her daughter is now a healthy college graduate and CancerFree KIDS remains more determined than ever that other children do not have to endure that experience. To date, CancerFree KIDS has invested more than $5.2 million in game-changing research that might otherwise go unfunded.
Photo caption (top image): Malia Evans and Steve Federman with Dr. H. Leighton Grimes, the recipient of the Loveland City Schools Research Grant.
Photo caption 2: More than 125 people gathered Monday, June 17 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as CancerFree KIDS invested $850,000 in research grants to pediatric cancer research. The picture features the individuals representing each named grant, along with the research grant recipients.