We could not be more excited about what the new Solid Tumor Program means for sarcoma patients at Cook. Young patients will no longer have to travel to other cities for care, but will be able to stay close to their support system at home, while receiving the best new cancer therapiesLaura RutledgeIt has been the hope of the Rutledge Foundation since its inception, to help provide cutting edge clinical trials to solid tumor pediatric cancer patients in Fort Worth. In December, a check of $150,000 was presented to Cook Children’s Medical Center to help make a Solid Tumor Program a reality in our community.
These funds have assisted in hiring the staff needed to provide genomic evaluation and participation in cutting edge, immune-based and targeted therapies like the ones that the Rutledge Foundation supports. Pediatric Solid Tumors make up 40% of all childhood cancers. The need for less toxic more curative therapies are desperately needed, and thanks to our donors, patients from North Texas will have access to new and potentially life saving therapies.