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Kick Leuk Foundation raises more than $54,000 for CHOP



The Kick Leuk Foundation presents $54,450 to Dr. Richard Aplenc, oncologist and head of the Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Research Project at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The Kick Leuk Foundation co-founders Bob and Suzanne Stephens, along with board member Rob Boyce and his wife, Nancy, presented Dr. Richard Aplenc, oncologist and head of the Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Research Project at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, with a check for $54,450.

Since its inception in 2013, KLF has donated more than $215,000 to CHOP for pediatric leukemia research.

“Funding from KLF has allowed us to develop a new approach for finding potential targets on the outside of AML cells,” Aplenc said. “This approach allows us to discover many more new proteins than could be previously discovered. We have applied this adult AML sample and have found several previously unknown proteins. We have now started analyzing pediatric samples, with a goal of analyzing 100 samples from children with AML. In addition, this approach is being used by investigators in neuroblastoma, a pediatric solid tumor. Funding from The Kick Leuk Foundation for the past year and current year will go towards paying the sample analysis costs, about $1,600 per sample, and to support the laboratory scientists performing both the laboratory and bioinformatics analysis.”

After their 15-year-old daughter was diagnosed with AML in 2010, Suzanne and Bob Stephens became aware of how little government funding there is for pediatric cancer research.

Because of this they created The Kick Leuk Foundation, a New Hope-based organization, to raise awareness and funding for pediatric leukemia research, and they are doing just that. Through private donations, the annual KLF Golf Outing, the annual KLF Cup Collegiate Soccer Tournament, a Comedy Night featuring comic Jimmy Carroll, and a fundraising event from The Flip-Flop Shop in Lahaska, KLF raised funds for a successful 2016. Also, once a month KLF volunteers coordinate and deliver dinner, donated by area restaurants, to the Ronald McDonald Oncology Family Room at CHOP. KLF also helps to defray the cost for an oncology family’s stay at The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.

The Kick Leuk Foundation thanks everyone who donated and/or participated in any of the events.

For information about The Kick Leuk Foundation, visit kickleuk.org.

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