Seattle Children's Center for Childhood Cancer Research just announced a $5 million gift to the program. The innovative cancer research facility only opened last summer. Already researchers, led by Dr. Michael Jensen, are working to create new therapies that use a child's immune system to battle cancer.
The new funding comes from the Ben Towne Foundation, created by Carin and Jeff Towne. The couple lost their three year old to cancer in 2008.
"We want to give Ben a legacy of hope. We want his name to be associated with cure. We want his suffering to not have been in vain," said Carin Towne.
Their donation will accelerate the testing of cancer therapies that have the potential to save children's lives without the need for chemotherapy and radiation.
"What might the worst side effects of being cured of cancer for a child be if we're successful? It might feel like you have a cold for a couple days. And that would be a revolution," said Dr. Jensen.
In honor of the donation, the facility is now renamed the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research.