To Benefit: Research for Childhood Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Friday, Sept. 12th- 6:00 p.m.
Oregon Golf Club
25700 SW Pete’s Mountain Rd.
West Linn, Oregon
What is the Blue Butterfly Campaign?
The Blue Butterfly Campaign is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to raise money for researching a cure and more effective, less damaging treatments for childhood Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Leukemia is the leading cause of death among children and is shockingly underfunded. Children with AML have a 40-50% chance of survival. We can change that!
In 2014 Blue Butterfly Campaign will be funding revolutionary research at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
Dr. Kurre’s research focuses on using simple blood draws for early non-invasive diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
Almost half of all children with AML continue to suffer relapses of the disease. Currently, detecting a relapse requires drilling into the hip for bone marrow sampling. With this practice, the relapsed leukemia is detected too late causing children to need intense chemotherapy, radiation and stem cell transplantation treatments. In other cases, the reoccurrence of leukemia goes undetected. This current approach of bone marrow aspiration is not only painful and invasive but only successful in detecting the leukemia in one of every 40 procedures performed.
No instrument at OHSU is currently capable of detecting special markers released by leukemic cells in the blood. Blue Butterfly Campaign’s goal is to raise much needed funds to purchase the screening equipment that will allow Dr. Kurre and his team to begin the critical research that will move their studies closer to helping the kids with AML.
Thank you for your help and generosity!
The Blue Butterfly Campaign has donated over $130,000 in the quest to find a cure for childhood Acute Myeloid Leukemia.