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“The Whit Whit Fund”

The Whit Whit Fund began very organically. The Posillico men shaved their heads every year for St. Baldrick’s to raise money for pediatric cancer. When Whitney was diagnosed, her cousin decided to start “Team Whitney” to raise money in her honor. In ten days, we raised over $173,000! We then decided to start the “Whit Whit Fund” at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The “Whit Whit Fund” raises money to research pediatric tumor cancers. To date we have raised over $400,000 for a total of over $570,000 for pediatric cancer research!

Research

With the generous money you have given, researchers have been able to make good progress in their proposed research to find new therapies against rare cancers. They identified a new class of drugs that may have specific activity against Malignant Rhabdoid Tumors, a rare and chemotherapy insensitive tumor type. They are currently running several experiments to understand how the drug works in these tumors, and strategies for moving them forward into clinical trials. They are also studying the ability to perform “liquid biopsies” for several high risk solid tumor types. Liquid biopsies allow physicians to gain important genetic information about a patient’s tumor through simple blood tests, rather than having to perform invasive tumor biopsies.

As you can see, you are making a difference! Thank you!

Make a donation by clicking above or if you prefer to write a check:

Checks should be made payable to MSKCC. Write memo as: “Whit Whit Fund”.

Mail to:

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Office of Development
Attn: Colleen Hanley
885 Second Ave. 7th Fl.
New York, NY 10017

Tax ID is 13-1924236.