Each year, more than 10,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer, a figure that has slowly but steadily risen over the past several decades. Today, thanks to improved care, more kids are beating cancer than ever before. Still, more research is desperately needed to root out the causes of pediatric cancers, which differ greatly from adult cancers, and to leverage these findings into new, innovative treatments to help more kids lead longer, healthier lives.
Van Andel Institute (VAI) is honored to hold A Conversation about Pediatric Cancer hosted by Carol Van Andel, an educational and philanthropic event that will spotlight the exciting work underway in Grand Rapids to fight back against these devastating diseases. Guests will hear from the people on the front lines of these efforts, including Dr. Matt Steensma, who conducts research at the Institute and treats patients at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Jenna Gedminas, a
clinical pediatric hematology/oncology fellow at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and research fellow in the lab of Dr. Patrick Grohar at the Institute. Dr. James Fahner, Division Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, will give the keynote address.