Gainesville fundraising organization helps fund pediatric cancer research
Stop Children’s Cancer held its annal gala event on April 20 at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center at the University of Florida. With more than 1,200 people in attendance, the local fundraising organization presented a check to department of pediatrics chair Scott Rivkees, M.D, and pediatric hematology/oncology chief, William Slayton, M.D. with a check for $150,000 to help fund pediatric clinical trials.
Held every spring, the Stop Children’s Cancer Fantasy Event transforms the O’Connell Center with spectacular decorations reflecting the current year’s theme. The black tie optional event features live music with dancing, Vegas style gaming and delicious theme-based food with open bar.
Since its founding, Stop Children’s Cancer has contributed nearly $6 million to fund pediatric cancer research at the UF College of Medicine. All research funding is specifically aimed at preventing, controlling and curing childhood cancer. For more information, visit stopchildrenscancer.org.