A Kids’ Brain Tumor Cure Foundation, (aka The PLGA Foundation) families and friends have successfully raised more than $11.5 million in the past 7 years to make cutting edge PLGA medical research on childhood brain tumors possible.

Until now, there are no known causes of brain tumors and little complete/accurate data on Pediatric Low Grade Astrocytomas (PLGAs). In May 2005, families associated with PLGA Foundation convened a group of leading researchersand expert clinicians at the first ever JPA Workshop.

Their common goal was to identify new, non-toxic, non-invasive treatments, with no side effects or impairments, and a cure for those patients who live with Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma (JPA) residing in critical, life-threatening locations in the brain. Defining a scientific agenda, strategy and plan for understanding these brain tumors was needed to provide the foundation for investigations of the causes for PLGA tumors. Armed with this information, these families, along with the PLGA Foundation, funded 7 cutting edge research projects AND launched the first dedicated PLGA Research program at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

According to Dr. Mark Kieran, Director Pediatric Neuro-Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, “Dramatic advances in our capacity to diagnose, treat, and prevent cancers have brought us to a moment when scientific discovery and technology have converged to turn the tide in our fight against these diseases. YET, even with medicine’s many advances, low-grade astrocytomas remain largely under researched and under funded, with treatments unchanged for 25 years. Little is know about low-grade gliomas (LGG) as attention and funding focused on these types of tumors has lagged behind that of high-grade gliomas. Without funding, there is no research. Without research, there is little hope for children diagnosed with PLGA.”

A Kids’ Brain Tumor Cure Foundation welcomes cutting-edge pediatric low grade astrocytoma studies from ANY medical institution, both national and international. While there is no formal request for proposal protocol at this time, interested scientists and physicians may contact the PLGA Foundation ([email protected]) with a letter of interest at any time. Grants are distributed year round.

The time for generating brain tumor specific research studies is now. With new scientific advances, experts believe we can find more effective therapies for the most common forms of children’s brain tumors.

To help fund medical research on childhood brain tumors, please donate TODAY.