Childhood Brain Cancer is THE Most Deadly Cancer in kids under 18,
and is one of the Least Funded for Research. (nih.gov)
CHILDREN ARE DIAGNOSED WITH BRAIN CANCER EVERY YEAR IN THE UNITED STATES
OF CHILDREN DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER WILL DIE WITHIN 5 YEARS
DRUGS DEVELOPED IN THE LAST 30 YEARS TO TREAT CHILDHOOD CANCER
These include children who are terminal upon diagnosis, with no options for a life-saving treatment. This is unacceptable. The work of Smashing Walnuts is to change these statistics by funding much needed research and clinical trials to find “cures.”
By focusing our efforts specifically on childhood brain cancer research, the second-most-common cancer and the most deadly, we act as a catalyst, changing the situation. Sources of funding for childhood brain cancer research are scarce, but through our financial support, lobbying and directed resources, we have already moved the needle.
At 9 years old, Gabriella Miller was diagnosed with DIPG, an inoperable brain tumor that was the size of a walnut. Realizing how little awareness and funding there was for childhood cancer and particularly childhood brain cancer, Gabriella quickly became a global advocate for children with cancer and started the Smashing Walnuts Foundation. Gabriella was only 10 years old when she passed away in 2013. Her family now continues her mission of awareness. Smashing Walnuts is Gabriella’s legacy, founded to give kids like her a fighting chance.