An organization near and dear to our hearts, the Isabella Santos Foundation, which benefits those fighting rare pediatric cancer, is hosting a breakfast panel next week featuring some of the brightest and most influential women in Charlotte, and we thought you’d want to know!
The event is at Carmel Country Club and guests are invited to come either Tuesday March 8 or Wednesday March 9 or both! The breakfast is from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each day. Admission is free, but ISF is hoping you’ll be so inspired by this impressive group of Charlotte businesswomen, moms and influencers, you’ll feel moved to make a contribution. Their goal is to raise $200,000 to aid in the fight of rare pediatric cancers. The Isabella Santos Foundation was created by Erin Santos in honor of her daughter Isabella Santos, who lost her battle with Neuroblastoma at age 7 in 2012. March 9 would have been her 17th birthday.
In celebration of International Women’s Day and Isabella’s 17th birthday, join us for a breakfast panel of exceptional and influential women of Charlotte on March 8 & 9. These women will share what inspires them in their work and among their community. Stylists and jewelers, chefs and designers, leaders and philanthropists – together these women paint a beautiful picture of what Charlotte is made of. Emceed by Page Fehling, we guarantee an uplifting morning over mimosas and breakfast.
These mornings will provide motivating examples of all kinds of women running their own businesses and making a difference throughout Charlotte. Following the women’s panel, the morning will conclude with an opportunity to learn about Isabella Santos Foundation’s (ISF) mission for rare pediatric cancers. Attendees will learn about the global pediatric cancer program being built in Charlotte as we raise funds to provide more personalized treatment and improve survivor rates for kids with rare cancers.
There is no cost for the event to you; however, our hope is you will be inspired to support ISF. Learn more about what ISF is raising money for. Limited tables and seats are available. If interested in reserving, please contact us to register: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Vaccinations required. Safety protocols will be followed per the current health environment.
What Does the Money Raised Benefit?
One size fits all does not work with childhood cancer. Moving away from kitchen-sink chemo to individualized, targeted therapies is one way we will beat childhood cancer. It’s time to attack the cancer. Not the whole body.
Proceeds from the ISF In The Company of Women Breakfast at Carmel Country Club will fund Precision Medicine for patients being treated under the Isabella Santos Foundation Rare & Solid Tumor Program at Levine Children’s. Precision medicine, not covered under insurance, creates personalized treatment plans for each child, treating each child’s tumor specifically, like an IEP in school or a custom-tailored suit.
Our goal is to raise $200,000 to provide precision medicine for 130+ patients. Every $1,500 raised provides Precision Medicine for one rare and solid tumor patient which gives doctors and researchers the ability to:
UNDERSTAND: Sequence and analyze a child’s tumor. Understand what mutations are driving that unique tumor to be cancer. The more that is understood about cancer, the cleaner, and more effective treatments become.
TARGETED TREATMENT: Doctors use the information they know about each tumor’s genetic makeup to add targeted drugs onto the standard of care, with the goal of increasing the efficacy of treatment. As they continue to gain a better understanding and have more data of what is beating cancer for kids, they hope to leave “kitchen sink chemo” behind and eventually move to treatment regimens that attack cancer alone – not the rest of the body.
DISCOVER: Understanding tumors and which mutations are causing cancers to continue growing helps discover targets to treat based on. Researchers can work from already-FDA-approved drugs which target those markers to discover new treatments. For instance, maybe a drug that was developed for osteoporosis, or Alzheimer’s, could actually shrink a child’s tumor.