February 20, 2020

Northwestern Mutual Foundation Awards $30K to Further Childhood Cancer Research

Gainesville’s Northwestern Mutual office has awarded $30K to support a UF Health research grant for adoptive cellular therapy that treats three different types of pediatric brain tumors.

The grant is led by Catherine Flores, Ph.D., an investigator within the UF Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program and the Preston A. Wells, Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy.  The funds awarded are in addition to the $100,000 raised during last year’s 2nd Annual Lemon Ball, which also benefitted Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and supported Dr. Flores’ Young Investigator Award.

Through these grants, Northwestern Mutual Gainesville continues to help children experience the joy of life while supporting researchers in taking a step closer to finding the cure for cancer.

Cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease past infancy among children in the US, yet childhood cancer research and services are vastly and consistently underfunded.

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