This is why we back Jack …
Childhood cancer is considered rare, but not when it happens to someone you know or your own child. Sarah and John Bartosz founded the I Back Jack Foundation, a 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity, in 2006 following the unthinkable diagnosis of their son with neuroblastoma, an aggressive and difficult to treat pediatric cancer. The cause of neuroblastoma is unknown, though most physicians believe that it is an accidental cell growth that occurs during normal development and forms in the nerve tissue. The statistics are startling and make childhood cancers like neuroblastoma, anything but rare:
- One in 330 children will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20
- Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer in children
- Neuroblastoma is the most common solid tumor cancer affecting children today and has the lowest survival rates
- Every 16 hours a child with neuroblastoma dies
- There is no known cure for relapsed neuroblastoma
Effective treatment for advanced and relapsed neuroblastoma does not yet exist due to a lack of funding for research and lack of profit for drug companies to pursue new therapies. Most drugs used for children today were developed for adults more than 20 years ago.
What would you do if you were told your child had a cancer for which there was no cure?
You would do whatever it takes and build upon the trust in the eyes of your child and the other children so bravely fighting.
The I Back Jack Foundation, Inc., is an IRC 501(c)(3) public charity organized to support pediatric oncology research by undertaking the following activities:
- Provide funds to medical and/or scientific personnel and/or institutions to participate in local, regional, and/or national research programs for the study of neuroblastoma and related pediatric diseases in the field of oncology and allied fields in effort to treat and/or cure such diseases.
- Provide educational materials and/or medical equipment to medical and/or scientific personnel and/or institutions for the study of neuroblastoma and related diseases in effort to treat and/or cure such diseases.
- Provide literary information support and education concerning neuroblastoma and related diseases to medical and/or scientific personnel as well as the general public at no cost in an effort to raise public awareness of such diseases so as to promote early detection and treatment.
Today, we ask everyone to continue to "back Jack" by supporting G9...
Over the past year, we have had many, many discussions where it became clear that it was time to shift our focus and efforts towards Gold In September (G9). Jack truly started a movement of hope, and as a result G9 is ultimately the house that Jack inspired, Annie envisioned, John designed, and Sarah is determined to build. The goals are the same, but the scope and breadth are much bigger, wider, and far-reaching. Jack will continue to infuse his energy into the G9 efforts, backing research, inspiring hope, and defeating cancer; only now these goals will be applied to help every child, everywhere with all types of childhood cancer, until cures for cancer are found.
We are beyond grateful for all the unwavering support for the mission of the I Back Jack Foundation. Over the past 10 years, with the help of many, we have raised over $1.25 million in support of Neuroblastoma research and treatments. Now, we ask everyone to keep their hearts open and hope alive as we continue to "back Jack" by supporting G9. Learn more about the transition and Gold In September (G9).
Together, we must color the world gold so very child, everywhere will survivor cancer.