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Quilt goes on tour to find a cure

POSTED: March 29, 2013 11:48 p.m.

The National Angel Quilt will visit The Mall of Georgia in Buford this weekend. 

The stop is one of many for the quilt’s tour around the country. The quilt was started by The Make Some Noise Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. 

The quilt will be on display at the mall through 9 tonight.

The foundation was started by Malcolm Sutherland-Foggio, a 14 year old pediatric cancer patient. He has Ewing’s sarcoma, an aggressive bone tumor. In just over three years, the foundation has raised over $1 million for pediatric cancer research.

“The goal of the foundation is to educate the country about kids’ cancer and find the cures,” Sutherland-Foggio said. “The new research that’s being conducted helps to make newer protocols to help save more kids.”

Malcolm’s mother, Julie Sutherland, is president and CEO of The Make Some Noise Foundation. 

“Every 40 minutes a kid is diagnosed in this country,” Sutherland said. “(That) is more than 320 children.”

Sutherland says there are around 120 different research labs in the United States that dedicate their time to pediatric cancer research.

“There’s just not enough money to go around,” Sutherland said.

Pediatric cancer receives 3 percent of all funding for cancer research, which has to be divided among 12 different types of childhood cancers. The need for funding has increased, because there is no early detection or screening for childhood cancer.

Most pediatric cancer protocols in place now are 20 to 30 years old, and 80 percent of these cancers metastasize by the time they are diagnosed.

Brian Ernst, a 17-year-old from Oakwood who died after contracting Ewing’s sarcoma in 2010, has a patch on the National Angel Quilt.

“This is what my son wanted to do,” said Donna Ernst, Brian Ernst’s mother. “He wanted to leave a legacy of helping other children with cancer.”

She said that childhood cancer awareness is important because it is not as rare as many believe it is.

“You don’t think of kids getting cancer, but (now) it’s much more prevalent,” Ernst said. 

The foundation’s goal is to raise $1 million in the next year, and eventually $12 million every year after that to give $1 million for each type of childhood cancer.


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