Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc. (MACC Fund) will extend their long tradition of helping children with cancer, by presenting part one of a two part pledge to support pediatric oncology research.
The Milwaukee-based organization, well known for its three decades of philanthropy, will present a check to the UW Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center (UWCCC), fulfilling the first phase of a two-year $660,000 pledge to advance the work of seven UWCCC scientists.
The funds include $50,000 grants to six researchers and an additional $30,000 to a seventh investigator. Although the funds support individual research projects, all proposals have a common theme of advancing the understanding and treatment of childhood cancer and the researchers are working as part of a team focused on laboratory, translational, and clinical pediatric oncology.
“We are very pleased that these research projects were all selected for support by the MACC Fund,” says Dr. Paul Sondel, head of the UW Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Division. “Their support enables novel pediatric oncology research at UWCCC to move forward, promising hope to children diagnosed with cancer.”
Last fall the MACC also announced a $3.5 million capital gift to the UWCCC to establish a laboratory wing devoted to childhood cancer research in the soon-to-be-completed Interdisciplinary Research Complex (IRC) on the UW-Madison campus. That gift will provide full laboratory space for six researchers in the research center.
The MACC Fund was founded in 1976 by former Milwaukee Bucks player Jon McGlocklin and then Bucks radio announcer Eddie Doucette to help find a cure for young cancer patients.