Gerald Simonelli is a St. Baldrick’s Pediatric Cancer Research Fundraiser

Gerald Simonelli takes great pride in organizing fundraisers and charity events for a good purpose. As a former pastor, he raised millions of dollars to improve several parishes and ministry organizations in his home town. He recently worked with St. Baldrick’s and raised over $10,000 for Pediatric Cancer Research. Gerald Simonelli cares deeply about today’s youth, and works hard to ensure that his slice of the world is a better place for future generations. After raising money for St. Baldrick’s, Gerald Simonelli continues to follow pediatric cancer research closely in hopes for a cure. Just this month, there has been a humongous breakthrough in cancer treatment, and now children suffering with cancer may be closer to receiving the cure they need. Since the 1980’s, researchers have been working diligently on a drug to treat high-risk neuroblastoma in children. This type of cancer emerges from the nerve tissue outside the central nervous system, and is extremely aggressive. Unfortunately, it is also a common form of cancer in children, and accounts for almost 15% of deaths due to cancer. Within the last 20 years, there were only two drugs that were approved by the FDA to treat cancer in children. But just this month, a third was approved. The drug, Unituxin, works in conjunction with other drugs to help the immune system fight off cancer. Its approval means that the drug is available outside of clinical trials, meaning that all children will have access to it. St. Baldrick’s thanks the cancer research advocates who have so tirelessly dedicated their time to funding cancer research through their programs. People like Gerald Simonelli who shaved their heads and raised thousands of dollars have had a direct effect on the development of this drug.

Gerald Simonelli

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