Mason Spencer Lives On Foundation has made their first donation to Cincinnati Childrens Medical Center has been made. The donation was in the amount of $5,500. We were able to work with the doctors and direct two we want the funds used. We choose to put them towards Graft Versus Host Disease Research. GVHD is what Mason battled for the last 13 months of his life.
There is already a funded project to validate a human peripheral blood screening test for acute GVHD (to detect it before symptoms develop). This money will be put toward the unfunded related project to develop the same test in mice and test different treatments in transplanted mice using the same blood test to detect acute GVHD before it develops. When they have a human trial of pre-emptive treatment in patients with positive screening results in a few years, this will enable them to know what agents to use/what should work best.
If you would like to donate, here are the possible ways you can:
– To donate by phone with credit card: Call 309-662-4477
– To donate with a check by mail: Make you check payable to “IPCF-Mason Spencer Lives On” Mail to Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, 915 E. Washington St., Suite 2, Bloomington, IL 61701