The PRESS ON Fund
This year, the adidas Golf Invitational will once again be supporting a most worthwhile charity. Last year, the tournament supported the PRESS ON FUND, raising over $60,000. Live auction items will be available and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the PRESS ON FUND. More details will be available prior to the event. We are proud to be supporting this organization, founded by three families touched by childhood cancer. Their story is inspiring, and their efforts have already made a difference in countless lives. You can also lend your support by going to http://pressonfund.org
The Mission of PRESS ON
We’re fighting for campouts, campfires and s’mores. We’re fighting for soccer games and ballet classes. We’re fighting for a world without childhood cancer. PRESS ON’S Unique Mission is to IDENTIFY feasible and ground-breaking alternative therapies for childhood cancers and to INVEST monies raised in a manner that supports the science and infrastructure needed to CURE childhood cancer within our lifetime.
The History of PRESS ON
In 2006, Stephen and Erin Chance formed PRESS ON after their son Patrick was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma (NB) at just three years old. Its original mission was to invest in less toxic, more effective therapies for high-risk NB. Very few children have survived recurrent high-risk NB; however, there are many therapies and trials that could someday lead to a cure.
In January of 2009, Turner and Tara Simkins’ middle son, Brennan, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML, the deadliest form of childhood leukemia) on the eve of his 7th birthday. Survival rates for AML have remained woefully stagnant compared to other types of childhood leukemia. Coincidentally, AML is the #1 secondary childhood cancer developed as a result of treatments given to cure a child’s primary cancer. This meant both Brennan and Patrick were at risk of surviving their primary cancers only to come down with secondary AML as a result of their first treatments. With this in mind, the Chances invited the Simkins to join PRESS ON and expanded the mission to include research for AML.
It was during their time at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital that Tara and Turner Simkins met Bob and Melanie Crawford, whose daughter Hallie was undergoing treatment for a brain tumor. In 2011 Hallie was diagnosed with a brain tumor now classified as hGWNT, a new sub group of PNET (primitive neuroectodermal tumor), of which there are only 15 known cases. Hallie’s father Bob is a world-renowned bassist with the Avett Brothers. With the help of a loyal network of Avett Brother’s fans, family, and friends, the Crawfords raised over a half a million dollars for pediatric cancer research.
By 2015 PRESS ON and its partners have invested over $7.9mm for cures at centers throughout America. In 2015, through a $2.5mm commitment to create the first Translational Pediatric Oncology Research Program at the Georgia Cancer Center in Augusta, GA, PRESS ON began to expand its mission to include pediatric cancers beyond NB and AML. Soon after this announcement, Bob and Melanie contacted PRESS ON while researching ways to expand their own fundraising efforts. Given PRESS ON'S expanding mission, and the Crawford’s dedication to the cause, the Chances and Simkins invited the Crawford’s to join the PRESS ON band of families.
Patrick, Brennan, and Hallie have been treated at some of the top pediatric cancer centers in the country: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Children’s Medical Center at the Medical College of Georgia. Exceptional research and innovative doctors and scientists at these centers have provided these children with opportunities that many others never had. Without treatment, 3-year-old Patrick had two months to live. Thanks to the dedication of his doctors and family, he lived to see five more years.
- Patrick Crawford passed away on his 9thbirthday, January 9, 2012.
- After one relapse, Hallie Chance is now four years off treatment. She and is a joyful and engaging 2nd grader!
- After relapsing three times and receiving a record four bone marrow transplants, Brennan Simkins has been in remission for six years. He is now a senior in high school!
Cancer continues to be the number one disease killer of American children, more than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and pediatric AIDS combined. The adidas Golf Invitational is proud to support PRESS ON. Your added support and donations can truly contribute to the lives of children who simply want to live their lives, grow up cancer-free, and have a chance to experience all that life has to offer!
For more information and to donate to PRESS ON, visit their website at http://pressonfund.org