CURE Childhood Cancer got its start back in 1975, thanks to Emory University pediatric oncologist, Dr. Abdel Ragab. He needed support to build a pediatric oncology research program. He organized a group of parents of his patients to form CURE and start raising money.
Right out of the gates, CURE raised funds for critical research equipment. In 1978, CURE contributed $20,000 to purchase a special microscope used to diagnose different types of childhood leukemia. Soon after, we began providing support for the training of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellows during their research rotations.
During CURE’s early years, the childhood cancer research lab was located at Grady Hospital. But most of Dr. Ragab’s patients were being treated at Emory. In 1981, we provided a significant donation to establish a research lab on the Emory campus. Starting as a temporary facility, that lab grew from a new outpatient clinic in 1987 to a fully equipped childhood cancer research lab in 1989.