In his dying days, Carter Martin had a vision – he challenged the coins in his piggy bank in the fight against childhood cancer. Some fifteen years after Carter’s death, his legacy continues to be a driving force due to thousands of people emptying their piggy banks and writing checks for amounts way beyond what Carter would have ever imagined. However, we still have much work to do for all children to be cured.
The annual Piggy Bank Bash celebrates Carter’s life while raising critical funding to support CURE Childhood Cancer’s precision medicine program. Precision medicine offers hope to children who need it by focusing on less toxic, individualized treatments based upon each child’s genetic makeup. Where traditional cancer treatment has failed, and treatment options are limited at best, precision medicine offers a new opportunity. It offers hope for a cure. In time, we believe this individualized approach to cancer treatment will become the standard of care for all children with cancer, saving lives and preserving lifetimes by minimizing the effects of today’s highly toxic therapies. Carter envisioned a cure.