Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation Announces First Global Initiative in Rwanda
With Partner Organizations Partners In Health and The Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Jeff Gordon alongside Partners In Health representatives, Dr. Larry Shulman and Dr. Sara Stulac gathered friends and supporters on Wednesday evening to announce their new partnership to bring accessible cancer treatment to children of Rwanda. The Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation has committed to raise $ 1.5 million dollars over the course of three years to participate in the development and implementation of proper protocols for pediatric cancer patients in that region.
Rwanda remains Africa's most densely populated country, and its estimated population of 10 million is expected to double within the next 10 years. Through the funding of the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation, Partners In Health and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute will develop a comprehensive program to address all components of cancer: prevention, diagnosis, chemo and radiation therapies, surgery and survivor follow-up care for children faced with cancer.
"Childhood cancer occurs randomly, regularly and excludes no ethnicity, socioeconomic class or geographic region and that is why it is imperative we reach beyond our borders and bring access to treatment to countries like Rwanda," said Gordon. Partners In Health and the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation share a mutual desire to reach the day when no child faces the uncertainties of cancer. With our new partnership we are one step closer," said Gordon.
The evening concluded with a discussion among Gordon, Dr. Shulman and Dr. Stulac and the assembled guests about the newly launched initiative. They answered questions, shared first-hand stories of their personal experiences and showed video footage of rural Rwanda demonstrating the urgent need for pediatric medical care.
Together in partnership, the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation and Partners In Health and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute are committed to establish and execute a proper infrastructure for oncological treatment and care.
About Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation
The Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation was established as a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization in 1999 by the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion. The Foundation supports children battling pediatric cancer by funding programs that improve patients' quality of life, treatment programs that increase survivorship and pediatric medical research dedicated to finding a cure. In addition, the foundation also supports the Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital in Concord, NC. For more information visit www.jeffgordonchildrensfoundation.org.
About Partners In Health
Partners In Health (PIH) works in 12 countries around the world to provide quality health care to people and communities devastated by joint burdens of poverty and disease. PIH has been providing vital health care services in Haiti for more than 20 years and is the largest health care provider in the country, working with the Haitian Ministry of Health to deliver comprehensive health care services to a catchment area of 1.2 million across the Central Plateau and the Lower Artibonite Valley. PIH had 4,400 staff in Haiti before the January 12 earthquake. Visit www.pih.org for more information.
For further information please visit www.jeffgordonchildrensfoundation.org.