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Local family honors child with international fundraiser


 

Local family joins an international team of over 130 families funding innovative cancer research on Giving Tuesday.

On Giving Tuesday, November 27, Brison Ricker’s family honored the late teen’s memory with a virtual telethon to benefit Homerun Cure cancer research for children afflicted with brain cancer. 

The Cedar Springs teen died on December 23, 2017, after a two-year struggle with a rare and deadly childhood brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

Joining the ranks of over 130 families around the world, the Rickers helped not only raise awareness for Brison’s fight, but also helped other families in the fight by funding critical research to provide cures for all cancers. An unprecedented event, The Cure Starts Now’s “100 Families Strong” online telethon planned to raise over $100,000 for research, and the Rickers planned to raise $1,000 of that. Both goals were met and then some. The Rickers raised $1,200 and the overall program raised over $170,000!

“Thanks to each of you who supported us in our mission to fund research and fight for a cure for DIPG in honor of Brison,” his mom, Kim Ricker, wrote on the Facebook page. “Foundation wide with 130 families fighting for the same mission, we crushed the $100,000 goal and raised over $170,000! This will fund over 1500 research hours! Together we can and will make a difference! We are so grateful for continued support! God bless.” 

Last year The Cure Starts Now raised over $50,000 through the combined effort of 25 families and provided the basis for the development of one new cancer research protocol to help children in the fight. While the Giving Tuesday telethon is over, you can still donate by visiting Brison’s page at http://www.donate2csn.org/brison.

About The Cure Starts Now

The Cure Starts Now was started in honor of 6-year-old Elena Desserich, a Cincinnati girl who battled a rare, aggressive form of brain cancer known as DIPG. Today, The Cure Starts Now Foundation has nearly 40 locations in four countries and is the only cancer foundation dedicated to finding the Homerun Cure™ for cancer by focusing on one of the rarest, most aggressive forms of cancer. Believing in more than just awareness, The Cure Starts Now has funded over $12 million in cancer research, resulting in over 80 cutting edge research grants in 6 countries since 2007. Learn more about The Cure Starts Now and their mission to find the Homerun Cure for cancer at https://www.thecurestartsnow.org/.

Brison Ricker died of DIPG in December 2017.

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Pediatric brain cancer non-profit expands reach


Brison Ricker

“The Cure Starts Now” adds Cedar Springs Chapter in honor of Brison Ricker

 International non-profit The Cure Starts Now announced last week that its 38th chapter has been established in Cedar Springs in honor of Brison Ricker.

The addition of this new chapter allows The Cure Starts Now to further its mission of finding the Homerun Cure for cancer by funding research of one of the deadliest, most aggressive forms of cancer: DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma)—a cancer that primarily affects children.

The Michigan Chapter of The Cure Starts Now was started by Kimberly Ricker in honor of her son, Brison. Diagnosed with DIPG on January 22, 2016, Brison battled for 23 months before passing away, just twelve days before his 17th birthday. Though he was young, Brison displayed a level of maturity not seen in many his age. He showed kindness, compassion, and respect to everyone—helping the new kid, or sitting with the child that was being bullied.

“DIPG is a horrific disease and no child should have to go through this and no parent should have to watch this happen to their precious child,” said Brison’s mother, Kim. “Brison has made us forever Rickerstrong, and in his honor, we will share his story, we will advocate, and bring as much awareness to DIPG as possible, so we can together work towards a cure!” 

The Cure Starts Now believes, as the experts do, in the Homerun strategy—that in order to cure cancer, you have to focus on those forms that are immune to conventional treatments, those that affect children, and those that are the “biggest bullies.” To do this, The Cure Starts Now funds research previously thought to be too ambitious or impossible.

 By operating with less than 3 percent overhead, The Cure Starts Now is able to ensure that money donated through the fundraising efforts of its chapters goes directly to funding innovative research.

The Cure Starts Now is one of the only cancer foundations dedicated to finding the Homerun Cure for cancer by focusing on one of the rarest, most aggressive forms of cancer. Believing in more than just awareness, The Cure Starts Now has funded over $10 million in cancer research, resulting in 59 cutting edge research grants in 6 countries since 2007.

Learn more about The Cure Starts Now and their mission to find the Homerun Cure for cancer at https://thecurestartsnow.org/. 

 

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