Nemours gets $1M to fight leukemia

By Amy Cherry 1:36pm, March 21, 2013 - Updated 2:37pm, March 21, 2013
WDEL's Amy Cherry talks with Dr. Bailey, President and CEO of Nemours and Denni Ferrara and Chris Meyers of the Leukemia Research Foundation.
Nemours gets a generous donation to fight leukemia.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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The $1 million gift from the Leukemia Research Foundation brings Nemours one step closer to finding a cure for the deadly blood cancer.

"This really speeds up the timing of testing and coming to final drugs that may work better, and so this will really shorten the time from development to the bedside," says Dr. David Bailey is President/CEO of Nemours.

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Bailey says 15-percent of children diagnosed with leukemia have their lives shortened by the cancer, and this money will save lives.

Denni Ferra of Middletown is the founder and CEO of the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware. Her 18-year-old daughter Natalia is a leukemia survivor.

"We kind of forget about the people who are in their labs doing their work. We kind of forget how important what they're doing really is until you've been touched by the disease," says Ferrara.

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Ferrara says she's proud and excited to give this generous gift to the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

"We're hoping that it will lead to the cure, and in the meantime, it will lead to less side effects, that my daughter, unfortunately, had to deal with," she says.

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