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Hello Friends,

I hope this letter finds you safe and healthy. I was recently reminded of a quote from author Elisabeth Elliot. She wrote, “The deepest lessons come out of the deepest waters and the hottest fires.” Cancer is like a fire that burns everything it touches and as the saying goes, you must fight fire with fire. For us that means matching that intensity in everything we do.

As Dragon Master Initiative continues working toward our goal of ending the threat childhood cancer poses to our loved ones, we are faced with both the challenges and promises, what I see as fires of the mind and heart.

Through your generous donations, we’ve helped support the childhood cancer community in a variety of ways. We helped individual families burning through all available resources to cope with a cancer diagnosis. We helped light fires to signal to legislators to fund programs that are changing how childhood cancer research is conducted and shared. Perhaps the most important task is getting researchers to share and use data accessible through Cavatica and CBTN. By funding programs like CAVATICA and the Children’s Brain Tumor Network (CBTN), Dragon Master Initiative is changing the way researchers, scientists, and doctors access data previously out of their reach.

Navigating the devastating news of a cancer diagnosis is difficult enough, but the lack of information and guidance during the stressful period after a cancer diagnosis can be a crippling emotional burden. Of course, the burden is also financial and through our support of programs like Noah’s G.I.F.T.S., Dragon Master Initiative helped cover a portion of the travel expenses for numerous families who enrolled their children in cancer related medical trials far from home.

We’re making progress, but we’re committed to continuously stoking the flames that drive us toward a world in which cancer is no longer taking our loved ones away from us.

Together in Cures,

Amanda Haddock
President, Dragon Master Initiative

David Pearson, the inspiration for Dragon Master Initiative, made a commitment to help families thrust into a battle with cancer however he could, whenever he could and that’s what drives this organization. While a pediatric cancer diagnosis can have serious financial consequences, David believed in helping people in every way possible. As David once said to a friend, “Be a Giver, not a Getter.”