Non-Profit Group Raises Funds to Promote Vital Research
AUGUSTA, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CAM
a non-profit organization, has been established to fund medical research
into innovative therapies and cures for childhood brain cancer. The
non-profit group has been secured under The Community Foundation for the
Central Savannah River Area (www.cfcsra.org).
The Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that
acts as a catalyst to help focus local philanthropy on pressing and
changing community needs and receives funds on behalf of many different
FUND was founded by Terri and Mark Rettig to honor the memory of
their grandson, Caiden Ash Murray, who passed away in 2014. Caiden had a
large, malignant Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor (PNET). He died just
four days before his third birthday. Caiden had shown no symptoms of a
brain tumor. He displayed only flu-like symptoms just 12 hours before
the ambulance was called.
CAM FUND raises money through various events to support research into
all types of childhood brain cancers. The fundraisers scheduled include
a weekly breakfast sale and monthly pizza lunch at Molex, LLC in Auburn
Hills, MI, dinners, and a recent road rally in Rochester, MI. Also, the
First Annual Caiden’s Charity Golf Classic will take place next year,
Sept. 12, 2016, at the Woodside Country Club in Aiken, SC.
CAM FUND will provide ongoing financial support to doctors and
researchers at the Georgia Regents University Medical Center in Augusta
for their work in the area of immunotherapy.
The CAM FUND logo was inspired by “Mr. Lion,” a stuffed animal that was
Caiden’s constant companion. “We want to honor Caiden’s memory while
supporting innovative medical exploration that may help other children,”
said Terri Rettig. “We have met brilliant scientists who are doing
remarkable work in this field, and we will help them continue their
Donations to CAM FUND can be made by credit card at www.camfund.org
or by checks made payable to The Community Foundation for the CSRA, c/o
CAM FUND. Mail checks to: The Community Foundation for the CSRA, P.O.
Box 31358, Augusta, GA 30903. For more information, e-mail CAM FUND at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Community Foundation for the CSRA:
The foundation is a publicly supported 501(c)(3) charitable organization
that exists to maintain the charitable intent of donors making gifts,
allowing immediate and future tax benefits, and to act as a catalyst to
help focus local philanthropy on pressing and changing community needs.
The Foundation serves as administrator of a collection of gifts, large
and small, unrestricted and donor advised, given to enhance the quality
of life for the citizens of Richmond, Columbia, McDuffie and Burke
Counties in Georgia, and Aiken and Edgefield Counties in South Carolina.
Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor (PNET) describes tumors that occur
primarily in the cerebrum, but can spread to other parts of the brain
and spine. PNET’s are very rare and are thought to develop from
primitive (undifferentiated) nerve cells in the brain. PNET’s contain
underdeveloped brain cells, are highly malignant, and tend to spread
throughout the central nervous system.
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