Local leukemia foundation has raised $750K for cure

DULUTH -- A Duluth-based leukemia foundation has now donated a total of $750,000 to researchers working to find a cure.

The When Everyone Survives Foundation recently announced $50,000 grants sent to doctors in Pennsylvania and Michigan, as well as $25,000 to Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute. Those grant checks bring the foundation's research funding total to $750,000 in just six funding cycles.

"It is indeed gratifying to fund these researchers each year," founder and president W.E. Smith said. "It is through the generosity and support of many that we are able to do so, but there is more to do until we find a cure for leukemia and the day when everyone survives."

The When Everyone Survives Foundation was founded by Smith and his family after 22-year-old son Wes succumbed to leukemia in 2005. The foundation's primary purpose is collecting and distributing funds for research on the disease.

The most recent grants were sent to Dr. Shannon L. Maude of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Dr. Jean-Francois Rual of the University of Michigan Health System. Both doctors' projects were deemed "innovative and potentially curative," Smith said.

For more information, visit wheneveryonesurvives.org.