Sisters on a Journey, a dinner benefitting the Catie Wilkins Memorial Fund at CURE Childhood Cancer, will be held on Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at Springfield United Methodist Church, 210 Cleveland St.
The primary purpose of the Catie Wilkins Memorial Fund is to fund clinical research that evaluates and treats the side effects, both acute and late effects, of treatment for childhood cancers, as well as other research that CURE is supporting for more effective and less toxic treatments for childhood cancers.
The fund is named for Catie Wilkins, firstborn child of Springfield’s Tre’ and Jenny Wilkins, who was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor, on her first birthday. Her treatments included 12 surgeries, four different chemotherapy protocols and six weeks of radiation. She battled cancer for three years and four months before succumbing to a common virus due to an immune system that was compromised because of chemotherapy.
“We lost our daughter to cancer, so it’s very important to us to work to raise money for research so that more and more children can beat this terrible disease,” Jenny Wilkins said. “It is our belief that one day there will be a cure. That can only happen when life-saving research is funded.”
Sisters on a Journey is in remembrance of Catie’s loving spirit and determination. Cost is $20 per person and proceeds will go to the Catie Wilkins Memorial Fund.
For more information about the dinner or to donate an auction item, contact Jenny Wilkins at (912) 658-6107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, visit www.curechildhoodcancer.org/named-funds/the-catie-wilkins-memorial-fund/ to learn more about the fund.