ORLANDO, Fla., June 11, 2016 – Cannonball Kids’ cancer (CKc) is providing options for children under three to be able to participate in pediatric cancer research trials by funding the “Emmi-Grace Applesauce Trial”, led by Dr. Theodore Johnson at Augusta University, Georgia Cancer Center. Currently, children under three years of age are ineligible to participate in research trials because they are unable to swallow the pills needed to administer the medication. This novel study will test the efficacy of the trial drug given via applesauce comparatively to swallowing the drug. Dr. Johnson is hoping the results will show that whether the pill is swallowed whole or mixed as a powder into applesauce the drug will have the same efficacy and will allow for FDA approval for the drug to be administered in this new way, which could be a game changer for younger children. The Emmi-Grace Applesauce trial is another arm to a trial CKc helped fund which tests a first-of-its-kind immunotherapy treatment for pediatric brain cancer. Dr. Johnson also serves as the primary investigator of this trial. The Applesauce Study was named after Emmi-Grace Angel, of Tampa, Fla., who died from ATRT, a terminal-upon-diagnosis brain cancer, at just five months old. She was unable to qualify for a trial due to her age. Dr. Johnson and CKc are determined to find a solution so no child is rejected from receiving potentially life-saving treatment because they can’t swallow the trial pills.
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