Genesis of a fundraiser.
For five years Errol McDowell, 17, has been fighting a grueling type of brain cancer known as Medulloblastoma. The McDowell family became a reluctant witness to the scourge that is pediatric cancer, realizing swiftly how little actual funding was designated to pediatric cancer verses adult cancer (4% vs 96%). The eldest of the McDowell family’s 3 boys, Errol was the catalyst for Canceragogo, when he suggested to his father, Rider McDowell, that they start a charity to support immunotherapy and other pediatric cancer therapies by asking for $1 from every American, and hence Canceragogo was born. The charity, which is 501C3 approved, has raised over $300,000 and counting. The McDowell have personally funded research about the country and set up a Charitable Trust to fund medical research. And father Rider McDowell, a former investigative reporter, has spent the past 5 years researching nascent cancer therapies, meeting with researchers and scientists about the world in search of a cure. Each inspiring bit of research data spurred him on to learn more and more. An early observation was the sheer potential for cures that existed, but were in a kind of limbo, awaiting funding to initiate clinical trials. McDowell learned that cancer researchers, at even the most prestigious institutions, depend largely on the NIH (National Institute of Health), a government funded agency that funds a mere 6% of all grants requests, due to budget constraints. That meant that 94% of all grant requests were being denied. It also surprised McDowell how many of these brilliant scientists and doctors were not privy to the research and breakthroughs of their colleagues at fellow institutions.
Cancer-A-Gogo was conceived to ensure that these same scientists could receive immediate funding to pursue their clinical trials and research. It was also started to create a place for researchers to learn from their peers in the immunotherapy and gene therapy cancer research world, by virtue of their inclusion in the transparent Cancer-A-Gogo forum.