The Ty Louis Campbell Foundation is a nonprofit organization (EIN: 45-1858390) that funds innovative research and clinical trials specifically geared toward the treatment of the most aggressive childhood cancers. Our mission is to help fund the intelligence and technology that will improve long-term survival rates and minimize side-effects for children diagnosed with the deadliest cancers, while helping to care for families when their child is in treatment by providing financial assistance and uplifting experiences.
Our Reason: 1 out of 5 is just not good enough
Pediatric cancer is the number one cause of death by disease among children. It doesn’t discriminate. It happens at random sparing no ethnic group, socio-economic class or geographic region. There is no known cause or prevention for most childhood cancers. One out of five children diagnosed with cancer will not survive, and the average age of death is only eight years old. Take the average life expectancy in the United States of 78 years old and that’s 70 potential years of life lost for each child that succumbs to the disease.
Children with cancer are most often treated with the same exact chemotherapies that are administered to adults – but sometimes at higher, more toxic doses because children’s cells regenerate faster. In the past 20 years only three new cancer drugs have been approved that are specific for pediatric cancer, yet, the incidence of invasive pediatric cancers is up 29 percent over the course of those same 20 years.
Pediatric cancer patients are robbed of their childhood fighting this disease. Then, 65 percent of those who do survive more than five years suffer severe, long-term side effects as a result of the treatment they endured at such a young age. Ty Louis Campbell, for example, was unable to walk or play with his toys for two years – even when he was cancer free, because of how badly the treatment harmed his little body. He became paralyzed from head-to-toe and ultimately died in his parent’s arms after a valiant fight.
The reality of childhood cancer is simply too painful to imagine unless you’ve lived it. Increased awareness drives increased funding to support new medical research. There simply needs to be better treatment options for children.
For Ty, we will uncover better treatment options for children. Treatments that work without robbing children of their childhood. Until then, we ask you to do this in his honor…
Let your kids jump in muddy puddles whenever they want. Let them get wild with finger paints and glitter. Soon they'll be all grown up and see the dirty clothes and wet shoes as nothing but a nuisance. It's beautiful that children can find such joy in the simple things that we no longer appreciate as adults.