Research grant named after Heroes for Hannah

Childhood cancer research charity The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is funding two years of medulloblastoma research in honor of six-year-old cancer patient Hannah Meeson from Cayman. 

Hannah has been battling anaplastic medulloblastoma, a fast growing high-grade tumor, since she was first diagnosed at age 4. At the moment, she is cancer free, and is spending time at home with her dog Peanut.  

“Even more exciting is that St. Baldrick’s has chosen to name grants after those supporters who have raised significant funds for the foundation, and have named a specific research grant in honor of Hannah Meeson,” said the little girl’s mother Gaylene. 

Mrs. Meeson said the “Heroes for Hannah Scholar’s Grant” was created to pay “tribute to her battle against brain cancer and her quest to raise awareness and funding for all childhood cancers.”  

Last year, the Heroes for Hannah shave event drew a crowd of hundreds and saw 35 people shave their heads to raise funds and awareness of childhood cancers. 

“The money our community raised at last year’s shave event is now funding a scholar’s grant for Dr. Eric Raabe, M.D, at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland,” said Mrs. Meeson. 

She further explained, “This is a two-year grant totaling $230,000 to support his research modeling high risk medulloblastoma using human neural stem cells.” 

According to the St. Baldrick’s website, the goal of this grant is “to develop accurate models of high-risk medulloblastoma for pre-clinical therapeutic testing,” and to “look for pathways that might be an Achilles heel for high-risk medulloblastoma.” 

So far, St. Baldrick’s has raised nearly $35.5 million towards childhood cancer research. 

The second annual Heroes for Hannah shave event will take place on Friday, Sept. 19, at The Wicket in Cricket Square. For more information or to donate to the charity, visit www.stbaldricks.org/events/heroesforhannah. 

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At a head shaving event last year in honor of Hannah Meeson, 35 people were sheared bald. A similar event will take place this year on Sept. 19. – PHOTO: JULIE CORSETTI, DEEP BLUE IMAGES

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