On April 18, the Pounding For Parker Foundation proudly presented Dr. Chad Jacobsen and Dr. David Gass of Levine Children’s Hospital with a check for $100,000 in support of the hospital’s neuro-oncology and brain tumor survivorship programs.

The Foundation’s namesake – Parker Cowherd – and his parents, Allison and Jon, have turned their own experience with Parker’s cancer diagnosis in 2015 into an opportunity to raise funds for survivorship, wellness, and neuro-oncology support programs for childhood cancer patients and survivors. His parents are acutely aware that a child’s “battle with cancer doesn’t stop once the disease enters remission or is stabilized,” says Allison.

The Foundation’s fundraising is focused on survivor wellness and addressing the potential late-effects of chemotherapy among children who, in some cases, may be several years out from their initial treatments. The $100,000 grant will also specifically fund a new staff position to assist with monitoring any abnormal signs, making referrals to other physicians, and family counseling.

On behalf of Levine Children’s Hospital, we are grateful to the Cowherd family and the Pounding For Parker Foundation for advancing this special form of patient care that will make a significant difference in the lives of patients and survivors for years to come. Learn more about the Pounding For Parker Foundation here.