Cancer research in Tucson to get a much needed boost

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The battle against children's cancer in has a major fighter in its corner-- a grant worth $100,000.

The Steele Children's Research Center located in the University of Arizona Medical Center received the funding in a presentation this morning.

The $100,000 oversized check came from two sources. $75,000 was donated by Hyundai's "Heal on Wheels" program and $25,000 was donated by Southern Arizona car dealer Jim Click.

The oversized check was handed over this morning inside the hospital, at a ceremony where children, survivors of cancer, or current patients were present.

The grant will fund lab research as Dr. Lisa Kapp, M.D. studies amino acid therapy to defeat solid tumor cancers. The groundbreaking research would use the body's own immune system against the cancer cells.

After a year or two, doctors will know if the tests are successful and may be able to start treating patients in a clinical trial.

The doctors say private donations have dried up since the economy turned downward. They say today's $100,000 grant will have a critical impact for years to come.

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