In 1975, two-year old Brett Doucette was diagnosed with leukemia. Facing a five-year survival rate of 66%, Brett's odds of survival were slim.
On December 10, 1976, during Jon McGlocklin's retirement night from the Bucks, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (the MACC Fund) was born. Comprised of athletes, local business leaders, and local celebrities, the MACC Fund set out to make a difference by Giving Hope through Research to children with cancer. With advances in research, cure rates began to rise and community involvement began to spread. Special fundraising events multiplied and the amount of funding donated to childhood cancer research increased substantially.
In 1982, a special group of volunteers formed the Women for MACC organization. Hosting its own unique, annual special events, Women for MACC has raised over $4 million dollars towards the fight against childhood cancer and related blood disorders.
In 2008, the MACC Fund expanded its supported research to include related blood disorders. Treatments for childhood blood cancers have made tremendous advances; and in certain cases, could be used as effective therapies for some blood disorders.
Special events and cause-related marketing comprise about 75% of the MACC Fund's annual income. The MACC Fund has 4 full-time and 3 part-time staff who coordinate events throughout the year. Without an amazing, and ever-expanding, force of committed sponsors, sports teams, schools, groups, and individuals, the MACC Fund would not be able to provide the amount of research that it does. Volunteers, participants, and supporters dedicate their time, talent, and energy to battling childhood cancer and related blood disorders through a wide-range of fundraising events.
The other 25% of the MACC Fund's annual income comes from a wide variety of donations, corporate and workplace giving, planned giving, stock gifts, matching gifts, and through membership in the Hope Team.
The MACC Fund's first success story, Brett Doucette, beat the odds. Today, Brett is healthy and happily married.
Survival rates have dramatically increased since Brett was diagnosed in 1975. Research supported by the MACC Fund has played a significant role in helping to develop new cures and treatments. Over $42 million dollars has been contributed to childhood cancer and related blood disorder research.
The five-year survival rate for childhood cancer today is 80%. Not. Good. Enough.
The battle is far from over and we need your help. Help us cure the MACC Fund out of existence.
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