#KatherinetheBrave #runforDIPG #HRes586 #LosAngeles
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June 7, 2016 Los Angeles CA–Today the Angel Runner hits the pavement of downtown Los Angeles in memory of Katie King, aka Katherine the Brave, a little 7-yr old girl from Placentia who, sadly, succumbed to DIPG last evening 6/6/2016 around 7:30pm in her home, surrounded by those who loved her. Her case was extraordinary and extremely valuable to public awareness in that her mother, Jaime King, was insistent upon sharing the details of their journey with DIPG, the deadliest pediatric brain tumor, responsible for 80% pediatric brain tumor deaths, on Facebook publicly.
With the hope of further amplifying their message, Jack’s Angels Runner will be carrying signs today in protest of the current medical research system in its neglect of those most needing of solutions, children with brain tumors, for some 50 years. Neil Armstrong’s daughter died of DIPG in 1962; treatment has changed little, and prognosis remains invariably terminal. With uncanny regularity, parents are expected to accept that their children’s lives are too few to matter to our medical research system, which is guided, unfortunately, first by profits on selling drugs to the masses rather than saving lives and curing cancer—more of an idealist afterthought rather than the reality people experience. The run carries a large sign which protest the current system and asks people to visit HRes586.com, a page on Jack’s Angels Foundation’s website which gives directions for supporting the new awareness bill, HRes586. HRes586 was introduced by Steve Knight (R-CA-25) to the House of Representatives 1/13/2016; it asks for more consideration for the deadliest cancers and for children with the National Cancer Institute research grant process. The run also begs the question, “who will stand up for these children?” Inquiring voters in the childhood cancer community would like to know.
The protest run begins with a visit to Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral for candle lighting and prayer and passes by LA City Hall. The run proceeds down to Placentia some thirty miles or more with the hope of leaving a flower and prayer at the doorstep of the bereaved family. The runner has never gone that far, so there may be a bus-break to keep the run at marathon length, which would also be a first for activist runner Janet Demeter Jack’s Angels Foundation in Santa Clarita, CA. The route below does not show the finish or list the address in Placentia, out of respect for the family’s privacy at this difficult time. For more information about Katie’s journey, visit her Facebook page at:www.facebook.com/KatherineTheBrave/ For more information about HRes586, a local triumph for childhood cancer awareness needing your support, visit: http://hres586.com. Jack’s Angels Foundation site is www.jacksangels.org.
All interested in having a voice in Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative are invited to attend the Cancer Moonshot Regional Summit for Los Angeles on June 29, 2016 from 9am-1pm at The Masters College, 21726 Placerita Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91321. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/538412273035079/, or call Jack’s Angels Foundation at 661-977-3125.
Staff, Jack’s Angels Foundation, 32520 Wagon Wheel Rd., Santa Clarita, CA 91390; 661-977-3125, 818-400-2724 mobile; @JacksAngels1 / [email protected]