This is my second year doing the Malibu Nautica Triathlon to benefit the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. This year I'm completing the Olympic distance triathlon Saturday, and the Sprint distance swim on Sunday as part of a relay team with my friend, Lara Weberling, carrying the run/bike portion. It's in honor of Lara's son, Hans Weberling, that I joined the team last year, and am completing the triathlon again this year. Hans was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma when he just 3 years old, and battled it for 6 years before succumbing to the disease in 2012. Lara has done the triathlon herself since 2015 and it's especially personal since Hans was treated at CHLA, the sole beneficiary of the triathlon's fundraising.
Pediatric cancer research receives just 4% of federal cancer research money, so private fundraising like the Malibu Triathlon is absolutely critical. One in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer, and cancer is the leading disease-cause of death in children in the United States. Despite its prevalence, pediatric cancer research is consistently and grossly underfunded. It costs about $25,000 to put one child through a clinical trial, and about $40,000 for a hospital stay for a child with cancer. Due to the alarmingly low amount spent on pediatric cancer research, since 1980 only seven drugs have been approved for use in childhood cancer patients.
I'm asking you to make a donation to benefit the CHLA's pediatric cancer research program and support children and their families going through the unimaginable.