The Macy Easom Cancer Research Foundation was founded in March 2012 in memory of Macy Easom, a four-year-old girl diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a pediatric cancer of the liver, who passed away at the age of five.
Out of the top 10 causes of childhood cancer mortality, hepatoblastoma is the least researched. Only a few research laboratories exist, and none are located in the United States.
With the goal of finding a cure for hepatoblastoma and other pediatric cancers, Macy’s family formed the foundation and partnered with two world-renowned doctors, Stefano Cairo, Ph.D., human geneticist and Charles Keller, M.D., board-certified pediatric oncologist.
The foundation’s focus is to fund the research needed to increase the survival rate of children diagnosed with pediatric cancer each year, and to ultimately raise enough funds to build a pediatric cancer research center in the Southeast United States.