Rally Foundation empowers volunteers across the country to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures. Rally operates as "philanthropic seed investors in the next great discovery and utilizes a dual peer review process that supports research at all stages, from the initial idea to clinical trial."
By partnering with Rally, we will be able to provide much-needed support for critical research to find cures for childhood cancers. We also double our financial impact.
Spotlight on Our 2020 Funded Grants
Dr. Aniruddah Deshpande
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, La Jolla
Dr. Deshpande was a recipient of our grant in 2019 and again in 2020. His research focuses on developing more effective and safer therapies for childhood leukemia patients who have a specific chromosomal translocation (which Luke also had), making treatment more challenging. We actually met Dr. Deshpande and his colleagues in person. We toured his lab and were moved by his passion and grateful for the opportunity to see his work. Given the connection of his research to Luke's specific diagnosis, it was important for us to continue to work with him.
Dr. Carolyn Felix
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Dr. Felix is assessing the use of a drug called ribavirin as a new treatment for children with high-risk Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) – the type of leukemia that Luke battled. Dr. Felix hopes that a certain use or combination of ribavirin will inhibit the body’s production of a certain protein in children with AML that will allow doctors to use treatments that are less toxic to patients and more effective in treating AML.
Dr. Michelle Hermiston
The Regents of the University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Hermiston is developing a test for children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) that can identify whether he or she has the T-cell subtype that makes them less likely to respond to common ALL treatments. This test is different in that it can be done at the time of the patient’s first diagnosis so that the patient can explore alternative treatments and drug combinations much earlier.
Wilson High School Golf Team
Luke was an avid golfer and proud member of the Wilson High School Golf Team. In honor of Luke's passion for the game as well as his academic excellence, the Foundation will sponsor scholarships for graduating seniors.
Save Our Sick Kids Foundation
SOS Kids Foundation is an organization focused on outreach and education in support of sick children and their families struggling with secondary infections from compromised immune systems caused by cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
The Johnson family learned about the great work being done by SOS Kids through Luke’s infectious disease doctor, Dr. Tempe Chen, at Miller Children’s Hospital. Luke battled many infections due to a severely compromised immune system, which resulted from his chemotherapy. Without Dr. Chen’s close, personal dedication to treating Luke’s fungal infection, Luke may not have been able to receive his bone marrow transplant, providing a shot at remission and, ultimately, four more precious months with his family.
One in ten kids with cancer will die from an infection. Dr. Chen is passionate about finding improved treatments and the great work being done by Dr. Thomas Walsh and SOS Kids Foundation.