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Natalie’s A.R.T. Foundation

While attending The Accelerent Breakfast Event at Ritz Charles on Wednesday, I was moved by the story of 8 year old Natalie and Natalie’s A.R.T Foundation. Natalie was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood brain cancer, DIPG – Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma.

About Natalie

  • Natalie was born in 2004
  • She loved art and had amazing creativity
  • Was a great friend to everyone
  • In August 2012, she was diagnosed with cancer
  • She taught everyone how to maintain hope in the face of adversity
  • She gave 110% in everything she did
  • Natalie earned her Angel Wings on May 8, 2013

Facts

  • Cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease among children
  • 1 out of 285 children are diagnosed with cancer every year
  • There is no survival rate for DIPG victims
  • DIPG is inoperable due to its location in the brainstem
  • The average life expectancy for a child diagnosed with DIPG is 9 months and less than 10% survive 2 years

Natalie’s A.R.T. Foundation

  • Natalie’s family wanted to raise awareness of DIPG and aid funding for research and treatment methods with the hope of finding a cure
  • They host events to raise funds for research for a cure – 3rd Annual 5K and Fun Run is Saturday, September 3rd
  • Since the foundation’s inception in December 2013, they have raised more than $100,000 towards advancing its mission
  • Natalie’s memory is honored by Raising Awareness, Funding Research and Improving the Treatment experience for children battling cancer, as well as their families

For more information, to sign up for the Fun Run or to donate, visit www.NataliesART.org, P.O. Box 25624, Overland Park, KS 66225.

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