On April 30, 2017, 15 short months after his diagnosis, a remarkable young boy, Chase Balay, was lost to an inoperable and incurable brain tumor called Gliomatosis Cerebri. There is not one treatment which has effectively killed this tumor ever, even though it was named 100 years ago.
Brain cancer is the leading cause of pediatric cancer deaths, and now takes almost one third of the precious children stolen by cancer. Chase gave the most generous gift of his brain and spine to the lab at Weill Cornell, where his neurosurgeon Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield and his colleagues spend their days researching for the cure. Chase’s cell line has been immortalized there, and continues to educate these dedicated scientists about how this evil tumor works.
The CBTFF (Children’s Brain Tumor Family Foundation) was formed by families affected by pediatric brain tumors to fund raise specifically for this lab and their efforts. All money is directed to them to find a way to use precision medicine and immunotherapy to eradicate inoperable pediatric brain tumors. Please help find the missing puzzle piece, so that no more kids have to suffer and be stolen from their families.
Please honor Chase by giving what you can. Help his life save many.
-Written By: Julie Balay (Chase's Mom), 2018