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06/06/17
CNCF wouldn’t have the impact it does without the service of an advisory board that’s as committed to the cause as all of you are. Meet some of its stellar members.

“CNCF is one of the longest-running foundations dedicated to the battle for patients and their families affected by neuroblastoma.”  —Dr. Nai-Kong V. Cheung

Dr. Nai-Kong V. Cheung holds the Enid A. Haupt Chair in pediatric oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. His clinical and research focus is on immunologic approaches for diagnosing and treating pediatric cancers.

This is a doctor that any family would want fighting for a child with neuroblastoma.

Dr. Cheung received his MD degree, as well as PhD degree in immunology, from Harvard Medical School, where he studied suppressor T cells and B cell tolerance under the mentorship of Dr. Baruj Benacerraf, the 1980 Nobel laureate in medicine. Since completing training in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Cheung has devoted his career to translational science, with a clinical focus on neuroblastoma and a research focus on antibody-based therapies.

In nearly three decades at Sloan Kettering, he has developed from bench to bedside several monoclonal antibodies, including 3F8 specific for ganglioside GD2, and 8H9 specific for B7-H3. For high-risk metastatic neuroblastoma, patient survival has steadily improved as 3F8 was successfully applied to eradicate bone marrow metastases, and 8H9 to salvage central nervous system relapse.

Dr. Cheung’s life-saving pioneer work has benefited our children battling neuroblastoma. He also has a unique perspective in fighting for children with other hard-to-cure solid tumors.

He joined CNCF not long after crossing paths with CNCF founder Pat Tallungan.

“I met Pat on September 15, 2000, at the testimonial hearing for Congressional Awareness Working Group in Washington, D.C., where she spoke from her heart,” Dr. Cheung said. “I could almost feel her pain losing her son Nick. As a mother in grief, she was not alone. And with grit, she fought back and nurtured a foundation that has now helped thousands of families, directly or indirectly. I salute you, Pat, for doing the near impossible.”

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