Thea’s Star of Hope, a Robbinsville, NJ non-profit donated $40,000 to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia brain tumor research efforts. The check was presented at Thea’s Star of Hope’s annual Awards Banquet and Auction at the Stone Terrace in Hamilton on Friday, November 18.
“We are proud to support the vital work done by our dear friends at CHOP and their work with the Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium (CBTTC),” said Trisha Danze, founder and President of Thea’s Star of Hope. “The collaborative genomic studies the CBTTC conducts with CHOP and other research institutions across the globe are leading to desperately needed treatments.”
Danze founded Thea’s Star of Hope in 2011 in honor of her daughter Thea, who has been on treatment for her brain tumor since 2007. Funds raised are directed through CHOP to the CBTTC’s low-grade glioma studies. Gliomas are the most common brain tumors in children, including Thea.
The banquet honored local contributors to the foundation, as well as Dr. Adam Resnick, from Resnick/Storm Lab at CHOP. Resnick, a foremost pediatric brain tumor researcher is Director and co-founder of the Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium (CBTTC).
There to receive the award was Resnick’s partner, Dr. Philip (Jay) Storm, chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Thea has a special connection to Dr. Storm, who has performed nine surgeries on her since she was 4 months old, and relished the chance to meet with him outside the operating room.