January 2018

2017 Roar Beyond Barriers Impact Report


In 2017, the Max Cure Foundation was able to disburse $68,290 in financial assistance through the Roar Beyond Barriers Program. This covered a total of 53 families across 11 states, especially in the states of Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio, the three of which made up 51% of the total population of the program. Of these funds, $1,050 was directly paid to families in emergency situations who requested help from our Emergency Grant Fund, which helps families in critical situations where utility service, rent, or other important bills require payment.  (more…)

Improving Childhood Cancer Survivorship by Monitoring and Detoxifying Metals

Dr. Maro OhanianIn the early part of 2017 the Max Cure Foundation, as a result of a grant provided by the RS Reynolds Foundation, made possible by Board Member Anne Robertson, provided an initial grant of $8,500.00 for Maro Ohanian, DO’s research at MD Anderson Cancer Center.  As 2017 came to a close, Max Cure, through our collaboration and partnership with Beth and Henry White, in the Washington, DC Metro area, in forming the Connor Fund through Max Cure provided a second grant of $25,000.00 to Dr. Ohanian and her team, and in addition, we helped foster an exciting collaboration.   (more…)

Max Cure’s Advocacy Efforts Against the Harmful Right to Try Legislation

The Max Cure Foundation’s advocacy efforts round out our three-prong mission and sometimes place members of our executive team at the forefront of the childhood cancer community on certain issues.  The pending legislation emotionally labeled as the Right to Try law that has been a string of individual bills introduced in Congress, and already the law in some states, is one such example of how Max Cure’s advocacy efforts are aimed at working to help children with cancer.   (more…)

Psychosocial Funding Makes an Impact to Support Child Life Services at Maimonides in New Jersey

Max Cure Foundation recently awarded a grant to Maimonides Medical Center as a stop-gap measure that, under our psychosocial grant program, ensures that Child Life Services and support groups are funded at the hospital. In 2017 Max Cure received a grant from Love Your Melon, which sells apparel with the intent to support pediatric cancer foundations with the profit generated by sales of high-quality and great looking knit hats and other accessories.

Part of our grant proposal was to support a psychosocial initiative at Maimonides Medical Center, a busy treatment facility in Brooklyn, which just recently needed to scale back psychosocial support to meet budget needs at the hospital. With input from the Social Work and Child Life Services departments, Max Cure was able to ensure that families will continue to receive emotional and programming support to help fight against the stresses that pediatric cancer treatment brings to the child and their family. Everyone at Max Cure is rooting for the families and staff at Maimonides Medical Center to have a great 2018 and find ways to bolster psychosocial support even further!


The Max Cure Foundation’s Aggressive Research Mission and Continued Legacy of Support for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Almost ten years ago, Max Plotkin sat anxiously in a small exam room at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center while his parents, Chairman and co-founder David Plotkin and mother Annemarie Plotkin waited to find out why Max’s arm looked the way it did on the x-ray securely attached to the light board.  When the dust settled, Max was treated at MSKCC for the rare diagnosis of B Cell Lymphoma of the bone.  Max’s cancer was the first pediatric case of its kind at MSKCC, and thankfully to the amazing treatment team, Max is now a ten-year survivor.  (more…)