Only 4% of federal government cancer research funding goes to study pediatric cancer. In 2017 breast cancer received $545 million dollars of the 5 Billion dollar National Cancer Institute funding while is estimated that pediatric cancer received 4% of that budget or $200 million.
43 children per day or 15,780 children per year are expected to be diagnosed with cancer. That means that every 3 minutes a parent hears their child has cancer. Cancer is the number one cause of death by disease among children, mainly because there have only been 3 drugs developed since 1980. Comparably, 184 drugs have been developed for adults.
Sarcoma is an uncommon group of cancers that arise in the bones and connective tissue such as fat and muscle. In most cases, it’s not clear what causes sarcoma. Treatment may include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Campbell's sarcoma arose in the soft tissue in her calf.
Campbell created the SkiFast Foundation to help other kids with cancer. Diagnosed with CIC-DUX4 Sarcoma in 2017, she has been battling for three years. Her goal is to inspire other kids and provide them with financial support so they can pursue their dreams.
Bill has always been there for Campbell, even hosting her as a student in 8th grade for her first year at the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy. Bill graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1994.
Caitlin is 25 years old and a passionate skier and biker. She is always there for Campbell at appointments and at home. Her car is always repping childhood cancer awareness stickers! Caitlin is a 2016 Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy.
Gibby loves being with her kids and running the Sullivan Zoo which includes 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a bird. She is a native of Colorado and the mountains are her home. Although Gibby's background is in the Arts she feels like she has a Masters in Pediatric Cancer after three years of managing and supporting Campbell through her treatments. Gibby is very excited about the SkiFast Foundation Scholarships; whether you are part of a team or individual sport or pursuing an artistic passion, being able to stay involved is a key mental health advantage for any child or teen that has been diagnosed with cancer.
Jenn welcomed Campbell into her home for her 8th grade year of school. She drove Campbell to school almost everyday and has always been there for the Sullivan's since the beginning. She gracefully does all the work behind the scenes at SkiFast and keeps us running!
Kevin loves traveling, being with his family, and caring for his pet family of two dogs, a cat, and a bird. He attended the United States Air Force Academy and graduated with a masters from Stanford.