AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The MTK Foundation is taking another step in its mission to find a cure for pediatric cancer.
The foundation was formed in honor of Madison Knebusch, who passed away at 16 from a rare form of cancer, and has now joined forces with Texas Tech to help find answers so another family doesn't have to lose a child to cancer.
"We as the human race, have the ability to solve this problem," said Lee Knebusch, Executive Director of MTK Foundation.
Solving this problem is what the foundation has asked of Texas Tech by giving $10,000 to fund the first phase of a research study.
They realize this is a humble beginning, but say this is a big step for their commitment to the cause.
"I want to challenge the doctors and the scientists and the school as a whole, to take up this fight with fervor, so that hopefully at some point we can stand up and say, we found the cure," said Knebusch.
Knebusch said he promised his daughter he'd keep going and hopes putting the best brain power on pediatric cancer can make all the difference.
"I think that it would find her a sense of peace and a sense of gratitude that we're taking on this fight and that we're taking it on to the next step," said Knebusch. "Especially with Texas Tech because she loves Texas Tech. That's where she wanted to go to school."
Texas Tech said this research goes beyond battling to find a cure.
It hopes to help children who are survivors live to the best of their abilities.
"You may have a survivor, but they have their heart effected," said Dr. Smita Bhaskaran, Pediatric Hematologist Oncologist at Texas Tech. "They may be doing poorly in school, their cognition is really bad. So for those families, for those surviving families to know that yes my child can get better. Yes, there's somethings that will help us lead a completely normal life."
The MTK Foundation wants to make sure area families who have been affected by pediatric cancer know the fight isn't slowing down.
"Most of the other people I talked about today, they have other children," said Knebusch. "Heaven forbid, if one of them was to get sick with cancer, I would want them to know, the fight is on. We're trying to do what we can to try bring an end to this disease."
The MTK Foundation said no matter the price tag, they will find funding for whatever is needed to help in the fight against pediatric cancer.