Give Back MKE Live 2021: Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Fund

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When Becky Pinter, the current president of the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Fund, first volunteered to help the organization, she didn’t know what they did. She was a high school student, and a friend’s father who worked with the MACC Fund asked her to help.

“I was brought up to help and volunteer if I could,” Pinter says.

When she went to the fundraiser, she learned more about the Fund’s mission and realized how important it was.

The MACC Fund raises money for childhood cancer research – specifically for research hospitals in Wisconsin – with the eventual goal of finding a cure for childhood cancer and related blood disorders. The money helps fund innovative clinical trials and more.

The impact of such research has been massive in recent decades, as evidenced by the five-year survival rate for childhood cancers. When the MACC Fund was founded in 1976, the rate was 20%. It’s now over 80%, and some forms of leukemia are over 90%.

Photo courtesy of the MACC Fund

“The research doesn’t just stay in Southeastern Wisconsin,” Pinter says. “The entire world benefits from the excellent research we fund. A new medication found at Children’s [Wisconsin] can be used everywhere.”

After graduating from college, Pinter joined the the Women for MACC board, and when the position of president and CEO of the fund opened in 2007, she won the job. In the years since, she’s helped raise millions for childhood cancer research.

In 2019, the fund committed to give $25 million to Children’s Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin and $10 million to the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center.

“It’s such a blessing [for families] to see children be able to go to school, to go to homecoming, to graduate, to go to college, to get married, to have a family of their own,” Pinter says. “So many have been able to experience that because of what the MACC Fund has done, and the money that we’ve raised.”

What We Do:

  • The MACC Fund raises money for research on childhood cancer and related blood disorders, with the goal of finding a cure for childhood cancer.
  • Over 45 years, the fund has contributed over $70 million to childhood cancer research.

Where Your Money Goes:

  • 83% of all money raised by the MACC Fund goes directly to childhood cancer research. 25% of the MACC Fund’s annual income comes from individual and corporate donations, while 75% comes from fundraising events.

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