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Imagine Dragons Raises $1 Million for Pediatric Cancer

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On Friday, Las Vegas rock band Imagine Dragons helped raise $1 million to benefit the Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF).

Founded in 2013 by Imagine Dragons, the TRF works “to strengthen families financially and emotionally as they cope with the tragedy of a pediatric cancer diagnosis by offseting out-of-pocket life expenses.” It was named in honor of Tyler Robinson, a 16-year-old fan of Imagine Dragons who passed away from rhabdomyosarcoma in 2013.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 3 percent of all childhood cancers are rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), and about 350 new cases of it occur each year in the U.S. The foundation focuses on all pediatric cancers, as only 4 percent of federal government cancer research funding goes to children.

“The one million dollars raised will enable TRF to provide deep financial support to many more families struggling with a pediatric cancer diagnosis by taking away at least one worry — the financial worry,”  Kim Gradisher, executive director of TRF, told The Mighty. “TRF support enables these families to meet their financial obligations of healthcare bills, mortgages/rent, etc., so they may focus on caring for their child physically and focus on the emotional support the family needs as a whole.”

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“TRF demonstrates the influence music has in this world. We will continue to grow and will continue to ‘Slay Cancer With Dragons.’”

Photos courtesy of Imagine Dragons Facebook page 

Originally published: August 31, 2017
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