Charity

The 11th International Risotto Festival is proud to support Pediatric Cancer Research.

This year’s Risotto Festival will benefit The Scarlett Fund for Pediatric Cancer Research.  This fund was founded by Jennifer & Robert James to support and to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research in honor of their 8 year old daughter, Scarlett James, diagnosed with T Cell Lymphoma, a rare form of pediatric cancer.  Aware of the sacrifices children and their families had made before them to make Scarlett's treatment possible, the James Family is inspired to help children that follow behind Scarlett with the hope that their treatment is less lengthy, less intense and less toxic.   The money raised is being used to research novel targeted therapies which have great potential.  Because these therapies target cancer cells, they reduce toxicity to healthy tissues and decrease long terms side effects. This is especially important for growing children. As the world’s oldest and largest private institution devoted to prevention, patient care, research, and education in cancer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) treats more children and young adults with cancer daily than any other institution in the world. MSK brings together laboratory inves­tigators and clinicians from different disciplines, as well as other leading institutions, including MD Anderson Cancer Center, to advance the current understanding of tumor biology and explore new ways to cure, control, and prevent disease. The Scarlett Fund directly supports research at MSK for more effective and less toxic treatments for pediatric cancer.