DENVER- It is staggering to think that one in every 330 kids in the United States is diagnosed with cancer every year.
It is equally upsetting to hear research into pediatric cancers is underfunded.
It is uplifting to see the tireless determination of the Adams family of Denver to change that.
Steven Adams, the father of a little girl named Morgan, would always say he hated cancer.
Morgan was 5 when she was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Multiforme brain tumor. At Children's Hospital Colorado, Morgan powered through three surgeries, many rounds of chemotherapy and all sorts of other treatments a young child should not have to endure.
Morgan toughed it out and started first grade as a happy and healthy little girl. Months later, doctors told her parents the cancer returned.
Morgan died at the age of 6 in 1998.
Morgan's parents Joan Slaughter and Steven Adams turned their grief into a passion to ending childhood cancers. Through various annual fundraisers, the Morgan Adams Foundation has raised well over $2.5 million to fund pediatric cancer research.
One of the premiere events for the Morgan Adams Foundation is Saturday.
ARTMA is a unique art auction where there is something that appeals to every taste. The highly-anticipated event features 200 pieces of art and draws about 1,000 guests .
ARTMA is this Saturday at the First Bank Center in Broomfield. Doors open at 6 p.m.
The ARTMA website features the art that will be available Saturday. Tickets can also be purchased ahead of time: http://artmaonline.org/artma/index.htm.
This ARTMA will be a special evening because it will also celebrate the life of Morgan's dad, Steven who died after his own battle with cancer in September.
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