Charlie Porter Research Grant

The Charlie Porter Research Grant was created by twilight and rasied $80,000 for UofM research scientists to support promising new research relating to the etiology, treatment and cure of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in children; the grant was awared in 2012.

Charlie Porter's Story

Charles Eldon Porter, "Charlie" was born June 17, 2004: 8 lbs 13 oz., 21 inches long and was a perfect, healthy little baby. On January 3, 2006, however, he was diagnosed with AML, Acute Myeloid Leukemia and was admitted to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, TN. He went through five rounds of chemotherapy ending in June of 2006. After almost seven full months in the hospital he was released in July 2006 and was a happy, healthy 2-year-old. On December 28, 2006 Charlie relapsed and was readmitted to inpatient care. He went through another difficult chemotherapy regimen to prepare him for a bone marrow transplant. On March 16, he received a bone marrow transplant from an anonymous, matched donor through a national registry. All was going to plan until he got severe graft-versus-host disease that did not respond to steroids. He was admitted back to the hospital and spent two more months in the hospital trying to fight. Charlie passed away on June 28, 2007. He had just turned 3 years old.

Funding and Requirements

With the guidance of our distinguished Medical Advisory Board, The Twilight Foundation invited proposals for innovative new research projects. The Medical Board reviewed applications and recommended the most promising projects to the Twilight Board of Directors. We carefully monitored each grant allocation. All funds that were used by the receiving institution were allocated according to the Twilight Foundation’s directives.

How the Charlie Porter Research Grant Worked

1. Any doctor who was at the Ph.D., D.O. or MD level who was involved in innovative research toward finding the causes and cure for Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in children could apply.
2. Each application was then reviewed by our Medical Advisory Committee.

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