SEATTLE, May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — The Pink Bandanas Junior Guild announced today, at the beginning of Brain Cancer Awareness month, that they have raised $100,000 for pediatric brain tumor research at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

The Pink Bandanas Guild is a group of 16-year-old girls who started fundraising in 2012 in honor of their friend, Sarah Mary Hughes, who lost her brave battle with a brain tumor at the age of 9. Their name comes from the bandanas Sarah wore when she was going through chemotherapy, usually in her favorite color pink.

«I am impressed and inspired by the commitment the Pink Bandanas Junior Guild have made in supporting pediatric brain tumor research,» said Aileen Kelly, executive director of the Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association, the largest all-volunteer hospital fundraising network in the nation. «The love these young ladies have for their dear friend Sarah shines through in all they do. We are beyond blessed by their involvement.»

The Pink Bandanas hand-cut and tie elastic ponytail holders which they sell at retail locations in Seattle and at a variety of special events. The girls, who share the bond of having been Sarah’s friends, now attend 6 different high schools in the city but come together regularly to fundraise.

«We want to make a difference so other kids won’t have to go through what Sarah went through,» said founding guild member Mackenzie Floyd. «Our goal is to raise money until there is a cure for pediatric brain tumors.»

«It is so cool to see that the money we have raised is supporting exciting new research,» said guild member Isabella Holmes. «Sarah’s doctor is conducting trials using scorpion venom to make tumors glow so they are easier to remove. There are also amazing results in clinical trials using the patient’s own immune system to fight their cancer instead of toxic chemotherapy.»

More than 4,000 children in the United States will be diagnosed with a brain tumor this year. Brain tumors are the deadliest form of childhood cancer. Pediatric cancer research receives only 3% of the National Cancer Institute budget.

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Media Contact: Lisa Crisera, Pink Bandanas Junior Guild, 206-355-7741, [email protected]

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