Kiewit is proud to sponsor its thirteenth annual Jakefest fundraiser to benefit CureSearch for Children's Cancer.
Jakefest honors the memory of Jacob "Jake" Koenigs, the son of Robin and Harry Koenigs, part of our Kiewit family. Jake passed away after a heroic fight with rhabdomyosarcoma, the most common soft tissue sarcoma in children.
Kiewit has partnered with CureSearch because they support research that targets children's cancer. Conventionally, pharmaceutical research and development is geared to commercially expedient cancer treatments for adult physiologies. These adult treatments are then adapted for children; this is not acceptable. CureSearch funds research that specifically addresses cancer treatments for the unique physiology of children.
Jakefest is funding Dr. Andrew Kung at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, an Acceleration Initiative awardee. Over the last two decades, high-risk sarcoma survival has remained unchanged; the Kung lab is using information from tumors collected from sarcoma patients to determine new treatment targets that will work universally in sarcomas of many types.
Kiewit funds continue to support Dr. Ranjit Bindra at Yale University, this time in the clinic via the Inaugural Catapult Award. Dr. Bindra is performing a clinical trial to see if the addition of a new drug to standard brain cancer therapy can reduce the amount of chemotherapy required for treatment.
Through the generosity of Kiewit's employees, their spouses, friends, relatives, and our gracious business partners, over $3,000,000 has been raised for CureSearch. We could hardly have imagined twelve years ago the outpouring of goodwill this event has brought. On behalf of the Koenigs family, CureSearch and Kiewit, thank you for your generosity and participation in this meaningful event.
For more information on how to make a donation or to participate in this year's Jakefest, click on the icon to the right.
Read about our record breaking fundraising efforts in 2018.