Kiewit is proud to sponsor its tenth 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 fully funding Dr. Ranjit Bindra of Yale University's rhabdomyosarcoma research under CureSearch's Young Investigator Program. Thanks to donors like you, Dr. Bindra has a grant which enables him to continue his work for the next three years. This is an achievement in a climate where funding has become more and more difficult to get. In addition, our Jacob Koenigs Memorial Fund supports CureSearch Acceleration Initiative researchers, who work in getting drugs to clinical trials within three years of their grant.
Through the generosity of Kiewit's employees, their spouses, friends, relatives, and our gracious business partners, over $1,900,000 has been raised for CureSearch. This year we expect to exceed the $2,000,000 plateau. We could hardly have imagined ten 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.