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Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 12:01 am

PLATES FOR A CURE

 Cancer in kids is one of life’s cruelest realities, but folks in central Illinois are working to change that. Zoe Pramuk of Decatur successfully fought cancer with the help of Dr. Gregory Brandt, a pediatric doctor at SIU School of Medicine. Now Zoe and her mother, Jennifer Pramuk, are asking Illinoisans to help other kids beat cancer by getting a special license plate. The new “Curing Childhood Cancer” license plate design was revealed at SIU School of Medicine in January, but it will take 1,500 orders before production can begin. The new license plate features a gold ribbon – the international symbol for childhood cancer awareness – and multicolor lettering. For every plate purchased, $50 will go into the Curing Childhood Cancer Fund and be dispersed as grants to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Children’s Oncology Group to fund scientific cancer research. Jennifer Pramuk came up with the idea after Zoe beat cancer. “Our family was very lucky to get great treatment,” Pramuk said. “But we need to make sure that other families have access to cutting edge research and technology.”

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