SEATTLE - Seahawks star quarterback Russell Wilson raised the "Strong Against Cancer" flag on top of the Space Needle on Sunday to kick off Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September.
The Seattle Children's Hospital says more than 10,000 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer this year, yet pediatric cancers receive less than 3 percent of the National Cancer Institute budget for research.
Wilson, who serves as Strong Against Cancer's team captain through his Why Not You Foundation, hoisted the flag to raise awareness of a potentially game-changing therapy being tested at Seattle Children's.
T-cell immunotherapy clinical trials are underway at the hospital, which harness the power of a child's own immune system to seek and destroy cancer. The trials are funded in part by the national philanthropic initiative, Strong Against Cancer, which aims to put an end to pediatric cancer with the support of the community.