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Posted: Thursday, November 4, 2010 2:00 pm

Young Christopher Grimes, a 5-year-old from Stowe, will be honored at the Party at the Barn on Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Shelburne Farms Coach Barn.
The event is a fundraiser for the Neuroblastoma Alliance, a local nonprofit group that supports childhood cancer research being spearheaded at the Vermont Cancer Center.
Christopher Grimes is battling neuroblastoma. Members of the Grimes family are expected to speak at the Shelburne Farms event.
The alliance is helping to finance innovative research and trials being conducted by Dr. Giselle Sholler, a Charlotte resident, at the University of Vermont. Her work recently earned a $100,000 grant from Hyundai’s “Hope on Wheels” program.
Children who relapse after initial treatment for neuroblastoma are generally considered untreatable. Sholler and her collaborators are changing that conclusion, giving hope and more high-quality time to the children and their families.
Many children in the national trials led by the Vermont Cancer Center are now disease-free. The program tries to move new treatments from the lab to the children as quickly and safely as possible. 
The evening includes music, live and silent auctions, and appetizers and desserts prepared by local chefs. Tickets are available at www.nballiance.org; suggested donation is $50.
Featured auction items include:
• A chance to throw out the first pitch at a Boston Red Sox game, plus two tickets to the game and a night at the Boston Marriott.  
• A week’s stay in Paris.
• Dinner for eight at Café Shelburne.
• A weekend ski package to the Stowehof, the Stowe inn owned by the Grimes family.
• A weekend spa package at Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa in Stowe.
• Two JetBlue Airways tickets to a destination of your choice.
• A dinner party prepared by chef Sevie Cartularo.
Last year’s party, the first, raised more than $15,000, and other efforts brought in more than $300,000 during the year, helping to fund four new clinical trials opened by the University of Vermont neuroblastoma team and its consortium of hospitals around the country.
Christoper Grimes was diagnosed with stage-four neuroblastoma in September 2009, when he was 4 years old. Children with neuroblastoma are given a 30 percent chance of survival.
In the past year, Christopher has gone through eight rounds of chemotherapy, surgery to remove the primary tumor, an unplanned surgery for a bowel obstruction, two stem-cell transplants that involved month-long hospital stays, and 20 rounds of radiation. 
He is now going through antibody treatment, a painful therapy that attacks the nerve cells and kills off remaining neuroblastoma cells. That’s likely to continue into December.
The Neuroblastoma Alliance is run entirely by volunteers, ensuring that nearly all the money it raises goes directly to Sholler’s research program and the consortium’s clinical trials. 
Information: vermontcancer.org.

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