Fifty-years ago a child diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia or the most common type of childhood cancer, had less than a 2 percent chance of surviving.
Today that same child has as much as a 90 percent chance to survive.
Dr. Charles Main, Section Head, Pediatric Hematology & Oncology, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, has treated children during the half-century span.
He explains to Fox 2's Deena Centofanti what has changed in medical community during his time as a physician and why treatment is so much better today. Play the video in the player
He also has started a scholarship fund to help kids who fallen behind at school gain a better chance to get their 'full' life BACK.
This is where you come in. If you want to help with the good doctor's mission, there's an event on April 20 called "Stars Guitars.'
'Stars Guitars' auction and concert benefits kids after cancer
Saturday, April 20 @ 6pm
Performing Arts Center in Dearborn
Signed Guitars and concert by the Little River Band
The fund's purpose is to assist young cancer survivors to pursue advanced education. A total of 37 students are receiving scholarships this year.
If you love music, check out the list of guitars available for auction:
Zac Brown Band
Country Hoe Down 2012
Escape The Fate
Hall & Oates
Hoe Down 2012
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Mitch Ryder (Guitar)
Mitch Ryder (Tambourine)
The Guess Who
Was (Not Was)
More on why this is such a great event and Fox 2's Huel Perkins is the host:
"I wanted to encourage my young patients to overcome their health issues and strive to reach their full potential as they battle through the darkness of a devastating disease like cancer," says Dr. Main. "Seeing these fantastic kids, who have been through so much, have this opportunity to shine is rewarding."
For many young patients and their families, just knowing that there is life after cancer with educational opportunities and a bright future ahead of them provides the inspiration they need to get through the frightening and difficult days. Since the inception of the program in 1992, more than 150 students have been awarded more than $850,000 in scholarship money.
The Charles A. Main, M.D. Pediatric Cancer Survivor Scholarship Fund was expanded five years ago to include medical grants to address and care for the late effects of the very treatments that saved the lives of these children. Common long-term side effects of cancer treatment include cardiac and respiratory issues, vision and hearing problems, delayed growth and development and learning disabilities, all of which need follow-up care. Medical grants to Beaumont's Late Effects Clinic are provided for those young people who have survived cancer but do not qualify for medical insurance due to pre-existing conditions.
Currently one in every 1,000 eighteen year olds is a survivor of cancer.
From the staff at Fox 2: Congratulations on your retirement Dr. Main, enjoy!!