Chase After a Cure, a local nonprofit that raises money for children’s cancer research, is donating $125,000 to the Medical University of South Carolina’s Children’s Hospital following a gala fundraiser last weekend.

Part of the money will be used to buy a $30,000 machine that will help scientists at MUSC develop a drug to combat neuroblastoma, a type of cancer affecting children. About 700 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with neuroblastoma each year, said Dr. Jacqueline Kraveka, a pediatric oncologist leading neuroblastoma research efforts at MUSC.

Since the nonprofit’s first gala fundraiser in 2009, Chase After a Cure has raised about $415,000 for children’s cancer research.

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