The Blast was started to honor the promise Alexa Sankary made to her friend, Michael Mancuso, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the age of 4. Before he passed away at the age of 7, she promised him she would help find a cure for the children still suffering from this rare and aggressive form of cancer.

Twelve years have passed and The Blast has turned into a wonderful community event honoring Michael’s memory and celebrating the courage and strength of all the children and families affected by neuroblastoma at Cook Children's.

If we had one wish, it would be that no child would ever have to experience cancer. That is why we're asking you to join forces with Cook Children's oncologists, researchers, patients and families to help make that wish come true.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The funds raised during these 30 days will support life-saving research, treatments, technology and programs for patients and families at Cook Children's. While The Blast will take place on March 23, 2019, help us continue to create hope for kids, families and caregivers who are fighting every day to #erasekidcancer.