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December 2023

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treatments and learn what work is being done, and what the people doing the work need to support their research and trials in addition to seeking alternative answers and solutions for Layla. A serendipitous meeting with Dr. Mariella Filbin, a pediatric neuro-oncologist at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, who recognized Mahoney's passion and direct approach to getting things done, led to an invitation for Mahoney to become part of a working group of like-minded oncologists, surgeons, researchers, and scientists connecting to make advancements in treating childhood brain cancers. "I said to them, 'Look, if I'm going to join, I will under one condition. I need to name you and brand you what you really are: superheroes,'" he says. e working group became Cancer Revengers. Disgusted to learn that just $4 of every $100 donated to cancer research is allocated to childhood cancers, Mahoney has made it his mission to advance support of research and therapies with promising potential to be real cures, a departure from the traditional methodologies that follow protocols prioritizing safety testing before any effectiveness can even be determined Focus philanthropy The Mahoney Family: Shawn and Mariel Mahoney with Layla and James Layla Mahoney << 52 DECEMBER 2023 RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE THE MAHONEY FAMILY: PHOTO BY VITALI RODRIGUEZ

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