The Cause

About The Cause

Founded over 20 years ago, Rattle Me Bones has raised over $1M dollars for research in bone and soft tissue cancers. The most common type of primary bone/soft tissue cancer is sarcoma. There are many different types of sarcoma and they can all act quite differently. This means that we know very little about the best types of treatments for this particular type of cancer. There has been very little research dedicated to this rare form of cancer to date. That is why Rattle Me Bones is so important. 100% of the funds raised go towards bone/soft tissue cancer research. This research is done right here in Ottawa at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Rattle Me Bones is proudly presented to you by Valerie’s Flutter Foundation and the division of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Ottawa Hospital.

Where exactly are these funds going? All of the money raised stays here in Ottawa and is put towards valuable research being done at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). One of our featured researchers is Dr. Diallo and his research team at the OHRI. With the help of funds from Rattle Me Bones, Dr. Diallo’s research team is currently working to study and develop a treatment for cancer called oncolytic virus immunotherapy. Their research aims to enhance this highly promising form of therapy that helps the patient’s immune system to fight cancer. Dr. Diallo and his team are tailoring it so it can be used for the treatment of sarcoma, for which treatment options have not changed in over 20 years.

For more information on Dr. Diallo and his research, please visit: http://www.ohri.ca/profile/jdiallo/profile.

About The Organizers

Valerie’s Flutter Foundation

At the age of 19, Valérie Goneau was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Inspired by the numerous Terry Fox runs in which she and her family have participated, Valérie set out to create her own charity with the goal of raising funds and awareness for rare forms of cancer. Now, 8 years after losing her battle to cancer, Valérie’s Flutter Foundation continues to keep her dream alive and to have an impact on cancer research. In fact, the Foundation has raised over $400,000 for innovative
sarcoma research at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and CHEO. Valérie’s Flutter Foundation hosts several exciting fundraising events in Ottawa such as the popular Wine, Cheese & Casino night, the Flutter “Swing for Sarcoma” Charity Classic, and the Rattle Me Bones run.

University of Ottawa Department of Orthopedic Surgery

The University of Ottawa’s Division of Orthopaedic Surgery has 39 surgeons, 32 of whom are involved with adult orthopaedics and six of whom are dedicated to paediatric orthopaedics at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). The faculty members of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery perform more than 10,000 operations annually. Our surgeons strive to foster a climate of creative learning and innovative research so as to continually enhance the quality of care that we deliver. The Division of
Orthopaedic Surgery is dedicated to being a model for excellence in musculoskeletal care and education as well as a leader in clinical outcomes and basic science research from childhood through adulthood.