Chords2Cure is a non-profit organization benefiting pediatric cancer research. C2C was created by a few compassionate Crossroads School students and their families when their friend, Jaxon Blumenthal (now 15) was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma (liver cancer) in 2013. Jaxon underwent 6 grueling rounds of chemotherapy, a liver transplant and a lung resection. During the course of his treatment, he met fellow cancer warrior, Mafalda von Alvensleben (now 18), who was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma (bone cancer). Over the course of 9 months, Mafalda was treated with 17 rounds of chemotherapy, 20 days of radiation, and a femur bone replacement surgery. Jax and Mafalda became fast friends and quickly realized they had three things in common; their love for music, they both went to Crossroads, and both had the same oncologist, Dr. Noah Federman at UCLA.
One of Chords2Cure founders, Juliette Pegula (now 16 and also a Crossroads student) was determined to make a difference for kids like Jax and Mafalda after realizing that pediatric cancer research receives just 4% of all government funds for cancer research; leaving 96% funding for adult cancers. The treatments Jaxon and Mafalda received were over 30 years old and there have been NO new chemotherapy drugs or treatments for either of their cancers. This was astonishing!
Juliette knew in her heart that she needed to do something, so together with a few friends, parents, numerous talented musicians and dozens of hardworking volunteers, Chords2Cure was born! To date, C2C has produced three fantastic concert events to raise funds for Dr. Federman’s research. In addition to the amazing student performers, we’ve also had incredible guest stars like Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Foo Fighters’ Chris Shiflett and the OneRepublic band.