Saturday June 17, 2023, under a bright sun in the green setting of the castle of Dampierre-en-Yvelines, more than 230 drivers of sports and vintage cars gathered for the 7th Parisian edition of the Rallye du Coeur. Like every year, the big-hearted drivers of the first charity rally in France drove to accelerate the fight against pediatric cancers. Indeed, each driver taking part in this automobile event sponsors a child and raises funds.
In total, thanks to their exceptional mobilization, the generosity of the drivers, their donors, partners and sponsors, a check for €309,700 was given to the association. “A new record edition for the Rallye du Coeur de Paris which continues to grow and accelerate research against childhood cancer alongside Imagine for Margo” Geoffroy de Susbielle.
For Patricia Blanc, “every year, this wonderful event gives a real boost to research and brings many smiles to the children and teenagers who fight against this scourge. The founding President of the association continues “this superb sum will make it possible, this year, to finance the CoBioRB research project and well-being operations helping the little warriors and their families to fight against the disease. A huge thank you to Geoffroy de Susbielle, Ismaël Vukovic and all the partners and pilots of the event who allow us to drive, even faster, towards a world with children without cancer. A thank you also to our godmother who once again accompanied us for this event. It is by continuing to mobilize together that we will win this fight for life. GO, DRIVE, WIN! “.
The Director of the event concluded by “this year again, all the partners and the crews have done a colossal job of collecting donations to present this superb check. Thanks to them ! Thank you also to the National Gendarmerie who did us the honor of giving us the check by helicopter. Finally, like last year, we were welcomed in this setting that is the Domaine de Dampierre-en-Yvelines. Under a radiant sun, the day could only be beautiful. The financial result and the smiles of the children present and their families did the rest… Can’t wait for 2024 for a new solidarity edition! “.
RALLYE DU COEUR PARIS: 100% OF THE FUNDS COLLECTED BY THE DRIVERS WILL FUND RESEARCH AND THE WELL-BEING OF CHILDREN WITH CANCER
This superb check, deposited by the helicopter of the Fench National Gendarmerie, will support the CoBioRB research project. The latter aims at identifying genetic biomarkers to improve risk-stratified treatment in retinoblastoma. The main challenge is to identify children at risk of metastasis. Risk stratification is essential to reduce treatment and minimize late toxicity in low-risk children, while allowing intensification of treatment for higher-risk children.
In this project, the genetic and genomic characteristics of retinoblastoma subtypes will be characterized in order to identify biomarkers for the treatment of metastases. The results will be correlated with the clinical course. These biomarkers could help identify patients at risk of metastasis to reduce late effects of treatment in others.
At the same time, “well-being” projects for children and adolescents will also be financed by the association via the funds collected during this event. Indeed, the Rallye du Coeur will also finance a year of plastic arts for the children of the Gustave-Roussy insitute and the renovation of the living room for the parents of the Robert-Debré hospital.