Great opportunities exist where great need meets great
ability. When Al Thrasher endowed the
gift that became the Thrasher Research Fund, he did so with the hope that it
would connect innovative minds with the resources they needed to find solutions
to children’s health problems. Al
himself was an inventor, whose own experience taught him that “you never know
where the next great idea is going to come from.” He wanted the Fund to resist the temptation to
become too narrow; true to this vision, we remain open to good ideas from
many disciplines that can improve children’s health.
It is an inescapable fact that each baby born into this
world will face some health problems as they go through childhood. For the lucky ones, these will be transitory and
mild. Far too many others will face
severe problems that are chronic, debilitating or fatal. Yet we see children facing these challenges with
an optimism and courage that inspires us to do our very best to find and
implement solutions to the health problems facing our planet’s most precious
and vulnerable population.
I am encouraged to see the tremendous progress the world has made in reducing the burden of childhood illness. This effort has involved contributions from
countless segments of society. Members
of the Thrasher Research Fund community are proud to be part of this
exciting progress, yet we remain humbled by the great challenges that still need
Al's vision of a healthier world for all children is made possible by
the dedicated work of many Committee members, scientists, reviewers, mentors and
tireless research staff throughout the world. We express our appreciation to the Thrasher
family for their continued support, and together look forward to accelerated progress towards a healthier world for children.