Kneaders Bakery & Cafe
Karen Huntsman, left, Jon Huntsman Sr., Dr. Joshua Schiffman and his wife, Maureen Schiffman, Kneaders’ founders Gary and Colleen Worthington, Kneaders CEO James Worthington and David Vincent, Kneaders' chief financial officer, are pictured as Kneaders Bakery & Cafe presents Huntsman Cancer Institute and Huntsman Cancer Foundation with a check for more than $218,884, donated by customers to support childhood cancer research in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.

SALT LAKE CITY — Patrons at Kneaders Bakery & Cafe donated more than $218,000 during September to help fight childhood cancer.

The funds will support the research efforts of Dr. Joshua Schiffman, a pediatric oncologist and cancer researcher at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, who says elephant DNA may unlock the cure to childhood cancer.

During September, which was Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Kneaders locations throughout the nation sold elephant-shaped sugar cookies and “Hope Fights Childhood Cancer” campaign-themed retail items to benefit Schiffman’s work.

“We are grateful to our loyal customers, our many friends and our dedicated employees who supported this campaign in such a meaningful way,” Kneaders CEO James Worthington said in a statement. “We want to help move critical research forward and bring hope to people of all ages fighting cancer.”

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On Tuesday, Worthington joined company founders Gary and Colleen Worthington and Chief Financial Officer David Vincent in presenting a check for $218,884.90 to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.

Schiffman’s lab is exploring how a cancer-fighting gene called p53 helps to ward off cancer in elephants and how this information might be used to help children and adults affected by the disease, among other topics.

The Worthingtons began the campaign in 2016 after their grandson, Tanner Smith, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma as a teenager.