JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla — Kate Amato touched the lives of so many on the First Coast and far beyond. She was just 11 years old when she died of cancer in 2016 in Jacksonville Beach. Now the foundation started in her memory is funding more groundbreaking pediatric cancer research projects.

The Kate Amato Foundation is awarding $150,000 dollars to fund four projects across the country to discover and develop new therapies for diseases spanning from sarcoma to leukemia to brain tumors.

“Through her illness, Kate’s parents discovered how severely underfunded research is for pediatric cancer and witnessed first-hand the brutal effects of outdated, toxic treatments," said a release from the Kate Amato Foundation. "To honor Kate’s life and continue the fight for other children, the Kate Amato Foundation is dedicated to finding safer, smarter and more effective treatments for children with cancer.”

You can read more about the recipients and their projects by clicking here.