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Children’s Cancer Research Fund invests in lifesaving, leading-edge research in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure of childhood cancers and blood-related disorders.

Fueled by compassion since opening our doors in 1981, our team has revolutionized the way childhood cancer is treated worldwide. Our investments in key research initiatives and patient care have led to innovative treatments, faster cures, new discoveries, and compassionate quality-of-life programs that give hope to pediatric patients and their families.

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Early Leukemia Detection in Newborns

| Leukemia is one of the most common childhood cancers, representing approximately one-third of all cancer diagnoses among children under the age of 14. Studies show that a subset of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common type of leukemia in children, begins in the womb. Researchers discovered a genetic error that is present at birth in some children who later…Read More

Disgustingly Normal

| I don’t think we will ever get used to or get over the feeling of our stomachs sinking every time Brooklyn goes under anesthesia. I have lost count, but sedation has happened maybe 25 or 30 times in the past 11 months. Checking in at Pediatric Sedation is a disgustingly normal Friday for us. Think of a time…Read More

Tough Beyond Her Years: Brooklyn’s Story

| Three-year-old Brooklyn wears colorful, patterned leggings and never leaves home without slipping on at least one purple item of clothing (in addition to her bright purple shoes). Along with reading “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed,” watching “Frozen” and playing with her kitchen set, she also thinks chemo shots, sedation and blood draws are just part of growing up.Read More

I Trust Anyway

| I lay here next to my 9-year-old son in his hospital bed. I stay close. When the next seizure starts, I’ll be able to reach the round red alert button tucked safely in his pack and push it quickly. The pack carries nearly 30 electrode wires that transmit his brain activity – each wire is scrubbed and glued to his…Read More

Building Up Leukemia Patients’ Immune Systems

| We want to create less toxic, more effective treatments for kids with leukemia. Here’s one of the many ways supporters like you are helping fund leukemia research: Certain types of leukemia treatments include stem cell transplants. A stem cell transplant replaces immature blood-forming cells in the bone marrow that have been destroyed by drugs, radiation or disease. They are injected…Read More

You Wrote The Next Chapter

| Only 4 percent of federal cancer research funding goes to childhood cancer, and you didn’t let that discourage you. You decided to do something about it this year. And because of that you’re: • Helping scientists see a clearer picture of deadly bone cancers, so they will be able to identify children at high-risk and monitor them more closely. That…Read More

A Gift That Never Comes Too Late

| When you lose someone close, it’s the memories that bring them back to life again. The holidays are particularly hard, so when my heart aches for Zach and I need to feel close to him again, I put on my headphones, tap on a playlist of songs from when he was alive and I travel back to better times when…Read More

Easing the Pain of Transplant: Alex’s Story

| “I begged for Megan to come in every day,” Alex told us, with his sister Kirsten and mother Nancy nearby. While most of his friends are headed off to college, Alex is fighting his latest post-stem cell transplant symptom: a knocked-down immune system and painful shingles that spread over his back, abdomen, head, face and mouth — one of the…Read More

“Mommy, do kids with cancer celebrate Christmas?”

| Written by Michelle Cavanaugh, mother of pelvic rhabdomyosarcoma survivor, Callie. She is also a family physician. “Mommy, do kids with cancer celebrate Christmas?”  This was the question that my 7-year-old daughter asked from the backseat, out of the blue, one day as we turned into our drive after a shopping trip with her Grammie and me. It…Read More

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