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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.

One person. One donation. One hour of volunteer time. Your time and efforts can make a huge difference in the lives of childhood cancer patients and their families.


I see you. Because I was you.

| Poem written by Anna Schetinski About Anna: I was just a regular girl, living a normal life when in an instant something terrible happened. I realized that life is fragile- not to be taken for granted. I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma when I was sixteen years old and it changed me forever. I survived to share my story, and I…Read More

Finding Strength in a Suitcase

| What I remember most from this past year is my suitcase. Every weekend proceeds as so: pack my suitcase, throw it in the car, drive to the suburbs, drag it into the house, unpack, treat it like a closet for two days, pack it again, drag it to the car, drive back to the city, unpack, get ready for work.…Read More

Butterfly Award Winner: JoAnn Schultz

| Each year, Children’s Cancer Research Fund presents Butterfly Awards to individuals, teams and organizations who have contributed significant time, service and resources to ending childhood cancer. We’re truly thankful for the passion and commitment shared by JoAnn Schultz, an incredible Care Partners volunteer! JoAnn has provided wonderful support for children and families since 2009 as a Care Partners volunteer…Read More

He Will Never Let Me Forget

| I stand in a room untouched for 4 years. As I run my hand on the bed I feel the cold cotton of the blanket, knowing that it will never be warmed by the body of my brother again. The room is filled to the brim with oddities. A football helmet, a dried boutineer, a collection of Red Bull…Read More

How I Care for My Brother Now

| It’s funny how one place can create so many narratives in your life. For me, that place is the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. Nestled in my dorm room surrounded by the cloud of a November mid-afternoon, it’s where I got the piercing phone call that my 14-year-old brother wasn’t just my brother anymore; He was going to be “a…Read More

Using Tiny Particles to Deliver Drugs Directly to Leukemia Cells and Other Cancers

| Thanks to donors like you, Peter Gordon, MD, PhD, has already discovered how to deliver drugs to leukemia cells using nanoparticles. Typically, these tiny particles are about 20–100 nanometers in size. To put that in perspective, a sheet of newspaper is about 100,000 nanometers thick. This novel delivery system may help cancer drugs be more effective while making patients less…Read More

Darkness Showed Me How to Be Stronger

| Written by Danny Valerius, leukemia survivor I am Danny Valerius, and I am a 12-year-old seventh grader. I like to do good, learn in school, play lots of basketball, talk to my friends and hang out with my three older brothers. I like the color yellow and try to use it as much as I can at any time. Watching…Read More

The Things You Never Thought You Would Have to Choose

| Life is all about choices.  From the simple ones we make every day to the ultra-complex that nothing can prepare you to make. When you decide with your spouse that it’s time to have a family, you only think of the joy that will come.  You think of the smiles, the things your child will do for the first time,…Read More

The Next Generation of Leukemia Therapy

| Childhood B-cell leukemia can be a devastating disease that is currently treated with chemotherapy and hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). Though effective in some patients, chemotherapy and HCT can be highly toxic. In addition, when children relapse, it is associated with a poor outcome. Mark Osborn, PhD, is working on an innovative solution that could have an immediate impact on childhood…Read More

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