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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.


Looking through new eyes: A father’s perspective on his son’s cancer

| On March 16, 2010, as my wife Kelly, our parents and our sweet little 22-month-old sat in an exam room at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, we received a diagnosis that shocked us all. Our son James had a cancerous tumor growing in his left eye- a cancer none of us had ever heard of before or even knew…Read More

Why I don’t daydream about my children’s futures

| I don’t daydream about my children’s futures.  I don’t envision them getting older, wearing prom dresses or tuxes. I don’t see my daughter in a white wedding gown. I don’t see my son behind the wheel. In fact, I don’t even buy my children clothes the next size up. Now, I am not saying that these things will or…Read More

Living with Late Effects- Part Three

| A week later, I followed up with the urologist. There had been no mistake. I was infertile. My wife and I would never share the joy of having a child who looked just like us. All of our visions about our children and family together had become a shattered piece of glass. When I…Read More

Living with Late Effects- Part Two

| Cancer was now behind me, and my focus shifted to a future without oncologists, CT scans and specialists. For the first time in five years I looked at myself not as a “cancer kid,” but rather an 18-year-old who had his whole future ahead of him. After graduating high school, I attended Northwestern College in Minnesota where I planned to…Read More

Research Snapshot: Donations are making osteosarcoma research fly higher

| Just two years ago, Zach Sobiech inspired millions with his hit song Clouds and his story on the documentary series My Last Days. Today, his legacy flourishes through the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund, which has helped make significant progress in understanding the cause of this devastating bone cancer and how to better treat it. Currently, four research projects are…Read More

Living with Late Effects- Part One

| Before I was diagnosed with choiriocarcinoma (germ cell cancer) at age 13, the physician asked me a lot of strange questions: “Have you lost weight? Do you have frequent nosebleeds? Do you sweat a lot at night? Any strange aches or pains?”  After I told him about my stomach aches for the past year, he nodded his head and showed…Read More

How my son’s cancer made me the student

| The innocence of children had never been something I had thought about at any great length.  Of course our children are innocent. They don’t know anything different than their own little microcosm within which they live.  That is, until they are shoved into an adult world, and even then, the grace with which they handle situations beyond their years…Read More

Courage, Joy and Shampoo Mohawks

| Related articles: Research Snapshot: Is double really better?The old adage goes that more is better, but according to a new study proposed by Dr. John Wagner, Pediatric Hematologist Oncologist at the University of Minnesota, it isn’t quite so when it comes to cord-blood transplants… Read MoreRead More

How childhood cancer saved my marriage

| When tragedy strikes it’s like you’re under a magnifying glass—especially your marriage. All the little problems, dislikes and concerns you have about your spouse get enormous, loud and ugly. They consume your thoughts, sit heavily in your chest and cause doubt, anger and fear. If left untouched, they will win and your marriage will be in jeopardy. The confusing…Read More

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Care Partners Recognition Event

Tuesday, Apr 14
We invite current and former Care Partner volunteers to join us at the U of M Masonic Children's Hospital

Just Imagine 2015

Wednesday, Apr 22
This is your chance to come learn more about CCRF and the impact your engagement can have in fighting childhood cancer.Event Site

Benefactors Circle Dinner

Sunday, May 17
Join founders Sharon & Joel Waller at the 25th Annual Benefactors Circle dinner. Event Site

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