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This is where you’ll find current news articles, kids stories and research news about pediatric cancer and other rare diseases. We’ll also keep you informed on what’s happening at Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

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Infant leukemia: A team approach

| Among all childhood cancers, leukemia in infancy is rare and challenging for researchers and doctors tasked with understanding causes and…Read More

We’re Not Going to Be In That Statistic

| David and Mindy’s 10 tips for maintaining a happy marriage in the midst of family crisesStay attuned to each…Read More

Our Cause Has Been Expertly Rocked

| At Children’s Cancer Research Fund, we cannot do what we do alone. It takes partners in compassion for us to…Read More


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Upcoming Events

Just Imagine 2014

Tuesday, April 29
This is your chance to come learn more about CCRF and the impact your engagement can have in fighting childhood cancer. Event Site

Time to Fly 2014

Saturday, June 21
Children’s Cancer Research Fund’s athletic fundraising event, it includes a 10K and 5K run (chip-timed), a 5K walk and a kids’ fun run. Great option for the community participation, helping to raise awareness about the impact that each dollar has on advancing research. Event Site

Friends of CCRF Golf Outing

Saturday, June 21
Join us for the Friends of CCRF Golf Outing at Grand National Golf Club in Hinckley, MN. Event Site

Pediatric Brain Tumor Research at the University of Minnesota

| Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer death in children. Advances in surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy have not led to the same decrease in mortality as seen in other pediatric cancers, such as leukemia. The Pediatric Brain Tumor Program at the Read More

Date For Life

| Our sixth annual Date for Life event was held at the posh Graves 601 Hotel in Minneapolis this year. Held the evening before Valentine’s Day, this event attracted nearly 500 guests, including 30 of the Twin Cities’ most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes who were auctioned off with a variety of fun and romantic date packages.Read More

Survivors of childhood cancer at significant risk for heart disease

| Childhood cancer, the leading killer of children by disease, is the penultimate childhood health struggle. Unfortunately, the struggle may not end when the cancer therapy does. The long-term effects of cancer treatment may pose life-long health risks for survivors of childhood cancer as significant as the cancer itself. Intensive therapies used to treat cancer—like surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and blood…Read More

Unrelated charities

| The Tampa Bay Times newspaper and the Center for Investigative Reporting recently published a list called “America’s Worst Charities”. Our organization is of course not on this list, however there are several charities listed with very similar names that we unfortunately receive numerous complaint calls about in regards to their aggressive telemarketing tactics. We want…Read More

Caden’s Story: Surviving a Brain Tumor

| Shortly before his second birthday, Caden’s parents Tracy and Thane noticed a deviation in Caden’s right eye. They brought him in to see an ophthalmologist, but the standard method of treatment just seemed to make the deviation worse. Caden was quickly pushed up the list to receive an MRI at the University of Minnesota. What the MRI revealed came as a shock to everyone.Read More

Care Partner of the Month - January

| Care Partners is our volunteer-driven, quality-of-life program that provides non-medical support to families and patients being treated for pediatric blood and marrow transplantation, pediatric cancer (oncology) and blood diseases (hematology). Each month we profile a Care Partner volunteer who gives generously of their time and energy to families being treated at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. Name:Mark Wendle Are…Read More

Zach’s Story: Surviving Nodular Sclerosing Hodgkin Disease

| Diagnosed with stage IV Nodular Sclerosing Hodgkin Disease in September last year, 15-year-old Zach of Woodbury, Minnesota was just preparing to enter his freshman year of high school. After completing 17 radiation treatments and chemotherapy at the University of Minnesota, Zach is technically cancer free.Read More

Support through air miles

| Last summer at the age of one, Lilah was diagnosed with stage IV high risk neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer of the sympathetic nervous system. In August, she began chemotherapy treatment which significantly reduced the size of Lila’s tumor however she still needed surgery to remove a majority of it from her airways. Her surgery was to be…Read More

KS95 for Kids® Radiothon and Ryan and Shannon’s Largest “Clouds” Choir

| For 15 years, the KS95 for Kids Radiothon has warmed thousands of hearts over the airwaves sharing stories of brave children and their families, and raising over $13 million for Children’s Cancer Research Fund and Gillette Specialty Healthcare. Throughout the two-day event, held at the Mall of America, stories of hope involving kids affected by cancer and disabilities were told…Read More

“Clouds” Choir at Mall of America honoring the memory of Zach Sobiech

| Join Children’s Cancer Research Fund together with KS95 Morning Show hosts Ryan & Shannon at the largest “Clouds” Choir at the Mall of America celebrating the one year anniversary of the release of Zach Sobiech’s song “Clouds!” Zach Sobiech of Lakeland, Minnesota was diagnosed with osteosarcoma,…Read More

Adalyn’s Story: Surviving Retinoblastoma

| Adalyn of South Saint Paul, Minnesota was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma on September 24, 2012, at mere 9 months old. “Never did we imagine that we would be told that she had a tumor in her retina and that it was cancer” parents Tim and Theresa recall.Read More

Give to the Max Day Results

| We are happy to report Give to the Max Day awesomeness! We raised nearly $26,000, which is nearly $9,000 more than last year and donations are still coming in. With our triple match grant in place until November 30th, that total becomes $78,000. Many thanks to all who gave to the max! We would like to extend a special thank…Read More

The 33rd annual Dawn of a Dream: “Bringing Life to Dreams”

| On November 2nd, the Depot in downtown Minneapolis was filled with 900 compassionate guests of the 33rd Dawn of a Dream gala, Children’s Cancer Research Fund’s signature event. “Bringing Life to Dreams” was not only the theme of the event, but also its impact as an incredible $1.55 million was raised for childhood cancer research –…Read More

Announcing the upcoming ‘Dawn of a Dream’ Dream Maker Awards

| The Dream Maker Award is presented to individuals who have shown commitment, dedication and truly outstanding support of our battle against childhood cancer. It is the highest honor presented by Children’s Cancer Research Fund, and at our annual Dawn of a Dream black tie gala on Saturday, November 2nd, we will be honoring two Dream Maker Award winners: Dr. John…Read More

A Whole New Ball Game

| 15-year-old Zach of Woodbury, Minnesota was diagnosed with stage IV Nodular Sclerosing Hodgkin Disease in September last year, just as he was preparing to enter his freshman year of high school. From September 12th to March the following year Zach completed 17 radiation treatments and chemotherapy at the University of Minnesota. Today, Zach is technically “cancer free” and lives a…Read More

Older Articles

| The 10th Annual 140 Invitational Golf Tournament

| Telemarketing Complaints

| Glamorama 2013 “Fashion in a new light”

| ‘Kicking Cancer’ at Schwan’s USA Cup 2013

| Laura Sobiech pens a memoir about her son Zach

| Married in the Mourning

| Update on Laura Goering, 2012 Glamorama Ambassador

| Time to Fly 2013

| Regents Professor awarded Land-Grant Chair in Pediatric Oncology

| Summer Intern Bio: Alex Goering

| Summer Intern Bio: Megan Van Dusartz

| New research identifies genetic variants associated with osteosarcoma

| Zach Sobiech on Billboard’s Hot 100

| Internet hit dies, speaks from ‘Clouds’

| Zach Sobiech: Celebrities serenade dying teenager his farewell song “Clouds”

| Sheryl Crow, Cirque du Soleil at Glamorama 2013

| Stars Serenade Zach Sobiech in Appreciation of His Brave Cancer Fight

| A Brother’s Gift

| Picnic of Hope gets a new home

| New Hope for Boys with a Rare Genetic Disorder

| Supporting Siblings

| Behind the Scenes: Chopped All-Stars

| Why We Fly: Action

| Just Imagine 2013

| The Importance of Community

| Our cause to be featured on “Cause Rock” radio show

| A two-time childhood cancer survivor shares her experience

| Do you love beer and hate cancer?

| Historic transplant for boy with HIV, leukemia

| U of M docs attempt to cure boy of HIV, leukemia

| We Appreciate You!

| University of Minnesota doctors try to cure boy of HIV, cancer in risky operation

| Why We Fly: In Memory of Bella

| Book Review: There’s So Much More To Wear than Hair

| Possible Down Syndrome and Leukemia Link

| We’re Not Going to Be In That Statistic

| Our Chopped All-Star makes it to the grand finale

| A “Mega Chef” is competing for our cause on Chopped All-Stars

| The best medicine

| Care Partner of the Month - April

| Genetic Surgery - The New Frontier in Fighting Diseases

| 2013 Survivorship Series a Success

| An Update From C.C. Bear

| 2013 Survivorship Series: Wellness After Cancer

| Beating a Main Cause of Death from Blood or Marrow Transplant