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Our latest news, events, and updates

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.

Most Popular Articles

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

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

| September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time to honor and remember children and families affected by these rare…Read More

The facts about osteosarcoma

| Osteosarcoma is a malignant tumor that begins in the bone. Although they can arise in any of the more than…Read More

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Upcoming Events

Great Cycle Challenge ™

Tuesday, June 30
Great Cycle Challenge is a national event that encourages riders of all fitness levels and ages to pedal throughout the month of June and log your miles to fight kids' cancer. Event Site

140 Invitational Golf Tournament

Saturday, August 15
Join us for the 12th annual 140 Invitational Golf Tournament at Troy Burne Golf Club in Hudson, WI. Non-golfers will also enjoy the dinner, program with auctions and live entertainment by Tonic Sol-fa! Event Site

Valleyfair Cares

Saturday, September 5
We are excited to announce that for the second year Children’s Cancer Research Fund will be benefiting from the Valleyfair Cares Program. Event Site

What To Say When There’s Nothing To Say

| This piece was originally posted on Jane’s blog, When you have a child with cancer, social media can provide a wonderful lifeline of support. When Claire was sick I used Caring Bridge to communicate updates to the myriads of supportive people who were following her story throughout treatment. I know many have also used Facebook to do…Read More

Researchers discover genes that cause deadly osteosarcoma

| Branden Moriarity, PhD, uses mouse models to identify cancer genes that cause osteosarcoma, a rare pediatric bone cancer, that primarily affects young adults. Additionally, osteosarcoma is a highly prevalent cancer in canines, with more than 50,000 cases per year in the U.S. Unlike some tumors, osteosarcoma is genetically complicated and difficult to understand using normal mouse models. Because of the…Read More

Cartwheeling through Relapse: Meet Peighton

| Peighton’s mother, Jennifer, holds an x-ray up to her kitchen window. “See,” she says, “it’s right there!” She points to a white patch between two eyeballs—an image of her daughter’s brain and her tumor. It’s the last remaining tumor of six that were in her spine and brain, sitting just under her optic nerve. “We call it Gary the Snail!”…Read More

An Important Message to our Donors

| The Chronicle of Philanthropy and several other news outlets recently reported on a list called “4 Cancer Charities Charged in Fraud Case.” Our organization is NOT on this list, however there are two charities called “Children’s Cancer Fund of America” and “Cancer Fund of America” that are on the list. We have received several inquiries since these…Read More

Care Partner volunteer spotlight: Meet Dustin

| Airline pilot Dustin Hron has always wanted to use his own experience to give back in a positive way. When he was six months old, he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and treated at the University of Minnesota. Though he was too young to remember much, he still has late effects from his cancer and treatment. He loves volunteering…Read More

International Bereaved Mother’s Day?

| This blog post was originally shared on the Momcology Facebook page. Momcology is a medical and social support community for mothers and primary caregivers of children diagnosed with cancer. Children’s Cancer Research Fund is proud to support the program! To learn more about Momcology, visit Apparently, the first Sunday in May is International Bereaved Mother’s Day. One…Read More

Holding my breath: 2 years, 1 month and 26 days

| 2 years, 1 month and 26 days. That’s how long I have been holding my breath. That’s how long it’s been since I heard the words “Lydia has cancer.” At first, I couldn’t breathe. These words knocked the breath right out of me. How could my 2 year old have cancer? But, the doctor kept talking and I realized…Read More

Thank you to Macy’s

| Our long-time partner, Macy’s, confirmed that they will no longer be producing Glamorama, the annual fashion fundraiser which has benefitted Children’s Cancer Research for the past 23 years. While this news is bittersweet for us, we are very grateful for the support that Macy’s has given us over the past two decades and we look forward to our continued partnership.…Read More

Care Partners Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Caitlin

| Caitlin Batzlaff, Care Partners volunteer, three years When Caitlin started preparing for medical school at the University of Minnesota, it was an easy decision for her to become a volunteer for the Care Partners program. “My family has a lot of medical background, so I’ve been immersed in the culture of caring my whole life,” she says.…Read More

How I act around children with cancer

| Beads hang off Michael’s* IV pole telling what seems to be an endless story of all the procedures he has gone through so far. As I step into the room I can’t seem to break my gaze from the multicolored strands that twinkle above his head, but I look at his face with the respect he deserves. I have been…Read More

How my son led the way

| I stood in the hospital lobby with my ear pressed against the handle of the phone as my husband, Rob, held it to his ear to hear the news the doctor had to deliver. “Tumor,” the doctor said. I looked at Zach, our fourteen year old son, who waited, patient but miserable, in a chair across the room. The…Read More

Children’s Cancer Research Fund launches Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids’ cancer!

| Children’s Cancer Research Fund launches the first-ever Great Cycle Challenge USA (GCC-USA)! The inaugural GCC-USA is a national event that encourages riders of all fitness levels and ages to pedal throughout the month of June and log their miles while raising vital funding for cancer research.…Read More

Spirits: How cancer created a bond between two kids named “Zach”

| I’ve never seen a ghost or a spirit.  I’m terrified of the thought, but I’m still intrigued.  Spirits to me are otherworldly-a concept you want to believe in, but you aren’t sure if it’s real.  But they are real, and I learned that during my son’s radiation treatment for cancer. Radiation is odd.  It signals the end of a…Read More

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

Older Articles

| Living with Late Effects- Part Three

| Living with Late Effects- Part Two

| Research Snapshot: Donations are making osteosarcoma research fly higher

| Living with Late Effects- Part One

| How my son’s cancer made me the student

| Courage, Joy and Shampoo Mohawks

| How childhood cancer saved my marriage

| Being the Bear

| Research Snapshot: Is double really better?

| How a sea turtle helped me grieve

| Late Effects: A Mother’s Voice

| Letter from a Cancer Survivor

| The 34th annual Dawn of a Dream: “Brave”

| Closing the gap between hope and cures

| Community & Family Celebration 2014

| How you’re helping solve graft v. host disease, Hodgkin lymphoma and leukemia

| Transforming the Transplant: How Research Changes the Leukemia Journey

| Picnic of Hope 2014

| A portrait of Zach Sobiech

| 140 Invitational Golf Tournament

| Glamorama 2014

| New grant helps connect moms of children with cancer

| Time to Fly 2014

| Glamorama, “Fashion Rocks” on August 1st

| 9th Annual Cancer Survivorship Conference

| Surviving the Roller Coaster of Life: A Cancer-Dad and Widower Tells How

| Just Imagine 2014

| Pediatric Brain Tumor Research at the University of Minnesota

| Date For Life

| Survivors of childhood cancer at significant risk for heart disease

| Unrelated charities

| Care Partner of the Month - January

| Support through air miles

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

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

| Give to the Max Day Results

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

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

| A Whole New Ball Game

| QuietDrive releases single and video “Even When I’m Gone”

| Zach Sobiech’s family to present check for $568,704 to the University of Minnesota

| September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

| The 10th Annual 140 Invitational Golf Tournament

| Telemarketing Complaints

| Glamorama 2013 “Fashion in a new light”