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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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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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

“They Should Have Fed Him More Broccoli.”

| When Zach was diagnosed with osteosarcoma almost seven years ago, I wondered why? Why did this otherwise strong and healthy…Read More

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


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KS95 for Kids Radiothon

Friday, December 9
The 18th Annual KS95 for Kids Radiothon benefitting CCRF and Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. Join us online Monday through Thursday, then listen on-air Friday, December 9th for your chance to win while supporting kids through two great charities! Event Site

“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

Unlocking the Door to Ewing Sarcoma

| The answers to a deadly childhood bone cancer could be locked in a database holding 1,600 iPhones’ worth of data. And thanks to a gift from a Children’s Cancer Research Fund donor, scientists will be able to unlock and analyze the data, potentially discovering the genetic markers that cause Ewing sarcoma. Once doctors find this information, they may be able…Read More

I Hope I Always Have Tears

| No matter how much we plan or how well we deal with grief it finds ways to sneak in.  It found me recently when I shared a little about Quinn, my daughter who passed away April 7, 2012.  It showed up in the form of eyes filled with tears—tears I could not seem to stop.  We are blessed to…Read More

2016 Research Highlights: What Donors Made Possible

| From using a child’s own cells to fight cancer to creating next generation leukemia therapies, you’re helping turn researcher’s ideas into life-saving realities. Here are some of the projects you helped fund this past year. Using a Person’s Own Immune System to Fight Cancer When the immune system fails, cancer is allowed to grow and thrive.…Read More

Drawing the Line

| Brooklyn was 2½ when we went to get her hair cut for the first time.  Her long, blonde, curly hair was reduced to an adorable pixie cut.  She wore it well, but it was not what I pictured for my little girl’s first haircut. She was a few weeks into her 2½ year chemotherapy treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia,…Read More

An Out

| The only “birthday” we celebrated with my daughter, Quinn, was in our arms on the day of her actual birth. She passed away two days short of 8 months of life. And, as we approached Quinn’s 5th birthday I thought: What would life be like with Quinn here? Would she be happy? Would she be healthy? How pretty…Read More

“At Least It’s Just Non-Hodgkin”

| “At least it’s just non-Hodgkin.” I was baffled by what came out of her mouth. After confiding and sharing my brother’s official diagnosis, puzzled, I asked her to repeat what she’d just said. “At least it’s JUST non- Hodgkin. It’s curable,” she said. Somehow, I was supposed to find comfort in the “world of multiple types of cancer”…Read More

As Each Day Passes, My Heart Gets Heavier

| As each day passes, my heart gets heavier. With each sunset, I feel another 100 pounds across my back. When my son Dom was 3, we mentioned to my mom possibly wanting to have more kids. I couldn’t understand how I could love children the same because at the time I couldn’t fathom loving anyone more than Dom.…Read More

Three Years and Five Words

| My toddler, Finn, knows five words: mama, dada, raccoon, Daisy (my parent’s dog) — and Zach. Four of these words he picked up on his own, the last one I heavily influenced. As soon as Finn was old enough to understand words and expressions, I’d carry him to our hallway, show him a photo of my brother, point emphatically…Read More

Butterfly Award Winner: The Dykes Family

| 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. This year, our ambassador family Butterfly Award goes to the Dykes family for their incredible commitment to our cause. Diagnosed with a brain tumor at just six weeks old, Mindy and David…Read More

When Late Effects Can’t Be Fixed

| We Had It Good We had it good. We had a brain tumor survivor who was thriving. Sure, he had late effects: Stroke damage, hearing loss, partial blindness, speech difficulty, cognitive delays (which is a nice way of saying his brain and his mouth don’t work well together), drop foot causing trouble with balance, issues controlling body temp, fatigue from…Read More

If You Don’t Have Hope, What Do You Have?

| I’ve stared at cancer every day for the last two years, not once, not twice, but three times. Cancer knows I’m not going to budge; I’m not going to let it win. Cancer has become part of me because cancer became a part of my brother. “I have a 30 percent chance that I’m…Read More

New Grants Provide Support for Childhood Cancer Clinical Trials

| Children’s Cancer Research Fund, in partnership with Momcology, a national peer support foundation for pediatric cancer families, has awarded $180,000 in grants to nine hospitals to conduct early phase research and clinical trials for children with cancer. The funds were raised as part of the 2016 Great Cycle…Read More

To the Kid Who is Going Through What I Went Through

| To the kid who is going through what I went through, you are not alone. I understand your fears and uncertainties. I’ve been there, and I lived to share my story. I know what it’s like to hear the word “cancer” in reference to myself and feel dumbfounded and confused, knowing that my childhood would no longer be carefree. The…Read More

“They Should Have Fed Him More Broccoli.”

| When Zach was diagnosed with osteosarcoma almost seven years ago, I wondered why? Why did this otherwise strong and healthy boy - a boy who had been to the doctor only once in the previous three years - get bone cancer? Other people had the same question. “They should have fed him more broccoli.” One woman said after…Read More

Older Articles

| Meet our Supporters: John Poferl

| Faces of Childhood Cancer: Nevaeh

| Faces of Childhood Cancer: Jocelyn

| Faces of Childhood Cancer: Dexter

| Meet Kaitlyn: “It’s Important Not to Drop the Things You Love”

| “I Can Promise You We Will Never Stop Fighting”

| Braving a Battle of Their Own

| I Was Happy Fighting

| Great Cycle Challenge USA Raises Over $3 million for Childhood Cancer

| Depression and Survivor’s Guilt After Leukemia

| The New Normal: Nothing’s Normal

| A Letter to my Pre-Cancer Self

| As the Train Passes

| 5 Things to Write in a Card

| “Is There Anything I Can Do?”  There Is, and Here’s How

| Telemarketing Occurrences with Children’s Cancer Recovery Fund

| 5 Ways to Support a Family Facing Cancer

| How a Small Birthmark Changed Our Life

| What to Say (and What Not to Say) to a Family Facing Cancer

| A New Era for Children with Neurofibromatosis

| Watching, Waiting and Skating

| I Had to Stay Strong

| She Wasn’t Breathing; Her Heart Stopped

| An Unfamiliar, Familiar Place

| An Unfortunate Coincidence

| Silver Strings and the Fear of Relapse

| What Bravery Means to Me

| Happy

| This New Life

| I Will Always be the “Baby”

| As My Daughter Goes Through Surgery

| Defeating “This Beast”: How one mother plans to beat osteosarcoma

| My Son Taught Me to Overcome

| Things that Beating the “C” Word Taught me About Life

| Overcoming the Port Access

| Research in Sarcomas Gets Help from Man’s Best Friend

| Turning 1,600 iPhones of Data into Targeted Treatments

| Conquering Fear: Griffin’s Story

| Stronger Together: 35th Annual Dawn of a Dream

| Butterfly Awards

| Community Highlights

| Ryan, Shannon, & Fish’s KS95 for Kids Radiothon

| Meet Mikaela

| Picnic of Hope

| Words I Never Want to Say