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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

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

Benefactors Circle Dinner

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

Great Cycle Challenge ™

Monday, June 1
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

Time to Fly 2015

Saturday, June 20
Join in the race against childhood cancer at Time to Fly! Every step brings us closer to a cure for childhood cancer. Rally your family and friends to join your team and collect donations. Event Site

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

| At the beginning of my cancer journey, I had no idea that the experience would make me evolve into a greater person. My body may now be riddled in scars from a hard time that I will never forget. I may always have a tinge of fear creeping about, waiting for the next moment of relapse, but my journey…Read 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

Being the Bear

| Hello, I’m C.C. Bear! First of all, I would like to thank my helper for typing all of this up for me. Opposable thumbs are something I think you humans take for granted!  Before I was hired by Children’s Cancer Research Fund last September, they said I had the right personality for the job. They pointed out that I’m…Read More

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.  Dr. Wagner and a team of researchers investigated whether a single-unit cord blood transplant was less (or more) effective than a double…Read More

How a sea turtle helped me grieve

| Remember the sea turtle, Zach? The one you saw in Mexico? Remember how peaceful it was, how beautiful? The air was salty and warm. The sea turtle kept swimming alongside us. Zach nods after each pause between my sentences. His eyes are closed in concentration as he focuses on taking each breath, but he hears me.  He tries…Read More

Late Effects: A Mother’s Voice

| We were told Connor would have many late effects from the medical treatments that would hopefully save his life.  His care team warned us of hair loss, night sweats, vomiting, mouth sores, body aches, cognitive delays, growth delays, tooth malformation, hearing loss, the list goes on…for miles. It all happened so fast. First, Connor survived a risky emergency surgery…Read More

Letter from a Cancer Survivor

| Battling cancer has changed my life. It’s safe to say that I would not be the person I am today without undergoing this beast. There isn’t a day that goes by that I do not think about cancer and how fortunate I am to be here. When I was just thirteen months old I was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma…Read More

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

| Courage abounded at the 34th annual Dawn of a Dream as 800 guests gathered for one of the most memorable events yet. Taking place at the downtown Minneapolis Depot, this year’s theme was “Brave,” a word that not only describes the patients, families and researchers who battle cancer every day, but also the generous guests who helped raise more than…Read More

Closing the gap between hope and cures

| In an effort to accelerate access to new medications for cancer patients, a new symposium will bring together internationally recognized experts from academia, government, industry and health insurance to discuss the challenges of today’s system.  The event is a partnership created by the Richard Schulze Foundation, established by the founder of Best Buy as a way to give back…Read More

Community & Family Celebration 2014

| On October 10, 2014, Children’s Cancer Research Fund hosted the first annual Community and Family Celebration. Families, volunteers, researchers and doctors all came together to honor community members and celebrate a successful year at Children’s Cancer Research Fund. The evening began with several fun activities including a genetics “Supertasting” test, a video booth where guests left video messages for children…Read More

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

| With world-class expertise and a proven track record of success, researchers at the University of Minnesota are making significant progress in understanding and treating childhood cancer and rare genetic diseases. Here are some projects from the past fiscal year that your donations helped fund: Treating Chronic Graft-Versus-Host Disease with New Drug Therapies Principal investigator: Bruce Blazar,…Read More

Transforming the Transplant: How Research Changes the Leukemia Journey

| Over the decades, research advancements in childhood cancer have led to dramatic improvements. New options bring more hope to families—helping young patients feel more comfortable, experience fewer complications and reach the best quality of life more quickly. After facing two types of leukemia and three bone marrow transplants in a nineteen-year span, Gwen has firsthand experience with changes in childhood…Read More

Picnic of Hope 2014

| CarePartners hosted the 19th annual Picnic of Hope on September 13th, 2014, drawing doctors, volunteers, cancer survivors, patients and family members from across the state of Minnesota and beyond. Kids chose from favorite books supplied by hospital volunteer Kay Christianson and met our newest staff member: C.C. Bear.  Hosted at Minnehaha Falls Park, picnic-goers enjoyed a crisp autumn afternoon filled…Read More

Older Articles

| 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”

| ‘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

| New Hope for Boys with a Rare Genetic Disorder

| Supporting Siblings

| Behind the Scenes: Chopped All-Stars