About CCRF

Children’s Cancer Research Fund (CCRF) is a national nonprofit dedicated to ending childhood cancer.

With only 4 percent of federal funding available for childhood cancer research, fundraising is crucial to finding safer, more effective therapies for kids battling cancer.

Since 1981, we’ve contributed nearly $160 million to research, support programs for children and families, and education and awareness outreach. During the last fiscal year, 71 percent of funds raised went directly to these program services areas. Learn more about CCRF's financial performance.

Your support through Great Cycle Challenge USA allows us to continue our work to fight kids' cancer and give these kids the brighter futures that they deserve.

Together, we can end childhood cancer. Visit our website to learn more about CCRF and our work.

Our Research

We help jump start new research and ensure that promising discoveries continue uninterrupted.

Your fundraising efforts will support our work to: 

  • Launch new ideas with seed grants for innovative research that holds great promise but doesn’t yet qualify for larger grants.
  • Introduce clinical trials that lead to new treatments and drugs.
  • Fill funding gaps that can slow down or halt potentially lifesaving projects.
  • Train the next generation of researchers.
  • Foster collaboration and share information to accelerate promising discoveries.
  • Purchase much-needed research and medical equipment.

Our research focus areas include:

  • Leukemia: the most common type of childhood cancer.
  • Brain tumor: the deadliest type of childhood cancer.
  • Sarcoma: the difficult-to-treat childhood cancers of the bone or soft tissues.
  • Epidemiology: finding the causes of childhood cancers.
  • Immunotherapy: activating the body’s immune system to fight cancer.

  • Integrative therapy: methods to supplement medical care plans such as music therapy, aromatherapy and guided imagery.
  • Cancer survivorship: the long-term health issues that develop after treatments like hearing loss and infertility.

Our funding has led to breakthroughs that have helped increase childhood cancer survival rates to over 80 percent...but we'll keep going until we achieve a 100% cure rate and healthy survivors.

Our Story

In 1979, 13-year old Katie Hageboeck, from Wayzata, MN, was nearing the end of her 16-month battle with leukemia. Knowing she was losing her battle, Katie asked that the money she’d been saving for a 10-speed bicycle be donated to a little-known fund for the University of Minnesota called Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

Katie's dream was to find a cure so that other kids facing cancer would survive.

A little over a year after Katie’s passing, her parents, Diana and Norm, and friends of the family organized what they thought was a one-time benefit fundraiser to honor Katie’s wish.

Thirty five years later, this “Dawn of a Dream” benefit is still taking place, and Children's Cancer Research Fund has grown from a small grassroots fundraiser into a national non-profit committed to finding a cure for childhood cancer.

Starting with a little girl donating money she'd saved to buy a bicycle, Katie never got the chance to ride a new bike. So, we will be riding for her in this year’s Great Cycle Challenge USA to realize her dream of a world without childhood cancer.

Donate with Confidence

We’re committed to complete transparency and accountability with our financial information and how fundraising dollars are used to further our mission. As a result, CCRF is recognized for meeting all 20 standards by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance; we are a GuideStar Platinum Participant; and, we meet all the accountability standards from the Charities Review Council.