The Cause

Children’s Cancer Research Fund (CCRF) is dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer by investing in the most effective research, collaborating with talented minds, supporting families and inspiring and educating advocates worldwide to take action to end childhood cancer.

In the past 36 years, CCRF has contributed nearly $150 million to research, support programs for children and their families and education and awareness outreach to advocates and researchers. In the last fiscal year, 77 percent of funds raised went directly to these program service areas. Learn more about CCRF's financial performance.

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.

Many discoveries supported by CCRF have revolutionized the way childhood cancer is treated worldwide. For more information, view the 2016 annual report.

CCRF also supports quality-of-life programs for kids facing cancer and their families, working to improve the childhood cancer experience and life afterward.

With your support, we can keep building on our progress and working towards our ultimate goal - ending childhood cancer.

To learn more about CCRF and our work, view the website.

Our Research

CCRF works closely with researchers to fund groundbreaking projects quickly and ensure that promising discoveries continue uninterrupted. 

CCRF helps researchers: 

  • Fund innovative research projects that hold great promise but don’t yet qualify for larger grants.
  • Conduct potentially lifesaving clinical trials with new treatments and drugs.
  • Purchase needed research and medical equipment.
  • Continue their education and collaborate with other scientists.

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
  • Genetic disease: the fatal illnesses that benefit from cancer treatments
  • Epidemiology: finding the causes of childhood cancers
  • 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 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.