About CCRF

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

The road to better treatment options and cures always starts with riders and fundraisers like you. With only 4 percent of federal funding available for childhood cancer research, our support sparks new ideas and propels research forward. This is absolutely crucial to improving outcomes for children.

Since 1981, we’ve contributed over $200 million to research, support programs for children and families, and education and awareness outreach. During the last fiscal year, 85 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.

We focus our research funding on three key areas that will make the most impact for children and families:

Hard to Treat Cancers

We invest in cancer types like brain tumors, sarcomas and leukemias, that are difficult to treat or have low survival rates, as these have the highest potential for change.


Children who survive cancer face lifelong health issues because of the treatments they endured. CCRF funds programs that help survivors get the health care and support they need to thrive after cancer. To find out more about what chemo does to a child's body, watch this video

Data and collaboration

Because childhood cancers are considered rare, global collaboration is necessary for researchers to be successful in finding new treatments and cures. That’s why we support initiatives that make data sharing and analytics easier and more effective for all cancer researchers.

Emerging Scientists

Highly-qualified researchers rarely receive research grants early in their careers, meaning their great ideas can go unexplored. CCRF removes these roadblocks by funding highly qualified individuals to help launch their research careers.

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 funding has led to breakthroughs that have helped increase childhood cancer survival rates to over 80%...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. Before she died, 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.

Forty 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 nonprofit committed to finding a cure for childhood cancer.

Katie never got the chance to ride her new bike, so we now ride to realize her dream of a world without childhood cancer.

Where We've Funded Research

Money raised by Great Cycle Challenge riders has been granted to the following hospitals and research centers. Funding decisions are made through an application and scientific review process.

  • Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Childhood Cancer & Leukemia International Consortium
  • Children's Cancer Therapy Development Institute
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Egleston
  • Children’s Hospital of Colorado
  • Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
  • Children’s Minnesota
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Children’s National Medical Center

  • Children’s Oncology Group

  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Indiana University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital

  • University of California-San Francisco
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Texas at San Antonio
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Vanderbilt University 

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.