Our Mission

Funding research to improve the care, quality of life and survival rate of children with malignant disease is the focal point of everything we do. At the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, we remain steadfast in our mission to give every child a cancer-free future.

2016 PCRF Grantees  You can Give Hope

Our Stars

Our stars are at the heart of what we do at the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. It is for them, our warriors and our patients, whom we fight for by funding life-saving pediatric cancer research. Read their stories below.




Diann was 5-years-old, entering kindergarten, when her mother took her for a routine exam at the doctor’s office. After the exam, she was told to immediately take her to CHOC because of anemia.

Read Diann's Story

Becky Mudd

Becky Mudd

In April 2015, Becky Mudd a mother, grandmother, sister and daughter channeled her passion for running to benefit others who are running a marathon of their own - those who fight pediatric cancer.

Read Becky's Story



Fifty years ago, Hodgkin's was a death sentence. I would not have been able to even graduate high school but because of donations given to research foundations such as the PCRF.

Read Kalyn's Story



On New Year’s Day, 2010 four-year-old Gavin was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), and his family’s lives were forever changed.

Read Gavin's Story



Meet Danny, a fifth grader, who wants to help. Danny's idea was that for a $20 donation, a person could write an inspirational note to a pediatric patient on a white NVRQT ball.

Read Danny's Story



When he was diagnosed with Leukemia in December 2012 the thing that kept Leonard in high spirits were the many basketball DVDs he received from friends and family.

Read Leonard's Story

Our Impact


PCRF has raised over $36 million for pediatric cancer research


PCRF has been funding life-saving pediatric cancer research for over 34 years


250,000 children will be diagnosed with cancer this year

Upcoming Events

2016 Memorial Lectureship @ Newport Beach Civic Center Community Room (see below for parking details)
Nov 4 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
The 2016 Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Memorial Lectureship

Please join the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation in Honoring

Kathleen Sakamoto, MD, PhD

2016 PCRF Memorial Lecturer

Shelagh Galligan Professsor
Division of Hematology Oncology
Stanford University School of Medicine

“Advances in the Biology and Treatment of Pediatric Acute Myeloid Leukemia”

Sakamoto Photo
Friday, November 4th
Newport Beach Civic Center Community Room
100 Civic Center Drive
Newport Beach, California


The PCRF Memorial Lectureship was established in 1992 to honor the memory of all children who have lost their battles with cancer
Questions:  jludwig@pcrf-kids.org

Bid for the Kids CA Gala @ Lyon Air Museum
Nov 5 @ 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Bid for the Kids CA Gala @ Lyon Air Museum | Santa Ana | California | United States

the sky is the limit!

The Sky is the Limit for what we can do in the world of childhood cancer research. This year, PCRF invites you to include us in your philanthropic giving for the 33rd annual Bid for the Kids Gala to be held at the Lyon Air Museum. Be ready to step inside a unique hangar museum and dine, dance and bid among the wings of some of the rarest vintage aircraft and vehicles in the world. Featuring live entertainment, elite catering by Turnip Rose and an extensive silent and live auction.

Please save the date and join us as we aim for the Sky to raise the necessary funds for research that is powering hope in families who need hope the most.


UCLA Dribble for the Cure @ Drake Stadium, UCLA Campus
Nov 6 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
UCLA Dribble for the Cure @ Drake Stadium, UCLA Campus | Los Angeles | California | United States


The University of California, Los Angeles Athletic Department and Bruin Basketball are joining forces with PCRF and Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA for the 9th Annual Dribble for the Cure at UCLA. The event will take place on the UCLA campus at Drake Stadium on Sunday, November 6, 2016.


8:30am – Registration opens and Dribble for the Cure Festival opens
10:00am – Welcome Ceremony
10:15am – Start of Dribble for the Cure course
11:15am – Finish Line Festivities at Collins Court

When you join the Dribble for the Cure, you are joining a dedicated team in the fight against pediatric cancer.

Register Here Learn more about Dribble for the Cure

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Making an Impact

You can argue that pediatric patients only make up 10% of our population, but they are 100% of our future.

Dr. Alex Huang, Case Western