Pediatric cancer research receives a minute fraction of the dollars allocated to adult cancer research.
The largest single funder, the Federal Government, invests just 4% of its annual cancer research budget in childhood cancer — that is less than $3.00 per child.
Researchers rely on private philanthropies like us to fund at least half of all childhood cancer research,
but resources limit our impact. In 2022, because of our own funding scarcity,
we were only able to fund 3.8 percent of every grant application rated outstanding.
* Approximately $220M goes to children’s research out of an annual $5B cancer research budget. (Source: Coalition Against Childhood Cancer)
Now five-years-old, Bryson Gencarella was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in December 2022. His diagnosis provides parents with a master class in listening to your children, following your instincts and proactively seeking medical expertise when the prevailing opinion does not feel right.
More than 232 medical research grants
“PCRF stands by its research partners as days turn into years and stomach-churning disappointments alternate with exhilarating wins. It is because of their commitment,
optimism and belief that the world of pediatric cancer care will be dramatically improved.”
~ Laurence Cooper, MD
“As usual, PCRF was the first to fund the early-stage work that has just received NIH funding for a clinical trial. The holy grail is to start with private funding that allows for follow-on federal funding. Mission accomplished in that sense!”
~ Elliot Stieglitz, MD
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
From surgery and chemotherapy to immunotherapy and stem cell transplants, the toolbox used by doctors treating pediatric cancers is growing. None of these treatments, however, would be possible without years of pediatric cancer research. Research
There are nearly as many ways to support children with cancer as there are types
of pediatric cancers that need cures.
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