powering cures, realizing futures

Urgent Mission:
accelerate new cures for pediatric cancers
More children are lost to cancers than any other disease.
You can save lives by funding research today.
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Why You’re Crucial to Accelerating Progress

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.

Fund innovation and become part of the
breakthroughs that will save lives.

* Approximately $220M goes to children’s research out of an annual $5B cancer research budget. (Source: Coalition Against Childhood Cancer)


Who You're Helping

Courageous Childhood Cancer Patients

Meet Bryson

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. 

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How You're Helping

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More than 232 medical research grants

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44 institutions

Laurence Cooper

“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


Discover How We Power Cures

PCRF Blogs

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News about the people, companies and events standing up for research

Welcome to Our New Sponsors!

We’re delighted that the Reaching for the Cure community is growing and want to introduce four new sponsors. “We are indebted to our expanding community of partners and donors who make it possible for us

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Insights and updates on the people and science advancing pediatric cancer care

Turning “One Day” into “Day One”

SAMUEL C. BLACKMAN, MD, PhD Co-founder and Head of Research & Development DAY ONE BIOPHARMACEUTICALS A little-known fact in the world of oncology is that the field of cancer drug development started with the treatment

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Ways You Can Help

There are nearly as many ways to support children with cancer as there are types
of pediatric cancers that need cures.
Please explore below to find the activities that are right for you.