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.

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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 $20 million for pediatric cancer research
PCRF has been funding life-saving pediatric cancer research for over 36 years
250,000 children will be diagnosed with cancer this year

Upcoming Events

Reaching for the Cure Run/Walk – March 25, 2018 @ Irvine Valley College
Mar 25 all-day

Best family 5k walk in orange county! 

best feel-good half marathon in the oc!

Mark your calendars for this Orange County favorite for all distances coming this Spring! The Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, Kids Run is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary on March 25, 2018 at Irvine Valley College.

Last year over 34,967 miles were dedicated to pediatric cancer research thanks to the 5,000 runners, walkers, cyclists, sponsors and volunteers that came out from all over Southern California in an effort to Reach for the Cure!  Help kids fight cancer. Register today and dedicate your miles to pediatric cancer research! Are you in?

Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon Run/Walk logoEvent Information:
Irvine Valley College
7:00AM – Half Marathon (13.1 miles/timed)
7:15AM – Orange Aluminum 5K Run (3.1 miles/timed)
7:45AM – Seyfarth Shaw 10K Run (6.2 miles/timed)
9:30AM – Cox, Castle & Nicholson 5K Walk (3.1 miles/untimed)
11:00AM – 1K kids’ fun run (untimed)


– Beautiful PR-Ready Course
– Great Views & Serene Run Along Trails
– Half Marathon Race Jacket with Reg 
– Tech Tee for Half Marathoners & Premium Shirt for 5K/10K participants
– Awesome Finishers Medals 
– Finisher Pint Glass Awards
– Fundraising Incentives for Individuals & Teams
– Easy, Convenient and FREE Parking
– Spectacular Finish Line Expo & Kids Zone
– Special Birthday Festivities for our 20th Year!


About RFTC, click here.
All of your Event FAQs, click here.
Fundraising & Team Support, click here.
Sponsor and Partnership Opportunities, click here.
Ways to Volunteer, click here.
2017 Results with Gemini Timing, click here.

R.D. Olson Construction Charity Golf Tournament @ Oak Creek Golf Club
Apr 23 all-day

The 8th Annual R.D. Olson Construction Charity Golf Tournament
R.D. Olson Construction Logo

A Networking Event for the Real Estate & Construction Industries
Benefiting Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation


Participants of RD Olson Charity Golf



Western Round Up – June 10, 2018 @ Oak Canyon Private Park
Jun 10 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Western Round Up - June 10, 2018 @ Oak Canyon Private Park | Silverado | California | United States


Join us for a fun day celebrating oncology families from all over Southern California. The Western Round Up is PCRF’s only FUN-raiser event each year, and our team looks forward to hosting a “cancer-free” afternoon outside the hospital walls. Let us bring a smile to your child’s face with carnival games, attractions, petting zoo, reptiles, fishing, crafts, prizes and more!

On this day the patients become the sheriffs! Each child will receive a sheriff’s badge for the day upon arrival. Together with your family you can enjoy a worry-free experience at an enclosed, private park where kids can roam free. There are prizes and experiences at every corner. Lunch is provided thanks to our friends at In-N-Out Burger.

Everyone will gather for the Flight of the Doves at 2:45pm in honor of those who have fought cancer. Dove Tributes are available to those who want to make a donation in Memory or in Honor of a Cancer Warrior.

Are you part of an oncology family, or know someone who is? We will add you to our mailing list so you receive an invitation by mail for next year’s event! PCRF is happy to work with oncology departments, social workers, support groups, etc. to bring families together on this special day.

Contact our office for opportunities for sponsors, underwriting, or volunteering and we will connect you up with this great event!


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Making an Impact

Some people say that children make up 10% of our cancer population, but they are 100% of our future!

Dr. Alex Huang, Case Western