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)
Alyzza was diagnosed at three years old after finding a lump on the left side of her neck. Thanks to a treatment regimen that has vastly changed due to PCRF-funded research, Alyzza endured only 90 days of chemotherapy and was quickly back on her feet.
Forty years ago she would have faced two and a half years of chemotherapy and radiotherapy – a regimen in which only 30 % of patients with advanced disease were still alive two years following.
Alyzza is now four years cancer-free. She is strong, courageous, and wants to help find cures for other types of pediatric cancers. She loves pizza, dancing with her sister, playing soccer, and being able to enjoy her childhood!
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
Advances in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with pediatric brain tumors have enabled many to live longer with better cognitive outcomes. In the case of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG, this is not
Here at the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, we make it a point to stay up-to-date on the latest news and breakthroughs in pediatric cancer research. Only through knowledge and collaboration can we ever hope to
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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