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

Diann

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

Kalyn

Kalyn

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

Gavin

Gavin

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

Danny

Danny

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

Leonard

Leonard

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

$40M
PCRF has raised over $40 million for pediatric cancer research
35YR
PCRF has been funding life-saving pediatric cancer research for over 35 years
250K
250,000 children will be diagnosed with cancer this year

Upcoming Events

Mar
25
Sun
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)

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RACE FEATURES
– 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!

EVENT LINKS

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.

Jun
10
Sun
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

COME ON DOWN TO OUR WESTERN ROUND UP

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!

DETAILS

Jul
9
Mon
East Coast Golf Tournament – July 9, 2018 @ Hackensack Golf Club
Jul 9 @ 10:30 am – 7:00 pm

11th annual PCRF east coast Golf Tournament

Mark your calendars for PCRF’s 11th annual Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Golf Tournament! Each year we kick-off with a continental breakfast, followed by 18 holes of golf. You and your foursome can have friendly competitions with the on-course contest holes, raffle opportunities, and more. Following the tournament play, golfers will have time to freshen up before cocktail hour begins! Golfers will join more dinner guests for our evening program and live auction.

Proceeds form this longtime favorite golf outing is in support of Dr. Cairo and the research at the PCRF Laboratory. This lifesaving research is happening at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, at Westchester Medical Center and New York Medical College.

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

DETAILS

PARTNER WITH US

Please contact our office to learn more about how you or your organization might partner with us for next year’s event with the gift of sponsorship, gift in-kind donation, auction donation or donating your time to help be part of the planning committee. Catherine Raack can be reached directly at Catherine@pcrf-kids.org or 949-859-6312.

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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