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Because of research, the cancer death rate has decreased more dramatically for children than for any other age group.

Since its establishment in 1982 as a grass-roots organization, the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) has focused its efforts on funding research to improve the care, quality of life, and survival rate of children with malignant diseases. It’s 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.

With more than 35 Years of cutting-edge pediatric cancer research history, at PCRF we know we have come so far, but that there is still a lot of work to be done. We are committed to continuing to fund research, education and lifesaving advancements.

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children in the US will be newly diagnosed with cancer in 2018

1 in 4

Elementary schools has a child with cancer

2 Students

The average High School has 2 students who are current or former cancer patients

Global Research Advancement

PCRF proudly hosts the International Symposium on Childhood, Adolescent and Young Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

International Symposium on Childhood

Designed to present the latest scientific and clinical advances in childhood, adolescent, and young adult NHL, NHL biopathology, NHL genomics, stem cell transplantation, and immunobiology, this conference fosters the most exciting advancements in Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.


Funding Life-Saving Research

Funding Life-Saving Research

Because of Research the cancer
death rate has dropped more
dramatically for children than
for any other age group

For the kids.
For their families.
We stand vigil when they
need help keeping hope alive.

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Cancer Research Grants

We Raise Money for Research that Saves Lives

As a dedicated Childhood Cancer Research Charity, PCRF works directly with doctors, researchers, and nurses to identify the specific challenges they face in bringing new treatments to and caring for children with cancer. Our grants allow doctors and nurses to bring the latest and most promising life-saving treatments to seriously ill children.


Meet Our Warriors

Cancer Warriors are the children and families who have a personal story to tell because they have been on the front lines fighting this disease and fighting for their lives.  They know better than anyone how a cure for childhood cancer can change the world.

Each of the Cancer Warriors have had to battle malignant disease and face the challenges of treatments, side effects, and after effects of childhood cancer.  Reading their stories will give you a window into the lives of the people you whose worlds you will help change when you offer your support.  By donating in their honor you help the children and families yet to be diagnosed.  Your gift gives hope!

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Meet Our Researchers

Our researchers are M.D.’s and Ph.D.’s who are passionately motivated to give children and families hope for a future without childhood cancer through the success of pediatric cancer research. They are conducting research in Stem Cell Transportation, Stem Cell Biology, Molecular Oncology, Molecular and Cellular Genetics and more.

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Ways to Help

Terminally ill children and their families need your help. There are nearly as many ways to help save children from childhood cancer as there are types of cancer that they need to be saved from. Did you know that a child and their family receive a heartbreaking cancer diagnosis every two minutes? Approximately 300,000 children under age 19 are diagnosed with cancer each year, and that of the lucky ones who survive, two-thirds suffer from long-lasting chronic conditions as a result of the treatment that saved them?

The doctors and researchers who work with PCRF are fighting to change this. PCRF fights to find a cure. Fights for survivors of pediatric cancer to live a life free from debilitating health problems caused by treatments. That’s why we need your support. Pediatric cancer research is notoriously underfunded and these children are desperately in need of champions like you.

In the world of pediatric cancer, there is much work to be done and everyone can be a part of the solution.  Everyone has something to give! PCRF makes it easy for you to contribute. Learn more about the many ways you can help children and families fighting childhood cancer today, and those who are yet to receive the devastating news no family wants to hear.  Together we can make a difference.


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  • 2019 Research Grants

Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Funds 9 New Research Grants in 2019

Press Release - IRVINE, CA (April 3, 2018) –On Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 24 and 25, the 20th Anniversary Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run race weekend was held on the Irvine Valley College campus with contributions totaling over $525,000 to help reach for a cure for pediatric cancer.

  • 2018 Scholarship Awardee: Grace

2018 Scholarship Awardee: Grace

We’d like you to meet another one of our 2018 PCRF Scholarship Awardees. Grace lives up to her name in every sense of the word by remaining positive and uplifting despite being given the worst possible news.

  • 2018 Scholarship Awardee: Ryan

2018 Scholarship Awardee: Ryan

We'd like you to meet Ryan - a warrior, pitcher and friend. Despite his diagnosis, he manages to find comfort during the tough days of missing out on his favorite sport - baseball.

  • 2018 Scholarship Awardee: Cecilia

2018 Scholarship Awardee: Cecilia

We’d like you to meet our 2018 PCRF Scholarship Awardees. We’re so incredibly inspired by their stories of strength, courage & resilience. Hear them now!


Children make up 10% of our cancer population, but they are 100% of our future! ~ Dr. Alex Huang, Case Western