Share Your Story
Sharing your story can be a powerful way to raise awareness for childhood cancer research.
Big Dreams Tour
James Orrigo’s “Big Dreams” tour, funded by CCRF, provides a creative experience for kids fighting cancer in hospitals around the country. James brings his guitar, along with a portable recording studio into a child’s hospital room and helps them write a song and animate a music video that expresses the child’s own creative ideas – the sillier, the better.
Cuddly C.C. Bear (Cure Cancer Bear) is available to those who need him most. Children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases, as well as their siblings, have been comforted by our lovable donor-supported teddy bear. Request bears or learn more.
Children’s Cancer Research Fund is proud to support Momcology, a nonprofit organization that connects and heals childhood cancer families through peer support. Momcology provides online support communities for parents and caregivers, national restorative weekend retreats, childhood cancer resources, self-care gifting campaigns and partnerships with like-minded organizations that benefit families and research. Visit Momcology to learn more and join the online support community.
Care Partners volunteers help make hospital stays and visits a little easier by providing support to families receiving care at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. Learn more about the services.
Siblings play a unique and important role in a family facing health care needs. They may experience a variety of emotions and need support to cope and communicate. Sibshops provides activities, crafts, games and field trips for siblings to learn and have fun. Hosted at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital on the second Saturday of each month, Sibshops is free for siblings from kindergarten through 12 years of age. Please note some dates are subject to change. Learn more or sign up for the next session.
Care Partners hosts a monthly dinner for patients and families at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. Complimentary food and beverages are provided and families can enjoy a short break from their hospital rooms. The dinner program is held the second Tuesday of each month.
Beads of Courage
As part of Care Partners, we fund Beads of Courage, an innovative therapeutic art program that lets cancer patients document their journeys with cancer. Patients tell their stories by using colorful beads which represent courage and important milestones achieved during treatment. The program is designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illnesses.
We’re proud to partner with CaringBridge, where you can start a free personal website to share important information quickly with family and friends during a health journey. The site is easy to use and you have complete control over the privacy settings, so your site is as private or public as you want it to be. Family and friends can stay informed without overwhelming you. Plus, they can post messages, photos and videos of support straight to your site.
Go to CaringBridge.org to create a website for yourself or someone else. Many of the families we work with at Children’s Cancer Research Fund have a CaringBridge website.
We support families fighting childhood cancer.
At CCRF, we work to amplify the stories of families experiencing childhood cancer. We understand that childhood cancer is a whole-family diagnosis. We are dedicated to funding resources and experiences that help kids and families as they navigate the difficult experience of cancer treatment and survivorship.
Your experience can create lasting change for childhood cancer research.
Share your story.
Sharing your experience of childhood cancer can raise awareness for what is needed in the world of childhood cancer research. There are many different ways to share your story, and our outreach coordinators (who are also cancer parents) can work with you to find what you’re most comfortable with.
We provide creative opportunities for kids experiencing cancer.
We partner with musician and artist James Orrigo to provide creative experiences for kids fighting cancer. James uses music, animation and virtual reality technology to bring kids’ imaginations to life.
Cuddly C.C. Bear (Cure Cancer Bear) is available to those who need him most. Children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases, as well as their siblings, can receive a free teddy bear. Just fill out the request form.
New in 2021! CCRF has created Camp Norden, located in Crosslake, MN, specifically for kids who have experienced childhood cancer – kids who too often miss out on this kind of adventure. Click below to learn more and let us know you’re interested.
Honor a child in your life who is experiencing cancer.
Start a fundraiser in honor of someone fighting cancer
More than half of all pediatric cancer research funding comes from CCRF and other foundations. Fundraisers like you are crucial to jumpstart new ideas and propel research forward. Your fundraiser will show the child and their family how much you care while raising vital funds for research.
Sign up for The Walk for Childhood Cancer Research
Join us for The Walk for Childhood Cancer Research. Start a team or sign up as an individual to walk and raise funds to move vital childhood cancer research forward. Sign up below to be the first to hear details about The Walk in September.
Shirts for change
Purchase a shirt to raise awareness for the need for childhood cancer research. Proceeds from each shirt support our mission to fund research and raise awareness.
We fund programs that support parents and caregivers.
Our partnership with Momcology
We are proud to financially support Momcology, a nonprofit that connects and helps heal childhood cancer families through peer support. Momcology provides online support communities for parents and caregivers as well as national restorative weekend retreats.
Below are a few resources that CCRF does not fund directly, but that childhood cancer families may find helpful.
Coalition Against Childhood Cancer (CAC2)
Children’s Cancer Research Fund is a member of this network of nonprofits, corporations and individuals supporting the childhood cancer community. CAC2 has an exhaustive list of resources on their website, divided by region. For additional help, please visit the Hope Portal database on the CAC2 website.
Pinky Swear Foundation
Childhood cancer families can apply for financial support for housing, gas and groceries, car payments, utility bills and more.
CCRF is a proud to promote CaringBridge, where families can start a free personal website to share important information quickly and securely with family and friends during a health journey. Go to CaringBridge.org to create a website for yourself or someone else. Many of the families we work with at Children’s Cancer Research Fund have a CaringBridge website.