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Care Partner Foundations

Alex’s Lemonade Foundation
Bryce Foundation
Children’s Cancer Foundation
Corey Gilger Foundation
Friedman Charitable Foundation
Heather Brooke Foundation
Herman and Walter Samuelson Foundation
Jane M. Johnston Foundation (Sunflower Miracle  Campaign)
Kirk Family Foundation
Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation
Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative

Optimist International
St. Baldrick’s Foundation
Team Tyler Foundation

Zachary Hebda Foundation


Alexs Lemonade Stand

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Sip Lemonade to Aid Against Childhood Cancer

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) shares the vision of its creator, Alexandra “Alex” Scott – a cure for all children with cancer. In 2004, when Alex died of cancer at the age of eight, her lemonade stand and inspiration had raised over $1 million. Since Alex set up her first lemonade stand in 2000—truly exemplifying the saying “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade”—the Foundation has raised more than $30 million, with more than $12 million coming from lemonade stands. Over $410,000 in research grants have been raised for the Kimmel Cancer Center Division of Pediatric Oncology.

In June of 2014, Alex's Lemonade Stand was on the Today show celebrating their 10 years of giving, featuring Don Small, Director of Pediatric Oncology.

Don Small

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Bryce Foundation

The Bryce Foundation was created in memory of Bryce Michael Anderson, who at the age of twenty-seven months lost his battle with leukemia.  The Bryce Foundation supports research efforts aimed at the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancers and parental education, advocacy, and financial assistance.

In 2008, The Bryce Foundation initiated the "Extra Mile" pediatric oncology nursing award at Johns Hopkins. This annual award is intended to recognize and inspire excellence in pediatric oncology nursing. On an annual basis, The Bryce Foundation provides a $1,000 award to each of four pediatric oncology nurses selected for their excellence in compassionate care.



Help raise the Children’s Tower

The Children's Cancer Foundation (CCF) is committed to raising funds for research and the treatment of cancers that affect children. For 27 years, Shirley Howard, CCF President and Founder, has been a champion for Johns Hopkins pediatric cancer patients.

Since 1985, CCF has generously funded a variety of building renovations, new construction projects, and research and programmatic initiatives totaling more than $8,000,000 for the Division of Pediatric Oncology. This includes $5,000,000 to build the Children’ Cancer Foundation Inpatient Unit in the new Children’s Tower.

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The Corey Gilger Foundation

Corey lost her battle with cancer on May 16, 2009, at the young age of 14. Corey had always been a loving, caring and compassionate girl. During Corey's illness, she spent much time at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and with her keen sense of compassion, became acutely aware of the mental and financial stress and burdens cancer places on families. Corey's last wish was to help families coping with cancer and to raise funds to help offset financial obligations, especially for those families at the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Unit.

The Corey Gilger Foundation was created to continue to honor Corey's wish and to keep her giving spirit alive. The Foundation has established a snack center on the eighth floor of the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Unit. Last Christmas¸ Corey’s Christmas Angels delivered quilts and pillowcases to keep our patients feeling warm and secure.

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Friedman Charitable Foundation


HeatherBrook Foundation

The Heather Brooke Foundation was established by Michelle Tepper and her family and friends in loving memory of her daughter, Heather Brooke Tepper. The Foundation’s goals include finding a cure for Ewing’s Sarcoma. Their annual golf tournaments have generated over $61,000 to support musculoskeletal tumor research and Camp Sunrise.

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Herman and Walter Samuelson Foundation


Sunflower Miracle

The Sunflower Miracle Campaign is a nonprofit organization, formed in loving honor of Jane Johnston, to fund recreational and entertainment activities for children who are fighting cancer. Ms. Johnston’s husband, Alex, made her dream a reality, bringing smiles to many children attending Camp Sunrise, which is sponsored by Johns Hopkins University.


Kirk Family Foundation

Pediatric Oncology Advisory Council member Pat Kirk and her husband remember one child who died of cancer. They act so that other children will have a better chance of survival.

Volunteer Consultant Patricia Kirk and her husband Don Kirk, President and CEO, Windsor Electric Co., Inc., have generously donated to Johns Hopkins through the Kirk Family Foundation. Most recently, they donated $150,000, in support of leukemia research, in memory of the son of one of Don’s employees at Windsor Electric.


Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation

The Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation was founded over forty years ago. Its volunteers work as a team dedicated to providing information regarding the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer. Members have raised funds for Camp Sunrise and patient care at Johns Hopkins for more than fifteen years. The Foundation can be justly proud of its many accomplishments in memory of Mildred Mindell.


St. Baldricks 

Be bold and be bald in the fight against childhood cancer

On March 17, 2000, reinsurance executives Tim Kenny, John Bender and Enda McDonnell turned their industry's St. Patrick's Day party into a benefit for kids with cancer. The event quickly grew into the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising program for childhood cancer research.

More than 144,000 volunteers, including over 12,000 women, have shaved their heads in solidarity with children with cancer, while requesting donations of support from friends and family. The Division of Pediatric Oncology has received $1,000,000 in support of childhood cancer research.

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Johns Hopkins Grant Recipient

Colleen Annesley, M.D.
Funded:  7/1/2012 – 6/30/2014
St. Baldrick’s Fellow
Total Grant Award:  $143,892

Dr. Annesley’s research focuses on acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a malignant cancer of the white blood cells. Each year in the United States, approximately 1,000 children are diagnosed with AML, and current chemotherapy treatment will only cure about 50 percent of these patients. Recently, two mutations of genes have been shown to contribute to the development of AML, but their effect on the development of leukemia is not well understood at this time. This project will attempt to find out how these mutations interact with each other, helping researchers to develop drugs that will interfere with this process and ultimately save lives.

Eric Raabe, Ph.D., M.D.
Funded: 7/1/2008 - 06/30/2014
St. Baldrick’s Fellow
St. Baldrick's Scholar 
Total Grant Award:  $330,000

Pediatric brain tumors form when the signals controlling normal brain development fail, and these remain one of the most difficult types of cancers to cure. Dr. Raabe is studying the process of how a neural stem cell turns into a normal brain cell, and investigating how to reprogram the out-of-control tumor cells into mature cells, to help to prevent and eradicate pediatric brain tumors.

Rachel Rau, M.D.
Funded:  7/1/2010 – 6/30/2012
St. Baldrick’s Fellow
Total Grant Award:  $203,318

Despite intense treatment, only approximately 50% of children with AML (acute myeloid leukemia) will survive. Many cases of AML have genetic abnormalities that likely contribute to the development of leukemia and impact the outcome of the patient. Two such mutations happen to occur together frequently in AML, mutations in a gene called nucleophosmin and a gene called Flt3. This research will study the relationship between these two gene mutations, to gain insight into the cause of leukemia and how best to treat patients who have these two common genetic mutations.

Edward Allan Sison, M.D.
Funded:  7/1/2011 – 6/30/2013
St. Baldrick’s Fellow
Total Grant Award:  $181,140

Leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells, is the most common cancer in children. While a majority can expect to be cured with chemotherapy, a significant number either never go into remission, or relapse. One theory as to why certain leukemias do this is that normal, non-cancerous cells in the bone marrow can help small populations of leukemia cells evade chemotherapy-induced death, leading to relapse. This research project focusing on a protein called CXCR4, is to find a way to make chemotherapy more effective and may lead directly to clinical trials in children with high-risk leukemias that will improve cure rates.

Christopher Gamper, M.D., Ph.D.
Funded:  7/1/2010 – 6/30/2013
St. Baldrick’s Scholar
Total Grant Award:  $330,000

Chemotherapy and radiation destroy both cancer cells and normal cells, with toxic effects on growing children during treatment and afterwards. Immunotherapy has the potential to destroy only cancer cells, but it has not lived up to its full potential because cancer cells can promote inappropriate immune responses or simply turn immune cells off. This research will examine the function of T cells that lack the ability to methylate DNA; such cells may be better at killing tumors. This may help more patients with high-risk pediatric tumors, and decrease the risk of late-effects by reducing the need for more chemotherapy and radiation.

Ido-Paz-Priel, M.D.
Funded:  7/1/2008 – 6/30/2013
St. Baldrick’s Scholar
Total Grant Award:  $560,000

Based on progress to date, Dr. Paz-Priel was awarded a new grant in 2011 to fund an additional two years of this Scholar award. Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) is the third leading cause of cancer related mortality in children. Only about half of the children with AML are cured with current approaches. Dr. Paz-Priel will be working to identify how these cancer cells resist chemotherapy and survive, with the ultimate result of helping to find ways to cure these children.

Linda Resar, M.D.
Funded:  7/1/2011 – 6/30/2013
Research Grant
Total Grant Award:  $100,000

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common childhood cancer and a leading cause of cancer death in children. The gene HMGA1 causes normal cells to transform into leukemia cells, and blocking HMGA1 kills leukemia cells. Other genes cooperate with HMGA1 to cause leukemia. Dr. Resar is studying agents that block these genes and could be adapted for use in therapy. These studies will provide a paradigm for treatment of ALL with microRNA replacement therapy and other small molecules, with plans to translate successful studies to the clinic to improve outcomes for children with ALL.  

Kathy Ruble, Ph.D.
Funded:  7/1/2012 – 6/30/2013
Supportive Care Research Grant
Total Grant Award:  $60,973

Dr. Ruble’s research focuses on the long-term effects that many children face as childhood cancer survivors, taking a special look at ways to use physical activity to lower their chances of developing various health problems. With less than 50 percent of survivors getting enough exercise, this project aims to find the best way to support survivors in changing behaviors and being healthy. The study will include a group exercise intervention with a psychosocial component that includes the parent. The new state of the art Children’s Center will be the venue for this cutting edge intervention.


Team Tyler Foundation

Four University of Maryland women’s basketball players on  the 2006 Title team started the Team Tyler Foundation in November 2011 in honor of Brenda Frese’s son Tyler. Tyler, one of her two-year old twin sons, was diagnosed with leukemia and the former stars wanted to raise awareness and money for leukemia research. “this battle isn’t about coaching,” says Frese. “It’s about real life.”
Team Tyler puts on a Full court Press to fight Cancer
Team Tyler Foundation donated $10,000
Maryland and Virginia Tech Game on February, 24, 2011
Team Tyler Foundation



Optimist International

Be an Optimist and contribute to the end of childhood cancer

Meeting the needs of young people in communities worldwide, Optimist Clubs have been "Bringing Out the Best in Kids" since 1919. In 2010, Optimist International completed a $1,000,000 pledge commitment to establish an endowed research fellowship program in the Kimmel Cancer Center Division of Pediatric Oncology – The Optimist International Research Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. The funding agreement is the largest ever given by the Optimists.

The fellowship program serves as a catalyst in advancing the work of young, enthusiastic investigators with fresh ideas that will form the foundation of future clinical trials. The current Johns Hopkins Optimist International Research Fellow is Dr. Eric Schafer. Dr. Schafer will be conducting laboratory investigations that will lead to a novel clinical protocol for pediatric patients with MLL-rearranged leukemias.

Watch the interview with Dr. Schafer and Morgan

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The Zachary Hebda Foundation

Pediatric Oncology Advisory Council member Joe Hebda ensures the legacy of Zachary Hebda in the fight against childhood cancer

Hebda Foundation
The Zachary Hebda Foundation: Members from National Security
Administration and AT&T present a check for $70,000 for research.
The Foundation has donated over $356,000 to support pediatric
cancer research at Johns Hopkins since 2001.

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Remember Zachary Hebda and support BMT
To celebrate the life of Zachary Hebda, who at the age of five lost his battle with childhood cancer, the Zachary Hebda Foundation was established to support cancer research at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. In celebration of Zack’s life, his family and friends have channeled their love for him into two annual charity events, Zack’s Run, a 5K race and one-mile fun run, and the Zachary Hebda Foundation Gala. Since 2001, the foundation has donated over $356,000 to support bone marrow transplantation research at Johns Hopkins.

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