CancerFree KIDS

Eradicating cancer as a life-threatening disease in children by funding promising research that might otherwise go unfunded.

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MISSION: Our mission at CancerFree KIDS is to eradicate cancer as a life-threatening disease in children by funding promising research that might otherwise go unfunded.

SERVING OUR COMMUNITY: CancerFree KIDS funds early-stage pediatric cancer research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. Just 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget goes to pediatric cancers. Even more startling, there are only 35 drugs approved to treat children’s cancers, compared to hundreds in use for adults, and the drugs that do exist are outdated and harsh on children’s bodies. CancerFree KIDS exists to bridge this gap. We provide seed funding for high risk/high reward research that holds the promise to produce more effective and gentler treatment options for kids. As a result of the $7 million we have invested since 2002, our researchers have gone on to receive more than $71 million in subsequent funding to continue their research.

Top Executive Staff
Jill Brinck, Executive Director
Ellen Flannery, Founder & Director of Research Grants
Alicia Lehnert, Vice President of Development

Board Leadership
Al Early, Board of Trustees Chair, Vice President and Principal, Consulting Services, CBTS
Frank Smith, Scientific Advisory Committee Chair, Senior Vice President, Medpace
Andy Cassady, Emerging Leaders Board Chair, Partner, Dinsmore

Throughout the year, CancerFree KIDS hosts events to support our mission. We invite you to participate, volunteer, sponsor, or support us all year round!

  • Night for the Fight, Winter 2023: High school students come together for a 12- hour overnight event. This student-led initiative allows students to gain philanthropic and leadership experience while making new connections and enjoying fun activities.
  • Butterfly Walk, Spring 2023: Our family fun day and inspirational walk exists to honor all kids who have battled childhood cancer and remember those for whom a cure did not come soon enough.
  • 100 Mile Challenge, September 2023: CancerFree KIDS challenges you to complete 100 miles of activity and raise $100 to support our mission during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Celebration of Champions, Fall 2023: Supporters come together for our dinner and auction to celebrate our Champions—kids who have battled childhood cancer. The evening includes an engaging live program and After Party Concert.

420 W. Loveland Ave.
Loveland, OH 45140
(513) 575-5437

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