The Babich Family Foundation RUNX1 Research Program is a non-profit organization committed to finding a cure for RUNX1 FPD/AML and to support patients in the RUNX1 community by providing a forum in which to help connect, inform and educate patients on the disorder. In addition to providing grants for relevant research projects, the program hopes to build public awareness, educating both patients and healthcare providers on the latest research regarding the disorder.
We are thrilled to partner with the charities below to co-fund projects and thank them for their persistence and dedication to fighting against childhood cancer.
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a 501(c) 3 national organization founded in 1992 by CEO/President, Kathleen A. Casey and her son, Barrett “Bear” Krupa, who lost his life to pediatric cancer in 1993. Currently, Bear Necessities funds pediatric cancer research (Bear Discoveries) nationwide & The Bear Hugs Program in Chicago that offers patients comfort and courage through everyday acts of caring because of their understanding that the little things do mean a lot.
The Cure4Cam Childhood Cancer Foundation supports the development of new, more effective and safer therapies to treat childhood cancer. Today’s standard treatments can be highly toxic, creating intolerable side effects and causing lasting health issues. Cure4Cam was founded in honor of Cameron Evans, a top runner for his middle school cross country team with a passion for technology, who, only days after competing in a middle school championship cross country race, was diagnosed with leukemia. After a tough fight, Cameron passed away at age 14. The Cure4Cam Foundation raises money to fund new and innovative cancer research to develop therapies that target individual cancer cells.
Flashes of Hope is a nonprofit organization that changes the way children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography and raises money for pediatric cancer research. The portraits, taken by award-winning photographers, help children feel better about their changing appearance by celebrating it. For families of terminally ill children, it's especially important to have a portrait that preserves forever the beauty, grace and dignity of their child. Founded by a 10-year old cancer patient, their Kick-It program raises money for children’s cancer research by supporters playing kickball. Flashes of Hope’s goal is to photograph every child until every child is cured.
The I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation was founded by Beth and Brad Besner in honor of their son Ian who died in May, 2006 at 11 years of age from complications related to his leukemia treatments. The Besners knew they needed to devote their efforts to educating the public about and finding gentler, more humane cures for childhood cancer. They created the Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, that supports research focused on discovering drugs that target cancer cells only, while leaving healthy cells intact. With targeted treatments, patients should have fewer painful side effects and fewer long-term health problems.
Marshall County Childhood Cancer Awareness Corporation was started in July of 2016. Founders are Brenda Crow and Brenda Frohnapfel. Brenda Crow is a school secretary who has been raising money for childhood cancer for two years. Brenda Frohnapfel is a school bus driver who lost her daughter, Abby, to AML leukemia in August of 2015. Abby was an honors student at John Marshall High School and was very active in her school, church, and community. Abby was a healthy teen until her diagnoses. Her form of cancer was extremely fast growing, and she passed away after only 57 days. She was 16 years old. The Frohnapfel family is very happy to be in on the forming of the MCCCAC. They feel it is a wonderful way to honor Abby.
The Brian Morden Foundation (BMF) funds childhood cancer research, supports patients, family, and staff of pediatric oncology units, awards scholarships, educates and raises awareness about childhood cancer. The BMF was created in memory of Brian, a courageous 19 year old, who battled Ewing's Sarcoma for more than two years. He lost the battle on February 15, 2003, but his family, friends, and many others who only knew Brian by reputation have vowed to continue the fight against childhood cancer.
The Butterfly Foundation, also known as The Brittany Pasqual Pediatric Oncology Research Foundation, was created in 2002 in memory of 5-year-old Brittany Pasqual who succumbed to the same cancer as Alex Scott, neuroblastoma. In an effort to eliminate pediatric cancers, The Butterfly Foundation is dedicated to investigating and discovering the causes of pediatric cancer; developing effective strategies to prevent pediatric cancer; and educating and empowering those who are dealing with pediatric cancer through advocacy programs.
The Swifty Foundation was created to celebrate the life of Michael Gustafson who died in 2013 at the age of 15 from brain cancer. Prior to Michael’s death, his parents decided to use the money they would have invested in Michael’s life, for education, support, and inheritance, and start a foundation. Michael was charged with choosing the mission and name.