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Where the Money Goes

Your donations fund research that brings better treatments and cures to children with cancer.

ALSF also provides emotional, financial and logistical support to childhood cancer families that makes their challenges more manageable. Programs like SuperSibs and Travel For Care have an immediate impact on families dealing with a childhood cancer diagnosis.

Where the Money Goes

Your donations fund research that brings better treatments and cures to children with cancer.

ALSF also provides emotional, financial and logistical support to childhood cancer families that makes their challenges more manageable. Programs like SuperSibs and Travel For Care have an immediate impact on families dealing with a childhood cancer diagnosis.

More than 800 grants funded at 135 institutions

The ALSF Grant Program funds research every step of the way—from early stage innovative research all the way through to lifesaving clinical trials for kids with cancer.

ALSF’s new initiatives are having an impact on research worldwide—the ALSF Childhood Cancer Data Lab and the upcoming Crazy 8 Initiative are bringing together the brightest minds from around the globe to fight childhood cancer. 

ALSF is also the only childhood cancer research organization that has been given the NCI peer-reviewed funder designation for rigorous selection of research grants.

When you donate, you are a part of the cutting-edge research breakthroughs that will ultimately help kids beat cancer.

Learn more about the projects ALSF funds

ALSF uses big data for a bigger impact. The Childhood Cancer Data Lab (CCDL) is an informatics lab that accelerates the pace of finding cures for childhood cancer.

Using artificial intelligence and deep learning, the CCDL has refined all publicly available data. The result: The largest set of harmonized data that exists. What's even better is that accessing and sharing data is free to researchers. We train scientists to put this incredibly valuable information to the best use possible.

Visit the data lab website

Helping Families

Having a child with cancer is one of the most difficult situations a family can face.

ALSF is committed to providing support and resources to families that will make their days a little easier and their challenges more manageable.

The ALSF Travel For Care program helps to offset travel expenses for families who must travel to receive potentially lifesaving treatment for a child. In addition to this, brothers and sisters of cancer patients often face complex emotions as their family is thrown into the turmoil of managing a child’s treatment. ALSF’s one-of-a-kind SuperSibs program is dedicated to comforting, encouraging, and empowering siblings as their brother or sister fights cancer.

Learn more about our family services

Meet a Childhood Cancer Hero

At age 11, Taylor was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. After two relapses, a clinical trial made possible by an infrastructure grant from ALSF gave Taylor and her family hope.

The Crazy 8 Initiative

Everyone talks about finding cures, but no one has a plan. We have the plan—the Crazy 8 Initiative.

ALSF has always been about collaboration and working together to find cures. As a leader in funding childhood cancer research and accelerating cures, the organization has facilitated unprecedented collaboration between the brightest minds in childhood cancer research from around the globe.

In the spirit of growing that collaboration, ALSF is launching the Crazy 8 Initiative to detail roadmaps for cures for specific, hard-to-treat childhood cancers and pressing topics of the childhood cancer community. We want to know what needs to happen to move the needle for kids with cancer and how much it will cost.

The Crazy 8 Initiative kicked off with a meeting that brought together an expansive group of over 100 top scientists and researchers from around the world to share their expertise in eight key areas to tackle the big question:

How can we find better treatments and cures for childhood cancer?

Learn about the Crazy 8 Initiative

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Every contribution helps advance ALSF's goals to find a cure and help families.

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