Whether the mission of the organization is to fund cancer research grants, or to provide emotional healing for all those touched by cancer, these organizations are at the heart of our continued success and ultimate goal, to find a cure for childhood cancer.
In addition to grants and private donations, the success and growth of our institution is largely supported by non-profit organizations and professional affiliations. Many of these groups are charities that support one or more children’s hospitals. Some charitable organizations provide various measures of support for families of a child with cancer, while others are dedicated to cancer prevention and awareness.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. Learn more at www.alexslemonade.org.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. Learn more at www.cancer.org
Beading Cancer is a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating the stresses to patients and their families associated with the treatment of cancer and related therapies. Visit their Facebook Page
Bo’s Place offers a unique program that provides support to children who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling. Bo’s Place is founded on the belief that children need to share with other grieving children in order to heal. Bo’s Place offers the only ongoing program for grieving children and their families in the Greater Houston Area. Learn more at www.bosplace.org
Cancer Counseling, Inc.
Cancer Counseling, Inc., a non-profit health care agency founded in 1982, provides free professional counseling for cancer patients, their families, and friends. The professional staff includes 24 psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers with a minimum of 10 years experience that work for Cancer Counseling at a reduced rate out of their own private practice offices. Cancer Counseling provides individual and family counseling as well as group therapy. Individual counseling is offered in English and Spanish. The mission of Cancer Counseling is to assist patients and their families in coping with the emotional effects of cancer on their lives though no-cost professional counseling and community education. Learn more at www.cancercounseling.info
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance
The purpose of Candlelighters CCFA is to provide emotional, educational, and practical support to children with cancer and their families. In addition, Candlelighters CCFA desires to promote childhood cancer awareness and the need for childhood cancer education and research in our community. Learn more at www.candle.org
Carousel, Friends of the Texas Children’s Cancer Center
Carousel, Friends of the Texas Children’s Cancer Center, was founded in April of 2004. Carousel is a board of young professionals created under the Advisory Board of Texas Children’s Cancer Center. The original 19 young professionals have a desire to give back to our community and raise awareness for the largest pediatric cancer and hematology program in the nation. Learn more at www.carouselfriends.org
Children’s Miracle Network
Learn more at www.childrensmiraclenetwork.ca
Clayton Dabney Foundation
The Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer provides needy families, with children in the last stages of terminal cancer, assistance in creating everlasting memories. The assistance is arranged through the parents and is anonymous to the child. Learn more at www.claytondabney.org
Curing Children’s Cancer Fund
The mission of the Curing Children’s Cancer Fund is to find a cure for childhood cancer by providing financial support for some of the country’s leading pediatric cancer researchers, including those at Texas Children’s Cancer Center. The results of the cutting-edge research are disseminated nationally and internationally, and benefit children throughout the world. Learn more at www.cccfund.org
DonnaBella’s Angels provides inspirational healing art to medical clinics and wellness centers. Donations help cover the cost of producing original art, and art prints so they can be made available at no cost or with a minimal fee to medical clinics. Learn more at www.donnabellasangels.org
Flashes of Hope
Flashed of Hope is a national nonprofit organization that changes the way children with cancer see themselves through the gift of photography and raised money for pediatric cancer research. Learn more at flashesofhope.org
The Children’s Grand Adventure
The Children’s Grand Adventure arose from common and passionate desires to introduce two of this world’s greatest and most moving beauties – the majesty of nature and the celebration of survival. The Children’s Grand Adventure was founded in 2008 by native Houstonian Stacey Kayem, whose family, friends and loved ones are source of enduring support. The program benefits from a coordinated effort with the Medical Directors and staff of Texas Children’s Cancer Center, including Dr. ZoAnne Dreyer, Medical Director, Long Term Survivor Clinic; Dr. Mona Shah and Lisa McCoy, Assistant Director of Donor Relations. The Children’s Grand Adventure continues to grow thanks to the numerous gracious donors and benefactors who share in the vision of longer, better, more vibrant lives for young survivors of cancer. Learn more at thegrandadventure.net
Houston Children’s Charity
Houston Children’s Charity is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of underprivileged, handicapped and abused children in the Greater Houston community who have been otherwise left behind. The purpose of Houston Children’s Charity is to provide assistance to those agencies or individuals who lack sufficient funds to meet their own needs. Their goal is to leave no legitimate request for assistance unanswered. Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers are one of over 40 agencies in Houston and the surrounding communities that are generously supported by Houston Children’s Charity. Learn more at www.houstonchildrenscharity.org
Learn more at www.johnnykickscancer.org
Layla Grace Foundation
Learn more at www.laylagrace.org
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is dedicated to funding research for cures for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, myeloma and other blood-related cancers, and to improving the quality of life for patients and their families. Since it’s founding in 1949, the society has provided more than $200 million for research specifically targeting blood-related cancers. The Society’s Texas Gulf Coast Chapter serves 40 counties from its office in Houston. The chapter raises money for research, patient services, education and advocacy. With a dedicated local Board of Trustees and its many volunteers, the chapter provides valuable services to its patients and donors, and to its community as a whole. Learn more at www.leukemia-lymphoma.org
Love Street Alliance
Love Street is dedicated to improving children’s lives through the healing and enriching power of music. Learn more at www.lovestreetalliance.org
Mothers Against Cancer
Mothers Against Cancer is a Kingwood organization comprised of volunteer mothers who are dedicated to improving the survival and quality of life for children with cancer. Mother’s Against Cancer has a goal to raise children’s cancer research funds specifically for the Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Learn more at www.mothersagainstcancer.org.
Nick’s Team was founded in June of 2007 when a group of dedicated, energetic “Soccer Moms” led by Adriana Gonzalez and Ana Matamoras decided they wanted to do something to help Nick and his family. To raise money they organized a 6 vs. 6 Soccer Tournament. Six months later, with the encouragement of Nick and his family, they turned their little soccer tournament into its own foundation dedicated to helping EVERY child who is fighting childhood cancer. Learn more at www.cccfund.org
Parents Against Cancer
Parents Against Cancer is dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer. They began their mission in 1997 and for the past six years have funded an experimental drug for brain tumors in young children. Through their partnership and financial support with Texas Children’s Cancer Center, they have been able to assist Texas Children’s researchers in their development and testing of such groundbreaking drugs.
The Periwinkle Foundation
The Periwinkle Foundation develops and provides programs that positively change the lives of children, young adults and families who are challenged by cancer and other life threatening illnesses and are cared for at Texas Children’s Hospital.
Each year more than 4,000 children are touched by Periwinkle programs Camp Periwinkle, Camp YOLO, Family Camp, the Long Term Survivor Program and the Arts & Creative Writing Program which culminates each year in a traveling exhibition of art by children touched by cancer and blood disorders. Through camping, recreational and arts programming, The Periwinkle Foundation provides opportunities for these special children and their families to heal emotionally, lead fuller lives and become stronger survivors. With the generous help of our friends and supporters in the community, The Periwinkle Foundation changes lives for life. Learn more at www.periwinklefoundation.org
Pin Oak Charity Horse Show
The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest and most respected horse shows in the country. Founded by J.S. Abercrombie in 1945, the horse show became the social event of the season. By 1948, Mr. Abercrombie had a vision to establish a children’s hospital in Houston. To insure that the vision became a reality, Mr. Abercrombie made a long-term commitment to raise funds through the horse show to construct Texas Children’s Hospital and to continue to contribute financial support for daily operations of the hospital. To date the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show has given close to $4 million dollars to Texas Children’s and to fellow beneficiary, Ronald McDonald House of Houston. For additional information on Pin Oak please call 713-621-6290. Learn more at www.pinoak.org
Purple Songs Can Fly
Purple Songs Can Fly is a unique project that provides a musical outlet for the many children being treated for cancer or blood disorders at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers. In this pilot program, which is the first of its kind, the children and their siblings work with Anita Kruse and other professional composers to write and record their own songs. Using the latest technology in an in-house studio, composers work with the children individually or in small groups to compose, record, and burn songs to disc within short sessions. Learn more at www.purplesongscanfly.org.
The Ready or Not Foundation
The Ready or Not Foundation is committed to funding specific pediatric brain cancer research at Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Learn more at www.readyornotfoundation.org
Ronald McDonald House of Houston
The Ronald McDonald House of Houston is a home-away-from-home for the families of children undergoing treatment for cancer or other serious illnesses at hospitals in the Texas Medical Center.
Each year, thousands of children travel to Houston to be treated for serious illnesses. For their families, anxiety over the child’s illness is often compounded by lengthy hospital stays, months of outpatient treatment, and the expense of being away from home.
To be with their children, whole families-brothers, sisters, and grandparents-spend their days and nights in hotels or in hospital lounges. Removed from relatives and friends, families need a warm, loving place to be with their children during the outpatient treatment period.
The Ronald McDonald of House answers this need. It provides a place where the whole family can stay in a home-like environment. Families find support as they share with other families who are also undergoing the trauma of childhood illness. Learn more at www.rmhhouston.org
The Ryan Batman Williams Foundation
The Ryan Batman Williams Foundation is a 501 c(3) non-profit charitable organization committed to helping those fighting pediatric cancer by both raising awareness and funds for research and to provide assistance for the families. Family and friends established the foundation in early 2009 in memory of Ryan, a.k.a. “Batman,” a true superhero who bravely battled Neuroblastoma. He earned his angel wings at 5 years of age on July 9, 2008. His complete journey starting at diagnosis is recorded in his caringbridge journal. Learn more at ryanbatmanwilliams.org.
The Snowdrop Foundation
The Snowdrop Foundation is dedicated to assisting patients and families at Texas Children’s Cancer Center through funding for continued research to eliminate childhood cancer and scholarships for college bound pediatric cancer patients and survivors. Learn more at www.snowdropfoundation.org
St. Baldrick’s Foundation
St. Baldrick’s Foundation was founded in 2000 as three executives shaved their heads to raise money for childhood cancer. The event has become the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising program for childhood cancer research and events now take place in 28 countries and in all 50 states. The foundation now funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. Government. Learn more at www.stbaldricks.org