Photo courtesy of National Pediatric Cancer Foundation
National Pediatric Cancer Foundation

The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research to eliminate childhood cancer. Its focus is to fund research to find less toxic, more targeted therapies by partnering with leading hospitals nationwide.

Pediatric cancer is the No. 1 cause of death by disease for children. Most pediatric cancer patients are treated with adult therapies because there are so few treatments for children. Compounding this challenge, only 4 percent of government funding is spent on pediatric cancer research.

To more effectively battle pediatric cancer and to offset the deficit in government spending, NPCF has created a unique research collaboration. It partners with doctors and researchers at 24 leading hospitals nationwide, and funds millions in research for basic science, treatment initiatives, and clinical trials. Eighty-eight percent of every dollar spent supports its mission.

Help the fight to end childhood cancer by joining NPCF's community of area sponsors, serve on event committees, or volunteer. Feel free to donate or register to volunteer directly through the website here.

Fashion Funds the Cure is an inspiring, upbeat fashion show celebrating the strength and courage of girls and boys battling cancer. The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation produces a spectacular event showcasing pediatric cancer patients and what they want to be when they grow up, modeling their dream for their future and inspiring hope. Local children battling cancer are the featured models, who keep the clothing they model once the show is completed. Hair, makeup, nails, and clothing services are also provided on the day of pampering.

Guests are treated to food and libations from some of the area’s restaurants and caterers. There is also entertainment and a live and silent auction culminating in an uplifting atmosphere of hope for the health and future of the featured children.