Coins for Kids with Cancer program provides a simple and easy way to raise money for childhood cancer. Change adds up quickly and gathering coins is something that everyone can do! Whether you are running a campaign yourself, with your school, or at work, Coins for Kids with Cancer empowers children and adults to take the initiative in the fight against pediatric cancer.
So why is Coins for Kids with Cancer so important?
Coins for Kids with Cancer exists because no one should have to suffer with childhood cancer.
Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the United States. Childhood cancer research is vastly underfunded. Currently, the National Cancer Institute gives less than 4% of its grants to childhood cancer; therefore, childhood cancer research is funded mostly from private and corporate donations.
On average, 35 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer every day in the United States. At present, childhood cancer cannot be prevented and the causes of most childhood cancers are unknown.
The Coins for Kids with Cancer campaign is part of the TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation which strives to raise awareness and fund research towards finding a cure for childhood cancer. In recent years, TCCF has awarded more than $1.7 million towards finding a cure for childhood cancer by funding patient programs and research projects across the country.
Schools that have previously run Coins for Kids with Cancer campaigns:
- Andrews Elementary, Plano
- Bright Elementary, Frisco
- Cobb Middle School, Frisco
- Cesar Chavez Elementary, Little Elm
- Fisher Elementary, Frisco
- Frisco High School, Frisco
- Hunt Elementary, Murphy
- Leadership Prep School, Frisco
- Matthews Elementary, Plano
- Miller Elementary, Richardson
- Murphy Middle School, Murphy
- Pioneer Middle School, Frisco
- Temple Emanuel, Dallas
- University of North Texas, Denton
Why was TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation started?Connor Cruse was a rambunctious four-year-old boy when he was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma. His fight with cancer lasted four years, with numerous procedures, treatments and surgeries. He was a valiant warrior with incredible faith and was a fighter to the very end.
In 2007, the TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation was created to serve families, build awareness, and raise funds for research to help cure childhood cancer. Connor lost his battle with cancer in 2009, but the fight continues in his name, for children across the country.