Donate Now! Make a difference and help us find a cure for childhood leukemia through our grass roots advocacy and awareness campaigns to fund cutting-edge research grants needed right now.
The Mission of the JohnnyKicksCancer Foundation
To cure childhood leukemia through awareness and research, as well as to empower and encourage patients, families and doctor’s in their fight against the number one childhood cancer. The JohnnyKicksCancer Foundation also awards scholarships to pediatric oncology fellows encouraging them to specialize in leukemia research and treatment, helping us bring childhood leukemia to the forefront of childhood cancer research.
What is childhood leukemia?
Leukemia is the most common childhood cancer, accounting for 26% of cancers occurring before the age of 20. The two main types of childhood leukemia are acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), accounting for about three-fourths of leukemia’s and acute myeloid leukemia (AML), accounting for most of the remainder. ALL is a malignancy of lymphoid cells, a type of white blood cell found primarily in blood, bone marrow, lymph nodes, spleen, liver and the thymus. AML is a malignancy of the granulocyte family of white blood cells, found mainly in blood and bone marrow.
Why we need your help:
Childhood cancer is considered ‘rare’, yet it is the number one killer by disease of children, more than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies, and pediatric AIDS combined. Today, forty-six kids (a little more than two, full first grade classrooms) will be diagnosed with cancer, one in 300 before the age of 20, 12,500 every year, with 40,000 in treatment each day. Today, seven children will die — this year, 4,000 will not live to see their next birthday. Childhood leukemia research is woefully underfunded. Researchers need our help to put an end to the most common type of childhood cancer and the leading cause of death by disease — leukemia, once and for all.
How JKC is different?
Our focus is to find a cure specifically for childhood leukemia, by funding cutting-edge research and support for National Cancer Institutions (NCI) and Children’s Oncology Group (COG) institutions, by improving clinical trial access, and infrastructures. Through our grass-roots advocacy and awareness campaign, we are bringing the most ‘common’ childhood cancer – leukemia – to the forefront of cancer research, and encouraging new pediatric fellows to specialize in childhood leukemia.
What you can do:
Donate. Your generous donations will fund grants specifically for childhood leukemia research. Get involved. Write your legislators, Senators, Congressmen and Congresswomen demanding increased funding and appropriations for childhood cancers. Volunteer. As JKC grows, we will have opportunities for you to help make a difference in our community. Register. Become a blood and bone marrow donor in your community.