The story of the Children’s Cancer Research Fund begins in 1979, when thirteen-year old Katie Hageboeck was nearing the end of her sixteen-month battle with leukemia. Before her death, Katie requested that her savings for a new ten-speed bike be given instead to a little-known fund at the University of Minnesota called the Children’s Cancer Research Fund. At that time, the federal government was cutting back on funding for pediatric cancer research and to maintain potentially life-saving research progress, families with children being treated at the hospital would literally pass around a hat in the waiting room. Katie’s parents, Diana and Norm, vowed to support the research being conducted at the University of Minnesota. Two years after Katie’s untimely death, the Hageboecks organized a fundraising event called Dawn of a Dream, which has since become the signature gala of the Children’s Cancer Research Fund, Today, CCRF is a national nonprofit that supports groundbreaking research leading to better children’s cancer treatments and cures.
The fund is currently accepting applications for its Emerging Scientist Award. Through the program, grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded in support of independent research by highly-qualified early-career investigators whose research projects have direct applicability and relevance to pediatric cancer. Research may be conducted in any discipline of basic, clinical, translational, or epidemiological science.
Eligible applicants should hold a post-graduate doctoral degree in a field of medicine or scientific research specialty; be a faculty member at an accredited university; and be within the first seven years of their initial independent full faculty appointment at the time of the award. In addition, the researcher’s institution must be located in the United States.
See the Children's Cancer Research Fund for complete program guidelines and application instructions.