In 1980, Cindy Brinker Simmons organized A Weekend at Willow Bend to Wipe Out Cancer.  A bake sale, t-shirt sale, a tennis and swim marathon, and horse show raised $6,000 for the Collin County American Cancer Society.

36 years and over $5.5 million later our mission is simple: work relentlessly for the day when children are living cancer free.

  • 1980s – funded various research projects: why cancer recurs in some children and not in others, brain tumor research and the study of genes in childhood cancer
  • 1983 – incorporated as a non-profit organization to fund pediatric research. The first project focused on acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) , then the most common disease killer of children under 18; these early studies on ALL helped pave the way for Children’s Medical Center Dallas to have worldwide prominence in this area of study
  • 1985 – launched the annual Tom Thumb Run for the Children and Oktoberfest 5K in Addison
  • 1987 – launched the Ambassador program, providing fun monthly events to pediatric cancer patients and their families
  • 1990s – initially funded the “After the Care Experience” program at Children’s, one of the first programs in the world to offer a continuum of follow-up care to cancer patients and monitor the late effects of cancer and its treatment; also funded studies in supportive cancer care, leukemia and brain tumors
  • 1998 – rebranded the organization with a new name, Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer (WOKC)
  • 2000s – funded research in bone tumors, leukemia and neuroblastoma
  • 2003 – established a Visiting Professor Endowment Fund for hematology/oncology; launched the annual WOKC Golf Classic
  • 2004 – attracted the generous, ongoing support of Texas Ranger Michael Young and his wife Cristina; furnished equipment to the new outpatient physical therapy room at Children’s; also began annually funding a Spanish Translator position for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
  • 2006 – began awarding annual scholarships to pediatric cancer survivors graduating from high school through the Young Heroes Scholarship program in honor of Michael Young
  • 2008 – launched the Buddy Bag program, which provides cancer patients and their families a rolling bag full of necessities when admitted to the hospital
  • 2010 – Expanded WOKC funding outside of Dallas with first grants totaling $125,000 to Cook Children’s in Fort Worth
  • 2011 – Expanded Buddy Bag program to Cook Children’s on June 1st
  • 2014 – Expanded the Ambassador program to Cook Children’s with 18 families in the first class and expanded the Buddy Bag program to Medical City Children’s
  • 2015 – Funded research grants in the amount of $500,000 (largest to date) to 5 hospitals in 4 states honoring 2 past Ambassadors
  • 2016 – Expanded our Ambassador Program to include Medical City Children’s