Each year in the U.S. approximately 12,000 children, about 1 in 285, are diagnosed with cancer. That equates to 43 children a day or 2 classrooms.
Cancer is the #1 disease killer of children in America, and the #2 after automobile accidents. More children will die from cancer than from AIDS, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis and asthma combined.
There are 5 children diagnosed with cancer for each 1 diagnosed with pediatric AIDS, yet only $20,000 is invested in cancer research for each $595,000 invested in pediatric AIDS research.
A full two-thirds of the children cured of cancer in childhood end up with at least one long term health problem from the treatment. More than 1/3 of childhood cancer survivors can expect to have life-threatening illness or serious chronic disease by the age of 45.
At Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer, we find this unacceptable. Our mission is simple: to work relentlessly for the day when children are living cancer free. Children are fighting valiantly every day to survive cancer, and their only hope of a cure is through more research. WOKC provides critical funding to key research initiatives on a national basis. Over the past 36 years, Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer has donated $5.5 million to hospitals and programs seeking better treatments and ultimately a cure. It is through these projects that we will find a cure and achieve our vision of a cancer free world.
One of the main goals of WOKC is to find cures through research. To meet this goal, WOKC provides grants to support meritorious research ranging from basic laboratory investigation to clinical management of pediatric cancers. For all awarded grants, collaboration with a pediatric cancer treatment center and an institution with basic and/or clinical research programs are encouraged.
Research Grants are offered to encourage the development of new information that contributes to the understanding, treatment, and cure of pediatric cancers. In addition, consideration will be given to those projects that provide insight into information that may contribute to the development of new therapies for pediatric cancers. All proposals must be hypothesis driven, and sufficient preliminary data must be provided to justify the WOKC support. Information derived from these studies should have high potential for sustainable future support from other funding agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
We are not accepting applications for Research Grants at this time. Please check back soon for information, updated guidelines, and application procedures.