Who We Are

Who We Are

Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer (WOKC) is a 40-year old pediatric cancer research organization founded in 1980. WOKC has funded over $5.5 million in the crusade against pediatric cancer. As a registered 501(c)(3), your donation is tax deductible.

Our History

1980s
1983
1985
1987
1990s
1998
2000s
2003
2004
2006
2008
2010
2011
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020

1980s

Incorporated a non-profit organization with the goal of supporting novel groundbreaking pediatric cancer research.

1983

The first major project funded focused on Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), most common disease killer of children under 18. Paved the way for Children’s Medical Center Dallas to have the worldwide prominence.

1985

Launched the annual Tom Thumb Run for the Children at Oktoberfest in Addison.  34 years later it is still running!! In 2019, renamed to the Warrior Run and Dash to Smash Kid’s Cancer.

1987

Launched the Ambassador Program, which provides fun events for children with cancer, their siblings and parents.

1990s

Initial funding of 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. Funded studies in supportive cancer care, leukemia and brain tumors.

1998

The organization was renamed to Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer (WOKC).

2000s

Funded research in bone tumors, leukemia and neuroblastoma

2003

Funded the Visiting Professor Endowment Fund at Children’s for hematology/oncology; and hosted the first WOKC Golf Classic

2004

Texas Ranger Michael Young and wife Cristina supported WOKC programs for children with cancer. WOKC committed to 5-year funding of Spanish Translator for Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

2006

Young Heroes Scholarship established in honor of Michael Young providing scholarships to pediatric cancer survivors graduating high school.

2008

Launched the Buddy Bag Program, a rolling suitcase filled with comfort and hygiene items delivered to children on their first day of admission to the hospital for cancer diagnosis. The Buddy Bag Program is WOKC signature program.

2010

Funded 5-hospital collaboration study “Metabolic Syndrome in Childhood Brain Tumor Survivors Relapse Study on Medulloblastoma” between Cook Children’s (Fort Worth), Children’s Medical Central (Dallas), MD Anderson (Houston), Tx Children’s (Houston), Children’s Hospital (Ok City), resulted in Cook Children’s CPRIT Grant of $1.9 million and participation in joint trail with St. Jude’s (Memphis).

2011

Funded $160,000 to Cook Children’s for development of “I-MIGB treatment Unit for Neuroblastoma”.  Prior to this, children had to travel to Michigan, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Philadelphia or Boston for treatment.

Expanded Buddy Bag Program to Cook Children’s Hospital Fort Worth.

2014

Expanded the Ambassador program to Cook Children’s; expanded the Buddy Bag Program to Medical City.

2015

Provided seed funding of $135,000 to Dr. Michael Hogarty at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), for study “Mechanisms of Polyaminins Depletion Anti-Tumor Activity in Neuroblastoma” producing additional NIH funding of $1.5 million (2018)

2016

Expanded the Ambassador Program to Medical City Children’s Dallas.

2017

Hired a new experienced CEO to further grow the organization.

2018

Luke Laufenberg became the Run Marshall for the 33rd Run for the Children at Oktoberfest; Luke valiantly fought Burkitt’s Leukemia until earning his Angel Wings August, 2019.

Jersey Mike’s 10-year Corporate-Community Partnership exceeds $1 million!!

2019

Contributed to the largest pediatric Acute Myeloid Leukemia (TpAML) genetic study (Whole Genome Sequencing) in U.S. by supporting a computational biologist to analyze biobanked genetic information.  Ambassador Program renamed the Warrior Family Program; expanded corporate supporters to include the Texas Roughriders, Cleburne Railroaders, and Dallas Rattlers along with Texas Legends.

2020

40th Anniversary (1980 – 2020) of Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer, created by visionary founder Cindy Brinker Simmons

In 1980, Cindy Brinker Simmons organized “A Weekend at Willow Bend to Wipe Out Cancer“. Our mission is simple: To work relentlessly for the day when children are living cancer free. 40 years later, WOKC  has been recognized as one of the oldest pediatric cancer research non-profit organization in the U.S.
 

Our Team

LaCarl Satcher

Stefan Noe

John Dankovchik