Fuel the Fight Against the Deadliest Childhood Cancer

More children die from brain cancers than from any other cancer. Because brain tumors can form in areas that control movement, speech, vision and thinking, a diagnosis that occurs while a little body is still growing is terrifying.

Pediatric brain tumor research is on the verge of revolutionary findings. Cheers for CHOP will help fund the discoveries that will transform children’s lives by:

  1. Helping to launch the Clinical Research Unit, which will drive innovative new investigations.
  2. Creating new data-sharing tools and making them available to researchers globally to speed discovery.
  3. Using the power of genetic findings to personalize chemotherapy and radiation regimens for each child.
  4. Continuing to expand our brain tumor biorepository and mine the invaluable information it holds.

Our Inspiration

Our inspiring patients are the reason why we started Cheers for CHOP — and why we continue to support the work of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s brilliant clinicians and researchers.

Jaxson’s Story

Smiling patient Jaxson

Jaxson was just 1 year old when he was diagnosed at CHOP with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer. He underwent surgery to remove the tumor and intensive chemotherapy and proton radiation. Today, he is a happy, fun, active little boy.

Jillian’s Story

Smiling patient Jillian

At age 4, Jillian was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a fast-growing, high-grade tumor in her brain and spinal cord. She was hospitalized for six months and underwent six courses of high-dose chemotherapy and three stem cell transplants. After she was discharged, she served as an ambassador for CHOP’s 2017 Parkway Run & Walk, which raises funds for cancer research. Sadly, two months after the run, Jillian passed away.

Liam’s Story

Smiling patient Liam

It was discovered that Liam had a brain tumor after he fell off a trampoline and hit his head. He underwent surgery at CHOP to remove the tumor and endured 36 cycles of radiation as well as chemotherapy. Today, he is back to doing his favorite things: biking and skateboarding.

Mikayla’s Story

Smiling Patient Mikayla

Mikayla was diagnosed with a pediatric brain tumor when she was 10. She underwent proton therapy at CHOP, which is an extremely precise form of radiation that destroys tumor cells, while causing less damage to surrounding tissues. This precision is especially important for young children like Mikayla, whose bodies are still developing and who are especially susceptible to the damaging effects of radiation.

Stephany’s Story

Smiling patient Stephany

Stephany was 11 when she was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. Her family traveled 4,700 miles, from their home in Brazil, to access state-of-the-art proton therapy at CHOP. Stephany is now back to doing the things she loves, like reading, art, singing, dancing and science..

About Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Every day, teams at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia make breakthroughs that transform children’s lives. Since our founding in 1855 as the nation’s first children’s hospital, we have made extraordinary discoveries, trained generations of leaders, and advocated for children everywhere. Our pediatric research program, one of the largest in the country, has set a new standard for scientific innovation around the world. As a nonprofit charitable organization, we rely on the generous support of donors who are inspired by our work — and our mission.