Founded as Leukemia, Research, Life (LRL) in 1981 and renamed Kids Without Cancer in 2011, this remarkable organization has, for thirty years, been raising money to fund the pediatric cancer research being done at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and its affiliates Wayne State University and the Karmanos Cancer Institute. In fact, this organization is proud to be the largest contributor of funds to pediatric cancer research at Children’s Hospital of all charities solely dedicated to funding cancer research.
The organization was founded by a small group of concerned parents with one thing in common: they had children in cancer treatment at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. At that time only about 50% of kids diagnosed with cancer would survive.
About Children’s Hospital of MichiganChildren’s Hospital of Michigan is the first and only hospital in the state dedicated exclusively to the treatment of children. A leader internationally in neurology and neurosurgery, cardiology, oncology, and diagnostic services, it is ranked one of America’s best hospitals for children. More Michigan pediatricians are trained at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan than in any other facility. Staffed by more than 2,000 employees, Children’s Hospital of Michigan has 460 physicians, 125 pediatric specialists and 600 pediatric-trained nurses.
- Cancer is the #1 killer of disease of children in the USA.
- Each year approximately 12,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer in the US, about 32 kids every day.
- One child in 330 will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 20.
- 20–25% of kids diagnosed with cancer are not cured.
Although major advances have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of children with cancer, significant challenges remain.