Dick Vitale Pediatric Cancer Research Fund

15,000 Pediatric Cancer Cases

About Childhood Cancer Research

Pediatric cancers, also known as childhood cancers, occur in children and adolescents from 0-19 years old. While adults and children do share some cancer types, they are not treated in the same way. Because children are smaller and often still growing, they face unique challenges when diagnosed with cancer.

More than 15,000 children and adolescents are diagnosed each year with cancer in the United States, and cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death for children over one year old. The good news is childhood cancer research is working. Today, 85% of children with cancer now survive five years or more, a significant increase from the mid-1970s when it was 58%. While there is still more work to do, we are closer than ever to Victory Over Cancer®.


Dick Vitale Pediatric Cancer Research Fund

Your donations to the Dick Vitale Pediatric Cancer Research Fund at the V Foundation support innovative childhood cancer research. In total, the V Foundation has awarded more than $84 million in pediatric cancer research grants to the nation’s top scientists. 

Dick has hosted the Dick Vitale Gala since 2005 which celebrates progress in research, honors childhood cancer thrivers, and provides critical research funding, raising more than $68.1 million since its inception. He has an unmatched energy and has described himself as obsessed with cancer research funding.

Not long after losing his friend and fellow ESPN broadcaster Jim Valvano to cancer, Dick Vitale made a commitment to stop the disease. He is a long-time V Foundation Board member and a passionate advocate for childhood cancer research.

Dick has often proclaimed he will continue to raise money for kids with cancer “until his last breath.” He is truly a champion!


Our Childhood Cancer Research Efforts

Research has made substantial progress in treatments for childhood cancers, and survival rates are increasing. But our work is not done. We still lose far too many children to the disease. Funding research is a critical component of advancing treatments for children with cancer.

We need more answers to save more lives: Why do children develop cancer? How can we create safe and effective treatments for them? How can we ensure their long-term health and wellness after cancer?

Your donation to childhood cancer research will enable researchers to do amazing things, like:

Michael Deel, M.D., from Duke Cancer Institute has dedicated his career to studying one of the most difficult and aggressive childhood cancers with a goal of giving patients a better shot at a long and healthy life.


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