Dick Vitale Pediatric Cancer Research Fund

15,000 Pediatric Cancer Cases

Pediatric Cancer Research

Pediatric cancers occur in children and adolescents from 0-19 years old. While adults and children do share some cancer types, they are not treated for the disease 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 U.S. Cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death for children in the U.S. over one year old. The good news is cancer research is working. Today, 85% of children with cancer now survive 5 years or more, a huge increase from the mid-1970s when it was 58%. While there is more work to do, we can see there is victory in progress.


Dick Vitale Pediatric Cancer Research Fund

Your donations to the Dick Vitale Pediatric Cancer Research Fund at the V Foundation support innovative pediatric cancer research. Through this fund, the V Foundation has awarded almost $66.7 million to end pediatric cancer.

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 pediatric cancer research.

Dick has hosted an annual Gala for 18 years and counting. He has an unmatched energy and has described himself as obsessed with cancer research funding.

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


About Pediatric Cancer Research

Research has made substantial progress in treatments for pediatric cancer, 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 kids 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 pediatric cancer research will enable researchers to do amazing things, like:


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