Every day in the United States, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer. That’s nearly 16,000 each year.

According to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, cancer is the number one cause of death by disease among children, yet only 4% of the billions of government-funded cancer research dollars go toward pediatric cancer.

That’s where you come in.

UPMC Children’s cancer program has been giving hope and new beginnings to children and their families for 70 years, and it actively contributes to the field of pediatric hematology and oncology research. Dr. Linda McAllister-Lucas and her team of over 30 clinical research professionals are pioneering new treatments that benefit not only the children in our care, but also children being treated at hospitals across the country and around the world.

Blazing the Trail to New Beginnings

Philanthropic donations are critical to fueling pediatric cancer research and continue to advance the fight against pediatric cancer. Thanks to you, our brave cancer warriors have access to the best possible care right here in Pittsburgh.

  • UPMC Children’s cancer patients have the opportunity to participate in over 100 active clinical trials, studies of the most promising and newest cancer treatments.
  • UPMC Children’s is the only institution in the region participating in Phase 1 clinical trials through the UPMC Children’s Oncology Group and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium.
  • Other clinical trials underway at UPMC Children’s are studying bone marrow transplantation, treatment of sickle cell disease, cancer control, and late-effects in oncology.
  • The sickle cell program at UPMC Children’s is one of eight sites worldwide participating in a clinical trial to determine the prevalence of pulmonary hypertension, a serious complication involving the heart and lungs.

Thanks to donors like you, in the past year alone UPMC’s Children’s cancer program has:

  • Received four awards for exceptional care and physician education including five faculty members named Best Doctors in America.
  • Launched three new clinical programs.
  • Obtained four critical research grants.
  • Forged six collaborative relationships with national and international oncology professional associations.
  • Managed 116 clinical trials offering the latest experimental therapies including groundbreaking work in protein-influenced cancer progression.

Pioneering treatment is only part of the care we provide to our young cancer warriors. While our medical team focuses on the cancer, our Child Life team focuses on their big hearts.

Your gift to UPMC Children’s ensures that in-hospital programs like Creative and Expressive Arts Therapy, the Dream Big Studio, and Matt’s Maker Space bring joy to cancer patients in the midst of a very difficult time.

Cancer Warriors

A parent’s worst nightmare is hearing the words, “Your child has cancer.” But, during these terrifying experiences, moms and dads are amazed to find strength coming from the most unexpected place — their child. The little cancer warriors that walk the halls of UPMC Children’s are braver than you could ever imagine.

  • girl smiling behind a 13th birthday cake


    In 2019, after weeks of unexplained headaches, nausea, vomiting, and dizziness, Jennifer took her 11-year-old daughter, Anna, to the emergency department in Erie, Pa.

  • girl with no hair smiling


    In August 2020, I was moving into my freshmen dorm at the University of Pittsburgh, ready to take on college. Little did I know I’d be moving out just a semester later.

  • Harper


    It was just after Christmas and Harper was as white as the snow on the ground. A fever that wouldn’t break led us to take her to the pediatrician.

  • Joey


    Joey was busy living his life as a normal 7-year-old boy, playing flag football at his local YMCA, attending first grade, and rolling around, wrestling with his little brother Finnegan and his dog Sophie.

  • Lowin


    Our D-Day, diagnosis day, we were delivered devastating news, “Your daughter has a very large mass in her brain.”

Stand with us. Fight with us. Beat cancer with us.

Your gift to UPMC Children’s cancer programs funds groundbreaking research, improves outcomes, and transforms the hospital experience for children and their families.

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