WHY IS CHILDHOOD CANCER SO TOUGH TO BEAT?

Brain tumors are the #1 cancer killer among children in the United States.

WHY?

We just don’t have enough information. Without a deeper understanding of the biology behind brain tumors, we can’t improve our treatments.

Michael's Story

Before his death at 15, Michael Gustafson hatched what he called his "master plan" - and laid the foundation for what Swifty does today.

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Improving Research

Why are children's brain tumors so tough to beat? The cancer changes as you treat it. Here's how we discover better treatments.

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What's Happening? Opportunities To Take Action

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Disturbing Facts About Childhood Cancer

Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death BY DISEASE for children in the U.S. …. It exceeds deaths by all other diseases combined. Only 4 pennies of every FEDERAL dollar available for cancer research goes to fund PEDIATRIC cancer research.

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Recent Blog Posts

Together Toward Hope

Remembering Pauline Robinson “Robin” Bush

As the country celebrates the life of Barbara Bush, we also remember her daughter, Robin, who in 1953 was diagnosed with leukemia when she was three years old. At the time, cancer was a taboo subject and most people had never heard of the word leukemia. The Bush’s had taken their daughter to the hospital…

April 20, 2018

Coin Wars at Prairie School Elementary

  It was quite a thrill for me last month to return to Prairie School where I attended kindergarten through 4th grade to talk with the student council about the FourPennies campaign.  The students were excited to help children who are suffering and decided to hold Coin Wars to highlight the injustice of the federal…

April 12, 2018

Working Together – The Four Pennies Initiative

Steve Jobs observed that great things in business are never done by one person, but only by a group of people. If great things are to happen for children’s cancer research, the same truth will apply. As the steward of a family foundation, the question that arises from my circle of influence is how can…

April 5, 2018