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

Hands

Looking down at these hands of mine I see calluses rimmed with dirt dotting their landscapes, cuts and scabs joining my mountainous knuckles to the valleys in the topography of my palms, and vast clearing of exposed flesh encircling my nails. I see bloodied skin dangling from my right pointer finger from the time it…

August 20, 2018

Kira: From Washington to Chile and STILL Making a Difference

Some of you may recall that I spent six weeks in Washington, D.C. last summer as an intern with Kids v. Cancer. Remember all my terribly awkward Facebook Live videos? Well, I for one have tried strenuously to forget them, so maybe we should refresh our memories! I went to D.C. as a pediatric cancer…

August 13, 2018

For Too Many Kids September Doesn’t Mean Back to School

I can’t believe I’m writing about Childhood Cancer Awareness month again. I can’t believe this is the sixth Sept that Michael is gone.  No Back to School for him or the thousands of other children who have lost their lives to cancer. What a shame…how unjust If you have children grumbling about going back to…

August 6, 2018