CureSearch for Children's Cancer

CureSearch for Children’s Cancer
Founded 1991
Location Bethesda, Maryland
Key people John Lehr, Chief Executive Officer
Area served United States and Canada.
Focus "CureSearch for Children’s Cancer funds and supports children’s cancer research and provides information and resources to all those affected by children’s cancer."
Method Cancer research.[1]

CureSearch for Children's Cancer is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation whose mission is to fund and support children’s cancer research and provide information and resources to those affected by children’s cancer.[2] CureSearch raises funds through individuals, special events, corporations, and private foundations for promising research conducted at more than 180 hospitals across the nation. These hospitals participate in National Cancer Institute sponsored clinical trials conducted by the Children’s Oncology Group.

The Foundation is organized into five[3] geographic regions throughout the United States. Its national office, which also houses the Northeast Regional Office, is located in Bethesda, Maryland. The other regional offices are the Midwest Regional Office in Wheaton, Illinois, the Southeast Regional Office in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Southwest Regional Office in Dallas, Texas and the West Coast Regional Office in Arcadia, California. There are also satellite offices in New Jersey and Ohio.

Its activities include funding cancer research and organizing and sponsoring over 100 events. Events sponsored include the CureSearch Walk, Ultimate Hike, and Kick-It.[4]



From 1991 to 2011 CureSearch served as the federal grantee for Children's Oncology Group grants issued by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). In September 2011, CureSearch announced it would work with the COG and NCI to transition its grants management role in order to focus on fundraising and expand funding opportunities to more fully resource the entire children’s cancer community.

Fund allocation

The organization’s allocation of funds for the fiscal year ending February 28, 2010 lists 84% of funds for Program Expenses. The remaining 16% are allocated between three other fields: Donated Services 12%, Fund Raising Expenses 2% and Administrative Expenses 2%.[5]


Charity Navigator rates the foundation three of four stars.[6]


In June 2011, CEO John Lehr spoke to Time (magazine) and said that there's a direct connection between financial leverage and breakthrough research.[7]


External links

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