About

Purpose

The mission of CancerFree KIDS is to eradicate cancer as a life-threatening disease in children by funding promising research that might otherwise go unfunded.

CancerFree KIDS was founded by Ellen and Sam Flannery after their baby daughter was diagnosed with cancer in both of her eyes at 5 months of age. Today, thanks to cancer research, that baby is a healthy college student.  

At CancerFree KIDS, we do one thing. We fund childhood cancer research. Why?

CHILDHOOD CANCER FACTS

More kids in the U.S. die from cancer than ANY other disease.
EVERY YEAR 250,000 CHILDREN WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER WORLDWIDE, OF THOSE, 91,250 WILL DIE.

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT.

All of the vast improvements in the way we diagnose, treat and cure cancers have come as the result of research, and yet, pediatric cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded. Much more funding is needed to continue down the path toward a cure with increased speed. That’s what we are here for.

CancerFree KIDS funds innovative research that has the promise of gentler treatments and cures for children with cancer. We know that seed money for novel ideas is critical, and yet it is the most difficult type of funding to get.  Potentially game-changing ideas often go untried due to lack of funding.

CancerFree KIDS raises funds all year, through fundraising initiatives we host ourselves and those hosted by others for our benefit, and then we give it all away at the end of the year in the form of research grants. Then we start over.

Impact

Since our inception, CancerFree KIDS has funded 97 research projects totaling nearly $3 million. We accept applications from only a handful of institutions whose research we greatly respect and with whom we have a close relationship. Our funding goes directly to the research project where every dollar is accounted for. A follow up report assures that funding is used to maximum effect and we maintain communication with each researcher as we continue to follow their progress beyond our funding cycle.

CancerFree KIDS donors know they are making a difference and that we are good stewards of our donor’s dollars. We provide detailed Donor Reports so they know exactly what research their donations are helping fund. We even invite donors to a Meet the Researchers Event each year in Cincinnati, so they can learn more about the projects and talk directly with the grant recipients.

Watch a video from Meet the Researcher Night on RESEARCH FUNDED IN 2016

In 2017, CancerFree KIDS awarded $700,000 in research grants to projects at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus, OH).

Donor Reports

To view the 2017 Donor Report Click Here

To view the 2016 Accomplishments Report Click Here

To view the 2015 Donor Report Click Here

990

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recognizes CancerFree KIDS as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) 501 (c) (3).  Contributions made to CancerFree KIDS are deductible as provided in IRC Section 170.

View 990 Forms

2016
2015

990’s for 2014 and earlier years are available at the CancerFree KIDS office.
View IRS Affirmation

CANCERFREE KIDS STAFF

Ellen M. Flannery

Founder and Executive Director

Marcia Lechner

Event Manager

Alice Hoffer

Business Development Manager

Sue Maples

Financial Controller

Jenny Rotella

Database Manager

Cindy Pilipovich

School Liaison

Karen Cornett

Office Manager

Kathy Garry

Marketing Manager

Lori Smith

Stewardship

Board of Trustees

Ellen M. Flannery

President

CancerFree KIDS

Amy L. Wagner

Vice President

GE Aviation

Chuck Rasch

Treasurer

Retired

Mark Anderson

Pro Mach

Christi Cornette

CBTS

Al Early

CBTS

Rose Eckhoff

Mount Notre Dame High School

Max Flannery

Deloitte

Julie Goslee

Tony Jordan

Johnson & Johnson

Andy Kaiser

Cincinnati Bell

Dave Kucia

Kucia & Associates

Steve Max

US Bank

Greg Morris

GE Aviation

Kristy Moster

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Lisa M. Rammes

Stagnaro, Saba & Patterson Co., L.P.A.

Dave Reynolds

PNC Wealth Management

Advisory Board

Sharry Addison

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Kathleen Conway Bell

Bistro Group

Timothy Cripe, MD, PhD

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Barb Daugherty

Tom Daugherty

Procter & Gamble

Samuel Flannery

Williams-Gray Co.

Shayna Flannery

Childhood Cancer Survivor

Ken Jones

Turner Construction

Pepper Peale

Vehr Communications, LLC

Dr. Frank Smith, MD

UC College of Medicine

Corporate Committee

Al Early

Chair

CBTS

Christi Cornette

CBTS

Ellen Flannery

CancerFree KIDS

Leigh Fox

Cincinnati Bell

Brian Garry

Cintas

Andy Kaiser

Cincinnati Bell

Steve Max

US Bank

Jamie Morgan

Merrill Lynch

Matt Olson

Merrill Lynch

Jay Rammes

Barnes Dennig

Derek Roudebush

US Bank

Jenni Roudebush

Associated Bank

Bob Simons

Oracle

Marketing Committee

Eric Miller

Chair

CBTS

Keith Adams

Gates Air

Christi Cornette

Cincinnati Bell

Joe Fredrick

iHeartMedia

Brian Garry

Cintas

Alice Hoffer

CancerFree KIDS

Tony Jordan

Ethicon

Andy Kaiser

Cincinnati Bell

Dave Kucia

Kucia and Associates

Jimmy Labarbara

iHeartMedia

Christine Vonderhaar

Jane Weiler

Cincinnati Bell