When a child’s life ends too soon, donating tissue is a way for the child and family to take a final stand against cancer. Tissue donation is a contribution that improves outcomes for children with brain cancer that only families can make.
A Simple Two-Step Process
For the family, once a decision has been made to donate, only two things are required. The first is written consent for the child to become a tissue donor, and the second is a single phone call to a tissue navigator at the time of a child’s death to initiate the process.
A Single Phone Call
A Single Phone Call
Our Founding Families Share What Donating
Their Child’s Tissue Has Meant to Them.
She Has Wanted to Start a Family Companion Program Since She Lost Her Son.
Family Donation Stories
This autumn, two events put childhood cancer in the spotlight as the #1 cause of death by disease in children: the first BrainStorm Summit at CureFest and the White House Forum on Childhood Cancer. At both events, families who have lost children to brain cancer shared their experiences with top researchers and policymakers.
Gift from a Child’s Ginny McLean was on the steering committee for the inaugural BrainStorm Summit, a day-long conference held before the annual CureFest for Childhood Cancer in DC. Gift from a Child hosted a panel discussion on post-mortem tissue donation and data-driven discoveries in pediatric brain tumors.
Because Michael’s decision to donate his brain to find a cure for cancer intersects with so many other important research initiatives, a wave of positive change is transforming the face of childhood brain cancer research.
But there is so much work to do: Survival rates for children diagnosed with brain cancer have flatlined over the last 40 years and brain cancer is the number one cause of death by disease for people 20 years and younger. We need to do things differently for future families!
Our 2022 Impact Report shows what we have accomplished and how we will accelerate breakthrough cancer research, improve treatments, and ultimately find CURES for childhood brain cancer.