Projects Funded

Stop Children’s Cancer has raised over $8 million, including the Bonnie’s Legacy Endowment Fund which has approximately $1 million in perpetuity. In addition, as a result of these donations, well in excess of $20 million in National Cancer Institute/National Institute of Health (NIH) grants have been awarded.

It is the policy of Stop Children’s Cancer that no monies are used to pay overhead and administrative fees of any outside organizations. No monies may be used to pay organizations engaged in fundraising or for costs incurred in obtaining grants.

Since 1985 Stop Children’s Cancer has supported and funded the following programs and researchers:

2018-2023

$1,000,000 committed over the next five years.

  • $750,000 to continue the Stop Children’s Cancer/Bonnie R. Freeman Clinical Trials Fund
    • As of 2018, there are 68 clinical trials
  • $250,000 for sarcoma clinical trials

2018

$100,000 to establish an endowment for the Stop Children’s Cancer Sam & Ina Gross Memorial Lectureship.

  • This endowment received a matching grant from UFHealth to establish the lectureship in perpetuity

2010-2017

$1,050,000 to establish the Stop Children’s Cancer/Bonnie R. Freeman Clinical Trials Fund.

  • $150,000 increments for seven years
  • Pediatric cancer patient clinical trials will be supervised by Dr. William B. Slayton
  • Began with two clinical trials in 2010

2014

$20,000 to help fund the beginning of a new Palliative Care program at the University of Florida

2013

$1,500 additional to UF Health Shands Hospital pediatric oncology division Physical Therapy clinic in honor of Barbara Bour and her daughter, Whitney Bour. Whitney is a cancer survivor and now a pediatrician in fellowship for neonatology at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

2010

$100,000 donated to research grants as follows:

  • $50,000 to Dr. Lizi Wu for studies on acute lymphoblastic leukemia
  • $25,000 to Dr. Eric Bartee for novel treatments of high-risk pediatric cancer cells
  • $25,000 to Dr. Padraic Levings for studies on osteosarcomas

2009

$150,000 donated to research grants as follows:

  • $50,000 to Dr. Eric Laywell for a study on pediatric brain cancers
  • $50,000 to Dr. Shoudong Li for studies on acute lymphoblastic leukemia
  • $50,000 to Dr. Daiqing Liao for a study on treating neuroblastoma

2008

$150,000 donated to research grants as follows:

  • $50,000 each to Dr. Xingming Deng and Dr. Jianrong Lu for studies on childhood leukemia
  • $50,000 to Dr. Daiqing Liao for a study on treating neuroblastoma.

2007

  • $750,001 matching grant from the State of Florida Trust Fund for Major Gifts for the One Million dollar grant given in 2006.
  • $25,000 grant to Dr. David Muir to test photodynamic therapy for treatment of neurofibromatosis tumors.

2006

$1,000,000 to the University of Florida Foundation to establish The Stop Children’s Cancer/Bonnie R. Freeman Professorship for Pediatric Oncology Research.

2004

 $92,000 donated to research grants as follows:

  • $50,000 Dr. Stephen Hunger for continued studies on childhood leukemia
  • $26,000 Dr. Amir H. Shahlaee for evaluation of IDO expression in lymph nodes of cancer patients
  • $16,000 Dr. Susan Staba for studies on quality of life following pediatric stem cell transplant

2003

$100,000 to be given annually for a 9-year commitment to fund future grant applications through the UF College of Medicine.

$100,000 donated to research grants as follows:

  • $50,000 Dr. Stephen Hunger for studies on childhood leukemia
  • $25,000 to Dr. C. Parker Gibbs focusing on aspects of osteosarcomas, a form of bone cancer.
  • $25,000 to Dr. Mingli Yang focusing on aspects of osteosarcomas, a form of bone cancer.

2002

$50,000 donated to research grants to continue support for two of the 2001 researchers:

  • $25,000 to Dr. Bloom for continued studies regarding treatment of Malignant Glioma
  • $25,000 to Dr. Yang for continued studies related to Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia

2001

$100,000 in research grants

  • $50,000 was awarded to Distinguished New Investigator, David Bloom, M.D.
  • $25,000 awarded to a Promising New Investigator.
  • $25,000 awarded to a second Promising New Investigator.

2000

$10,000 gift to the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery for studies on Ewing’s Sarcoma in honor of Greg Goldfaden and in memory of Juan DeLaRua.

$6,000 to sponsor the second annual Visiting Scholar. Dr. Jonathan Finlay of Hassenfeld Cancer Center, NYU, presented seminars and Grand Rounds to the faculty and students at the UF College of Medicine.

1999

$50,000 awarded three research grants dealing with Pediatric Cancer projects at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

$6,000 to sponsor the first annual Visiting Scholar. Dr. Curt Civin, Director of Pediatric Oncology Service at John Hopkins University School of Medicine, presented seminars and Grand Rounds to the faculty and students at the UF College of Medicine.

1998

$20,000 pledged to North Central Florida Hospice to furnish the activities room at the Hospice House.

1996-1997

$122,000 awarded for research grants dealing with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, Glioma Brain Tumors, and Pediatric and Adolescent Osteosarcoma.

1995-1996

$80,000 for a two year fellowship for Dr. William Slayton in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology program at UF.

1994

$60,000 for four grants:

  • Studies of The Umbilical Cord as a Source of Transplant Material;
  • Tumor Invasion of the Nervous System;
  • Graft vs. Host Disease and Leukemia
  • Patient L-Asparaginase Resistance and Sensitivity was funded by these grants.

1992

$150,000 grant which established the Southeastern Brain Tissue Bank in the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Division.

1991

$100,000 for research in Stem Cell and Tumor Biology at the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

1990

$100,000 to the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology for a Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorter Epics II Flow Cytometer and a Gene Machine This equipment enhanced efficiency in the research process.

  • $54,000 in matching funds from the State of Florida for the One Hundred Thousand dollar donation above.

1985 – 1989

$400,000 for Cancer research, scientific research equipment, and laboratories including a pilot project using the Magnetic Bead Process to extract cancer cells from bone marrow. This proved to be a major breakthrough in the fight against leukemia.