The vision of 10-year-old Bonnie, diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia or ALL, co-founded Stop Children's Cancer in 1981. Her vision was to raise research money to help other children and their families have a better future. Bonnie past away in 1983 at the age of 12. Her family and community understood the need to continue her quest for donations.
 

1985

Funding began to support Doctors, Researchers, Equipment & Programs. Funding start-up research grants allowed the opportunity to receive larger grants in excess of well over $20 million from the National Cancer Institute / National Institute of Health (NCI/NIH) and other foundations. (Learn More About Bonnie)

Stop Children's Cancer, a 501(C)3, has raised over $8 million dollars.

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Continues the commitment of $1,000,000 from 2018 for the Stop Children’s Cancer / Bonnie R. Freeman Clinical Trials Fund & the Stop Children’s Cancer / Kimberly H. Flaitz Research Grant supporting clinical trials & research through 2023.

Dr. Biljana Horn collaborates with Dr. Lung-Ji Chang to bring chimeric antigen T-cell therapy, a very effective form of immunotherapy to patients Dr. Giselle Moore-Higgs, manages Clinical Trials portfolio with over 30 therapeutic pediatric cancer trials and 23 additional studies involving cancer biology and survivorship.

  • $250,000 committed in 2018 was renamed the Stop Children’s Cancer / Kimberly H. Flaitz Research Grant providing seed funding for Dr. Matthew Cascio in developing a tumor vaccine for osteosarcoma. Kimberly passed away from osteosarcoma in 1998 at age of 24.
  • $100,000 Lyrics for Life / Stop Children’s Cancer Jeffrey A. Block Research Award will fund Dr. Paul Castillo. He is working to develop personalized targeted immunotherapy for T-cell lymphoma and leukemia. Jeffrey passed away from T-cell lymphoma in 1987 at age of 18.

$1,000,000 to continue funding of the established Stop Children’s Cancer / Bonnie R. Freeman Clinical Trials Fund through 2023, with donation being allocated:

  • $150,000 per year to continue Stop Children’s Cancer/Bonnie R. Freeman Clinical Trials Fund
  • $50,000 per year for sarcoma clinical trials
  • As of 2018, the number of clinical trials is sixty-eight (68)
$100,000 endowment to fund in perpetuity the Stop Children’s Cancer Sam & Ina Gross Memorial Lectureship
  • $50,000 from Stop Children’s Cancer
  • $50,000 matched by UF Health

The Stop Children’s Cancer / Bonnie R. Freeman Professorship for Pediatric Oncology Research was awarded to Dr. Biljana Horn:

  • Her research focuses on developing less toxic ways to prepare patients for bone marrow transplants
  • The $1,000,001 for this Professorship was given in 2006. The interest earned, while waiting for this position to be awarded, was used to fund additional research.
Completed Commitment from 2010 of $1,050,000 for Clinical Trials.

$20,000 fund for the UF Health Palliative Care program.

$1,500 donated to UF Health Physical Therapy Pediatric/ Oncology Division clinic

  • In honor of Whitney, daughter of Barbara & Whitney Bour, a cancer survivor doing a pediatrician fellowship for neonatology at St. Louis Children’s Hospital

$100,000 funds 3 research grants:

  • $50,000 to Dr. Lizi Wu: studies acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
  • $25,000 to Dr. Eric Bartee: treatments of high-risk pediatric cancer cells
  • $25,000 to Dr. Padraic Levings: osteosarcomas
$1,050,000 to establish the Stop Children’s Cancer / Bonnie R. Freeman Clinical Trials Fund through 2017, with donation being allocated:
  • $150,000 per year for seven (7) years
  • Supervisor: Dr. William B. Slayton
  • As of 2010 the number of Clinical Trials is two (2) 

$150,000 funds 3 research grants:

  • $50,000 to Dr. Eric Laywell: pediatric brain cancers
  • $50,000 to Dr. Shoudong Li: acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
  • $50,000 to Dr. Daiqing Liao: neuroblastoma

Stop Children's Cancer Medical Advisory Council suggested to change direction by supporting Research Clinical Trials. $150,000 funds 3 research grants:

  • $50,000 to Dr. Xingming Deng: ALL
  • $50,000 to Dr. Jianrong Lu: ALL
  • $50,000 to Dr. Daiqing Liao: neuroblastoma

$750,000 matched by State of Florida Trust Fund for Major Gifts of the $1,000,001 donated in 2006. $25,000 to Dr. David Muir: test photodynamic therapy treatment of neurofibromatosis tumors

$1,000,001 established the Stop Children’s Cancer / Bonnie R. Freeman Professorship for Pediatric Oncology Research.

$92,000 funds 3 research grants:

  • $50,000 to Dr. Stephen Hunger: leukemia
  • $26,000 to Dr. Amir H. Shahlaee: evaluation of IDO expression in lymph nodes
  • $16,000 to Dr. Susan Staba: quality of life following pediatric stem cell transplant

$100,000 funds annual 9-year commitment for future grant applications $100,000 funds 3 research grants:

  • $50,000 to Dr. Stephen Hunger: leukemia
  • $25,000 to Dr. C. Parker Gibbs: osteosarcomas
  • $25,000 to Dr. Mingli Yang: osteosarcomas

$50,000 funds 2 research grants:

  • $25,000 to Dr. Bloom: continue 2nd year study of Malignant Glioma 
  • $25,000 to Dr. Yang: continue 2nd year study of Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia

$100,000 funds 3 research grants:

  • $50,000 to David Bloom, M.D.: Distinguished New Investigator
  • $25,000 to Promising New Investigator
  • $25,000 to 2nd Promising New Investigator

$10,000 funds Department of Orthopaedic Surgery: for Ewing’s Sarcoma:

  • In honor of Greg Goldfaden
  • In memory of Juan DeLaRua
$6,000 funds 2nd Annual Visiting Scholar:
  • Dr. Jonathan Finlay of Hassenfeld Cancer Center, NYU with Seminars & Grand Rounds

$50,000 funds 3 research grants:

  • Research for Pediatric Cancer projects
$6,000 funds 1st Annual Visiting Scholar:
  • Dr. Curt Civin, Director of Pediatric Oncology Service at John Hopkins University School of Medicine: presented Seminars & Grand Rounds to faculty & students

$20,000 funds to furnish the Activity’s Room at North Central Florida Hospice House

$122,000 funds 3 research grants:

  • Studies on ALL, Glioma Brain Tumors, Pediatric & Adolescent Osteosarcoma

$80,000 funds 2 year fellowship research grant

  • Dr. William Slayton: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program 

$60,000 funds 2 grants:

  • Umbilical Cord as source of Transplant Material
  • Tumor Invasion of Nervous System
  • Graft vs. Host Disease in Leukemia
  • Patient L-Asparaginase Resistance & Sensitivity

$150,000 funds grant to establish:

  • Southeastern Brain Tissue Bank in the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Division

$100,000 funds research grant:

  • Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology: Stem Cell & Tumor Biology 

$100,000 funds research equipment to enhanced efficiency in research process:

  • Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology: Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorter Epics II Flow Cytometer and a Gene Machine
  • $54,000 matched by State of Florida Trust Fund for Major Gifts of $100,000.

$400,000 funds research grants:

  • $150,000 to scientific equipment and cancer research
  • $50,000 to pilot project using Magnetic Bead Process to extract cancer cells from bone marrow, a major breakthrough in the fight against leukemia
  • $200,000 to establish 4 Laboratories at $50,000 each

Stop Children's Cancer permitted Stop Children's Cancer of Palm Beach County, Inc. to license the name.

Fundraising begins in order to serve our mission.

Stop Children's Cancer established by Bonnie R. Freeman and her family.