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"Despite the successes of current therapy, childhood cancers will not disappear.  We need to look toward the future and train doctors who will continue to advance the field of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and seek to find new cures."   

Kathleen M. Sakamoto, M.D., Ph.D., Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, 2004-2011


Every great university, public or private, depends on private giving for funds to secure its future. Private giving has been and always will be instrumental in supporting the work of physicians and scientists to explore ever-changing and evolving biomedical information in their search for better and more effective, treatments and cures. The Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology is no exception.

To pursue the important work going on quietly in its laboratory and in its clinical care program, the Division must compete with many others for a share of the public money allocated by the Regents of the University of California. At best, those funds amount to only 13% of the total budget. This public money must then be supplemented by the aggressive pursuit of grants from the National Institutes of Health and other public and private sources, to fund specific projects. But gaps remain that can only be filled by the donations, large and small, of persons in the community who recognize the need, support the goals, and are willing to make a tax deductible gift to help secure a better future for children with cancer.

The radiant smile of a child is one of the most beautiful sights an adult can ever see, and there are smiles even in the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Section of the Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA where children are fighting for their lives around the clock, many with bald heads due to chemotherapy or radiation. When they are pain free, children with cancer still laugh and smile.

We want to increase those moments, when children facing this deadly disease can smile with their families because – although they can’t be sure what lies in store for them in the future – there is good reason to hope.

<< Baseball great, Tommy Lasorda - the former Los Angeles Dodgers Manager, brings smiles to kids with cancer at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.


In the US, charitable support for worthy causes is a strong tradition. What could be more worthy than the smile of a child with cancer who has hope for the future?

Your support of research, education and patient care for children with cancer, and of outreach efforts to improve treatment outcomes for children with cancer in other countries, is critical to the efforts to combat this disease, to keep on pushing the boundaries of what can be done to achieve better survival rates. Your tax deductible gift can be sent by mail or made online. All gifts, large and small, are deeply appreciated.

By mail:
Please mail your check (no cash please) using the donor form provided, payable to: NICCRS

mail to:
P. O. Box 2130
Beverly Hills, CA 90213

Download the printable donation form here.