Children's Cancer Recovery

Our Mission
Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation assists children under age 18 and their families who are facing the hardships of a cancer diagnosis.  The Foundation focuses on improving the mental, social and emotional well-being of these families while helping to minimize the devastation that cancer can cause.  We measure the true impact of our organization in smiles.  A national footprint allows the Foundation to make a difference in communities, large and small, providing a helping hand wherever needed.

The Foundation delivers gifts to thousands of children each year through the national Bear-Able Gift Program.  Items such as board games, toys, crayons, coloring books, markers, video games, puzzles, teddy bears, craft kits… all sorts of things that make children smile and laugh… are distributed to hospitals across the country.  The Bear-Able Gift Program is the largest supplier of gifts to children with cancer in North America.

sealFamilies of children with cancer often face financial difficulties.  Suddenly, household bills become overwhelming; utilities are in jeopardy of being shut-off or an eviction notice is received.  The Helping Hands Fund provides emergency bridge payments directly to the utility companies and landlords, ensuring that each child has a warm, safe place to call home while recovering from cancer.

The Camp Scholarship Program allows children in remission to reconnect with friends and activities in which they love.  The program provides funding for a camp of their choice; sports, music, art, science, horseback riding, skiing or whatever activities they missed most during treatment.

7 Years Running: The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have been able to certify, document, and demonstrate that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness and cost effectiveness.  These standards include those required by the U.S. Government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world of which we are a proud member.  CFC number: 12394.  It is estimated that fewer than 5% of charities in the U.S. meet or exceed these standards, and of those, less than .002% have been awarded this seal.

Our Founder
Cancer Recovery Foundation International (CRFI) is a group of global affiliated charities, founded by “The Wellness Authority” Greg Anderson in 1984. Cancer Recovery Foundation’s mission is to help all people prevent and survive cancer through “integrated cancer care” which Anderson pioneered. The Foundation is currently established in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany. The organization is recipient of the “5-Star Best in America Award.”

Greg Anderson was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in 1984. His surgeon gave him just 30 days to live. Refusing to accept the hopelessness of this prognosis, he went searching for people who had lived even though their doctors had told them they were “terminal.” His findings from interviews with over 16,000 cancer survivors form the strategies and action points for what has become an international cancer recovery movement.

Anderson is the author of eleven books including international Best Sellers The Cancer Conqueror; Cancer: 50 Essential Things to Do; and The 22 (Non-Negotiable) Laws of Wellness. His writings have been translated into 31 languages.

Staff                                                                  Board

Kathryn Washington – Financial Manager
Garret Piper – Director of Program Services
Marisa Allen – Community Relations Manager
Suzanne Hollenbach – Program Assistant
Holly Price – Event Manager
Felicia Eads – Graphic Designer

Douglas Runkle – President

Arthur Granito – Secretary & Treasurer

Jessica Schaefer – Trustee

Blake Warren – Trustee

Core Values
Eight core values express the way in which all Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation stakeholders work together to become the premier global voice in children’s cancer prevention and survival.

Stewardship
We believe we are entrusted with a special responsibility to serve all children who are touched by cancer.  We pray like it all depends on a power outside ourselves and work like it all depends on us.

Respect
We affirm people.  We are open to different cultures, ideas, and points of view.  We listen.  When we challenge ideas or behavior, we respect the person.

Collaboration
We practice teamwork.  We work across boundaries…from international to departmental.  We recognize that decisions impact all stakeholders.  We seek advice from a wide spectrum of team members.  Process is important.

Integrity
We speak truth with love.  We practice clear, direct and appropriately detailed communication.  We demonstrate honesty.  We earn trust.

Accountability
We honor commitments.  We accept responsibility for our promises and our actions.

Passion
We give 100% every day.  We are immersed in the vision and mission of being the best in the world at delivering hope to children touched by cancer.  We find joy in this quest.

Growth
We learn, adapt and grow as individuals and as an organization

Balance
We take time for personal wellness.  We practice what we teach.  We walk the talk.