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The Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute plans to initiate five, de-risked clinical trials every year. Your gift will enable us to grow nimbly at the rate we need to achieve our ambitious but critical goal.

Start an honor fund

Any Amount
Honor a cancer fighter by creating your own, personalized fundraising page. Tell your heroic story and every dollar will benefit innovative research that aims to initiate clinical trials for childhood cancer.

Spark Gift

Any amount up to $5,000
Spark the fire on our mission - These ‘spark’ gifts will go to propelling our laboratory towards new discoveries…and a new way of doing research in partnership with the community and families. The members of our community are truly partners in our shared mission and we encourage them to participate by visiting the lab, signing up for our nanocourses, and by becoming a partner in the important research we do.

Surge Gift

$5,000 - 25,000
Accelerate our start - These critically-enabling gifts will go to enhancing our laboratory space, key operational elements, as well as tools for bi-directional communication with families, who are our constituency. Join us and be acknowledged by an engraved tile on our Founder Circle Wall, as well acknowledgment on our website.

Evolutionary Gift

$25,000 - $250,000
Stimulate our pace. These gifts will help us to prioritize efficiency and engage in innovative and unique collaborations and partnerships that create significant hope for the families. Support our mission through this funding opportunity and join us for a day in the lab, as well as a plaque in the “front office” announcing your support.

Transformative Gift

$250,000 and up
Revolutionize our impact - These gifts will help us expand our efforts, hire more scientific teams, explore types of cancer that have seen little to no advancement in decades and, ultimately, achieve our lofty but achievable mission of making all forms of childhood cancer universally survivable.

Patron Gift

Any amount monthly
Create sustained growth - Your monthly support of our research mission through a personal or matched employee giving contribution will make an ongoing difference in the development of new childhood cancer treatments, everyday!
In order to accelerate pediatric cancer drug development, cc-TDI needs state-of-the-art equipment and technology

Systems Biology at Light Speed

Understanding drug action & speeding discovery (“wow for our drug discovery program!”) - This Luminex 200 instrument brings submicroscopic detail of how tumors work, and how drugs for childhood cancers work. Measuring two dozen protein molecules at a time is what this instrument does better than any other… with a level of precision that is unprecedented. Support of this instrument and reagents will be used in the development of five promising new potential childhood cancer drugs this year, and many fold more in the coming years!

Going with the Flow

Robot enhanced! - Our super-fast SciClone robot can go even faster! With a special attachment and calibration we can test hundreds of drugs not at current per-minute pace, but at a per-second speed!

Freeze Cancer in its Tracks

Help us scale up for collaboration - Help us maintain our inventory of precious biological samples for sharing with other labs via this new -80˚C super-deep freezer for the lab! This new generation eco-Freezer will allow us to efficiently store samples and uses natural refrigerants to minimize environmental impact.

Game-Changing Protein Analysis With Wes

3 hours instead of 2 days - Amazingly, new technology helps us analyze proteins in a tumor sample in a matter of a few hours. This capillary electrophoresis instrument and its supplies lets us use the tiniest amount of sample to get as much information about how a cancer works – as possible! A definite “wow” of a device that will get used in every project in the lab!

Stopping the Invasion

Understanding tumor cell invasion. Solid tumors move to new locations on the premise of a carrot or a stick: attracted to new growth factors, or seeking to replace depleted nutrients. These migrations affect how well a tumor can be surgically excised from its original location, or even whether a tumor’s treatment is primarily the removal from its original site – or whether the patient faces the challenge of tumor spread throughout the body. This real-time, live-cell imaging microscope allows us to understand the forces that control tumor cell invasion – and to test new therapies that can stop this process.

Natural Products Drug Library

Thinking outside-the-box. A high-risk, high-reward project approach to identifying natural products that inhibit tumor stem cells begins with the purchase from several sources of a library of natural plant hormones known to have effects on plant stem cells that control root growth, leaflet formation and flowering/fruiting.

Tank it Up

Resources for research, resources for sharing - Our rapid pace leads to cell lines and samples we can use for future research studies – and share with other researchers throughout the world (as we often do!) We need two of these tanks this year.
The scientists and engineers at cc-TDI are the life-blood of our mission…and the reason we have initiated 2 clinical trails in less than 2 years.

Named Fellowship in Pediatric Cancer Research:

$102,000 per year (2 years)
You can train a promising scientist for a career in childhood cancer research. The candidate will be either an MD in training or a PhD in training. Support would be for 2 years at $60,000 per year. example, “The Lane Edwards Fellow in Pediatric Cancer Biology at cc-TDI”. Bright, young innovative fellows are the rocket fuel of our research!

Travel Award for Trainees & Scientific Sharing

$10,000 for one year
This is an important aspect of what we do, because the sharing goes both directions and our trainees benefit immensely at such presentations by the discourse and suggestions of the scientists across the U.S. and beyond. A gift of $10,000 would allow 4 scientists or trainees selected by cc-TDI to present and exchange their findings at national scientific conferences.

Summer Student Research Internship

$2,500 for one year
You can create an opportunity for a bright young college or medical student to gain experience and inspiration through childhood cancer research. With your support, a high-achieving young person will conduct a carefully-designed set of experiments that relate to the biology and/or treatment of a childhood cancer. You will receive a personal letter reporting results. All projects are expected to go to publication, and you will be acknowledged for your contribution.

The Pediatric Cancer Nanocourse

$50,000 for one year
This is a bi-directional exchange whereby family members of childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer patients attend a one-week Summer course on cancer research. Attendees organize into teams who use what they learn to write a “roadmap” for their cancer of choice. An example is the paper, “A diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma roadmap: guiding research toward a cure” published by parents in 2014 (Pediatric Blood & Cancer. 2014 May;61(5):765-7). Your contribution will grant these self-pay attendees a $1000 stipend. Your gift also makes possible the honorarium to invite an outside childhood cancer research speaker.

Named, Endowed Chair in Childhood Cancer Research

$1.5 million.
This legacy-level professorship supports the ongoing creativity of a hand-selected childhood cancer scientist through an enduring endowment. Typically, an endowment of this form affords the chosen professor the time and annual financial resources to take more creative approaches to discovery of novel new treatments.
We currently operate out of a 4600 square foot laboratory in proximity to the Silicon Forest. You can help us maintain and grow our laboratory, ultimately, accelerating our mission to make all childhood cancers uniformly survivable.

Wall of Why

At cc-­‐TDI, we want to make childhood cancer universally survivable. The tiles on this wall represent WHY we work tirelessly to make this a reality. Please send us a picture of the child you wish to honor and a quote.

Sponsor a Lab Bench

Families are our inspiration – Children with cancer and their families are at the center of everything we do. Help us keep our inspiration at the forefront by sponsoring a lab benchin the name of a child or their siblings. We will create a plaque with apicture of the child or children being honored and visibly place it on one of our state-of-the art laboratory benches.

Give a Mouse a Home

Our genetically-engineered mouse models of childhood cancer require specialized, pathogen-free housing and care. In this setting with the specialized equipment your gift makes possible, we can also develop new models – specifically, mice who help us define compounds that might convert primitive tumor cells to non-cancerous, well-differentiated cells by means of treatments that are added to (or replace) chemotherapy and radiation. For this naming opportunity, you will be recognized with a special engraved scroll at the entryway to our unique Kyoto-style mouse house.

Named Innosphere for Children’s Cancer Therapy Development

$2.5 Million
No gift of this size could ever do more by increasing our total space from 5,000 to 14,000 sq ft so that we can integrate additional technologies and collaborators into our “Innosphere”. This shovel-ready shell space in a futuristic urban-planned light rail-accessible commercial & residential center is our “dream space” for innovation and reaching for childhood cancer cures! The Laboratory for Childhood Cancer Therapy Discovery will be named for your family or organization. Receive biannual updates, an annual presentation, as well as V.I.P. “be a scientist for a day” annual visits, transferrable to the child (or adult) of your choice.

Open Science Research Laboratory and Summit Center

$10 million
We envision an open science laboratory facility whereby scientists from across the globe come to define disease-specific research needs and partner in planning the specific basic science & preclinical studies that get promising new treatments to clinical trials for the children, adolescents and young adults with cancer. This open science “research ranch” will be in Oregon, with accommodations for visiting scientists and families, as well as a conference center. This state-of-the-art research facility and conference center will be the principal cc-TDI research site and a hub for the community – scientist collaboration and innovation.

Our mission is to make all forms of childhood cancer universally
survivable. Many of the types of cancer we study have seen little to no
treatment advancement in decades.