Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation

Rating: 4.98 stars   185 reviews

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Location: 9272 Jeronimo Road #107A Irvine CA 92618 USA

Mission: to increase the survival rate and quality of care for children with cancer

2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been involved with PCRF since 1984, our daughter was diagnosed with AML in 1983 and her survival chances were 10%, thanks to the great work of Dr Mitch Cairo today she's 38 with four beautiful children. Research is needed more and more to wipe out this dreaded disease. I've been involved with the Rod Carew Golf Tournament for years in raising money to help PCRF, Rod lost his daughter but he continues to give his support to help other children survive this disease. They are great people at PCRF who give their time and effort and I couldn't think of a better organization to give this award.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

PCRF is a fantastic organization that we have been involved with since 1983. It started in 1983 just before our daughter was diagnosed with AML. Her chances of survival at that time was 10%. Today thanks to the brilliant Dr. Mitch Cairo and his staff, and the staff at Childrens Hospital of Orange County our daughter Kelly is 35 and has four beautiful children (all Pittsburgh Steelers fans). Our daughter went through 2 1/2 years of intense chemo, now with the help of PCRF and their research that same protocol is 6 months. I remember the beginning of PCRF and the first fundraisers, Pigmy Goat Show, Chili Cook-Offs, the 1st Bid for the Kids at the El Adobe in San Juan Capistrano. Now with the Walk-a-Thon, Holiday Card sale and the Rod Carew Golf Tournament they are raising good money for research. We would like to thank Dr. Cairo and his staff, Nancy, Bonnie and staff for their many hours of work, and to Rod for his golf tournament and his behind the scenes visits to the children at hospitals all over the country. It is our wish that this organization is not needed in the future, so please if you have read this please send your donations, they are greatly appreciated and the kids thank you. Have to go the grandkids our coming, something we didn't think we would ever say in 1983. Lou & Pat Sauritch

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

our daughter being a survivor

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

never get any sleep, they never stop working.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the friendly and energetic people

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fantastic

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

come close to finding a cure for cancer

Ways to make it better...

this organization didn't have to exsist

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

raising more money

One thing I'd also say is that...

they are a hard working group of people that have one thing on their mind, and that is helping kids beat this ugly disease

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

18 people found this review helpful

There is not a more worthy cuase than childrens health or education. I believe what you do is essential to the growth of the world community, and benefits us all greatly. Thank you for all you do to support our youth.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

invest in more cancer tratment research.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

Rating: 5 stars  

18 people found this review helpful

PCRF saves lives. They give comfort and hope to children and families. There efforts educates the community on this very important issue. I was lucky enough to attend there card artist event. The love and support that was shown overwhelmed me. I am so very thankful to all the volunteers at PCRF. This is an organization like no other.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

there Holiday cards and marathons. They help comfortand educate my niece and our family when she was diagnosed with cancer.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do my very best to keep it on its incredable quest.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The commitment they have to the children. Children are innocent and do not have the means to help themselves. This organization is ready and willing to do what ever it takes to find a cure for children with this heart wrenching disease.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The head of the board said"If we find a cure for the common cold in our quest to stop childhood cancer then we have succeeded."

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help billions of children and there families. cancer is a family disease. PCRF does all they can to keep hope alive.

Ways to make it better...

I knew they were getting the govermental support that they desearve.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

FINANCIAL SUPPORT!

One thing I'd also say is that...

PCRF touches many people with there wonderful cards. They bring awarness to this childhood disease by having theses cards available to the public.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

19 people found this review helpful

My wife and I have been involved with PCRF for a number of years. The work that this organization is sponsoring is phenomenal. Over the years, we have been deeply moved by the hundreds of personal testamonials that young people have presented to provide a first hand view of the wonderful advances in treatment and care that the Foundation has made possible. At the heart of PCRF and its work are a multitude of active, caring and extremely generous volunteers.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the heart warming and encouraging testamonials of young surviving patients

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do very little differently. They are warmly efficient, care and effective in addressing the goals of this organization

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the courageous young people who have and continued to battle cancer in its various forms, and hearing them explain what they have been able to achieve through the support of this organization.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely competent and generous. It takes a great deal of personal commitment to be an active player in the work of a non-profit, primarily volunteer staffed organization. The staff of PCRF are wonderfully upbeat and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Excellerate the concentrated quests for the root causes of cancer and in the development of new and progressively more effective approaches to treatment.

Ways to make it better...

We had lived in the Orange County area.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Maintaining the positive and productive relationships with the research and care providing institutions that PCRF is supporting. Effectively reaching out to pediatric patients and their families to keep in constant contact with them and their needs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Over our lives, my wife and I have been directly or peripherally involved with a large number of non-profit organizations. Among all of these, PCRF seems to be the most successful and best run.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

Rating: 4 stars  

18 people found this review helpful

There is nothing closer to my heart than pediatric cancer, as this terrible disease took my eight year old daughter two years ago. It is unthinkable that there is so little federal funding for research in this area, and PCRF is a ray of hope for each and every family, by directing all of their donations to research specifically for pediatric cancer. In addition, my daughter was thrilled to be able to participate in their children-with-cancer-designed Christmas cards, as so many children are. It is such an amazing program and great way to raise funds. They make these children feel special and important. Most importantly, they have been successful in raising a great deal of money towards researching a cure for a disease that steals beautiful children from this world, and tears apart families. God Bless them!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their amazing Christmas Card program, and the amount of money they have raised that ALL goes directly toward pediatric cancer research...not administration.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

find more successful treatments for pediatric cancers.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

18 people found this review helpful

I love working with Nancy Franks and the entire staff. The care and dedication given to every function really shows just how passionate everyone at PCRF is about helping to eradicate this terrible disease. Thank you for making me part of a GREAT team. Michael Villani

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the many young children who's lives have been saved through funding research.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give Nancy Franks and her a staff a big raise

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The dedication of everyone involved

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

EXCEPTIONAL

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

?

Ways to make it better...

lives wern't lost

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

need money for more research

One thing I'd also say is that...

I want to be involved just as long as I can

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I love this organization and I can't say enough about it. I have a passion for pediatric cancer although I have never been directly effected by it. I have volunteered with PCRF a few times and also recruited my sister. We had such a great time during events and the people are all so genuine. You really get a sense of what the organization is all about once you see the smiles on all the kids' faces that they touch. I have since moved out of state and am still looking for such an organization like this.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the looks in the kids eyes and faces when they come to events sponsored by PCRF. There's just nothing like their smiles-it says it all.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

PRCF is an incredible organization! It is amazing to see how much they can accomplish on such small budgets. Everyone there is so great to work with; they really care about the kids and it shows!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the great success of their fundraisers! They always do an awesome job.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the constant focus on the kids. They make everyone involved, no matter how much they do, feel so wonderful about the cause they are supporting.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

absolutely wonderful! Everyone works together. It is always a great team effort!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save a lot of lives!

Ways to make it better...

I am not sure how to answer this ... nothing. They are fun, inspiring and I wouldn't change a thing.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the need for funds and volunteers ... as with any non profit, especially in this economy,

One thing I'd also say is that...

my experience there has always been so fun! This past year was the first I have had to miss and I was so sad. I cannot wait to get the whole family involved again next year!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have done some volunteer work for PCRF and am very impressed by the dedication of the staff and volunteers. Everone I came in contact with really cared about the kids and the organization. It was a joy working with these people who devoted many many hours trying to find a cure for childhood cancers and provinding support and comfort to parents. Helen Naughton

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

advances in treatment of childhood cancers.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the dedication of the staff and volunteers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do more research on forms of childhood cancers.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

My daughter is a cancer survivor and we have supported Pediartic Cancer Research Foundation for the last 7 years. They continually do new research to provide cures for childrens cancer. For the children that are healthy enough there is the Western Roundup evey year. This was a favorite for my daughter with all the rides, games, food and wonderful prizes.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They are always very appreciative of any help you give. I have received either a letter a call from the President every year since we began donating money.

Ways to make it better...

My experience has been great. I have no complaints.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-10-01

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