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Willstrong Foundation Trust

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Causes: Philanthropy, Private Grantmaking Foundations

Mission: The WillStrong Cancer Foundation is dedicated to providing financial support for research to bring more precise and effective treatments to children and young adults diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and other high-risk leukemia.

Results: In 2020 WillStrong donated $100,000 in direct support of current pediatric AML research at Children's Hospital Colorado - in part to provide much-needed equipment and also to sponsor a medical trial with potential to bring better treatments to the forefront.

Target demographics: fund research for high-risk leukemia diagnosed in kids, teens and young adults

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Wendy Guerrera C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since its inception, WillStrong has been making a difference for children diagnosed with cancer. I've worked with them several times and I'm always touched by how hard they work to carry on Will's legacy and to make a difference in the tragic world of childhood cancer.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a board member for the Willstrong Foundation for the last year. Our Executive Director has passion for getting dollars where they are needed to fund research on pediatric AML. We are having great success by funding research with a physician at the Children's Hospital of Colorado. The fundraisers we have held have been met with great success as we build continue to build momentum for the future!

Donor

Rating: 5

In the wake of unimaginable tragedy, WillStrong provides funding and hope for young blood cancer patients. In a short amount of time, with Claudia at the helm, WillStrong has already raised a tremendous amount of much needed awareness, and funds, for targeted treatment of pediatric blood cancer. Unlike larger organizations with varied objectives, this grass-roots non-profit specifically targets an under-served, vulnerable population- our children.

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WillStrong 10/16/2021

Thank you for your support - we couldn't do it without you!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is perhaps the finest example I have ever seen of a non-profit founder -- Claudia Maniatis in this case -- grabbing a cause of importance to her, and building it quickly into a powerful and self-sustaining organization. She has raised an astonishing amount of money from a large population of supporters, and distributed those funds thoughtfully (and with urgency!) to people and organizations who are leading the fight against childhood leukemias. There is no organi9zation I would rather support, and no organization I know of that is as fundamentally *effective* at attacking its mission and honoring the children who suffer from this terrible affliction and inspiring so many of us to mobilize to defeat childhood blood cancers. This is a world-class team pursuing a world-class outcome -- please please please join us!

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WillStrong 10/16/2021

Thank you, Duncan - so grateful to have you as part of the team!

Donor

Rating: 5

Will Strong has been bringing awareness to childhood cancer and making a huge difference in the lives of families and children facing this horrible illness. Beyond grateful for the passion and determination behind this non-profit organization.

Robert S.17

Board Member

Rating: 5

The WillStrong Cancer Foundation is off to a terrific start, already making a real difference in supporting research in to pediatric blood cancer treatment. This foundation and its mission was our grandson Will's wish and is his legacy to other children who will have better treatment options, and a better survival chance. I am proud to be a board member, donor, volunteer and Will's grandfather. Thanks to all of our other donors, volunteers and supporters for helping launch this important foundation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As someone who had a childhood blood cancer, I can say that the Willstrong Foundation is doing amazing work to bring awareness to AML and other high risk leukemia’s in children. Childhood cancers are severely underfunded and Willstrong is changing this reality one day at a time!

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WillStrong 10/16/2021

Thank you for the great shout out and for your support of WillStrong - love to you!

Donor

Rating: 5

Strongly recommend the WillStrong Foundation. I cannot say enough good things about them. The work they are doing to end childhood cancer is phenomenal. It’s not something that anybody wants to think about or talk about, but unfortunately it affects too many innocent children and their families. Please consider donating to this foundation so we can see some real research put into eradicating childhood cancer.

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WillStrong 10/16/2021

Thank you so much for your support, Ashley!

Melissa Renee D.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this charity and am proud of the work they are doing. I am grateful to be a part of their work and know great things is to come for Willstrong.

Donor

Rating: 5

Willstrong Foundation is making an immediate impact in the Colorado community and beyond. I’m thrilled to support a foundation with such a clear vision.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have worked for, and with, many nonprofits. The WillStrong Cancer Foundation is by far one of the BEST! They are fearlessly on a mission to fight childhood cancer. Claudia is truly making a difference in this world for families going through the unthinkable.

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WillStrong 10/12/2021

Thank you so much, Mindy - your words of support mean the world to me!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Willstrong is a truly a great nonprofit, fully dedicated to supporting those who are finding cures for childhood cancer and those who are fighting. Please support this great work.

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WillStrong 10/16/2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a nice review and for your support!

Josephine G.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I wish there wasn’t a need for the WillStrongFoundation, that children never got the devastating blow of a cancer diagnosis and then have to endure brutal treatments. BUT there is a need, and what this Foundation is doing for children with cancer goes beyond measure. It’s a gift from Will Maniatis who doesn’t want other children to go through what he went through. If we all pitch in, we can make a huge difference in supporting much needed research for treating pediatric cancer. This Foundation gives all of us a chance to make a difference.

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WillStrong 10/12/2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your story of support and for stepping in time and time again to share our mission with others and to donate. We appreciate it so very much!