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Causes: Cancer, Health, Health Support

Mission: Kids Beating Cancer’s mission is to provide resources and support for children with cancer, leukemia and related life threatening diseases in need of marrow and stem cell transplantation. By funding pre-transplant testing and donor identification, costs never covered by Medicaid, any child can have access to stem cell transplantation, the best – and only hope for a cure. This testing is provided at no cost at the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center, regardless of the referring hospital. THE HEART OF OUR MISSION: children in need of marrow and stem cell transplants. OUR CORE OBJECTIVE: helping children and their families before, during and after transplantation. Because all a family should worry about is helping their child live!

Results: Since 1992, Kids Beating Cancer: Over 8,500 children served, Over 38,000 potential donors tested, Over $15 million dollars raised, Over $1.5 million funded transplant testing & donor identification costs, Over $120,000 funded meals for families, Opened the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center in 2012

Target demographics: Serving children with cancer, leukemia, and related life-threatening diseases of all races, ages - birth through 17 years old.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 300

Geographic areas served: Central Florida, Florida & US

Programs: "Fund the Match" program supports pre-transplant testing never funded by Medicaid at Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center at Florida Hospital for Children. "Meals for Families" program for families of children while in the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center. "My Room" program decorating a child's hospital room transforming it into a safe, fun, bedroom filled with a colorful theme of their choosing when they are admidted for their transplant at the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center. "Karing 4 Kids" program providing family focused fun parties and events, tickets to professional sports, milestone celebrations, blankets, bicycles, and "Bunky" KBC's mascot teddy bear.

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4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Kids Beating Cancer a few years ago by some friends. This is such an amazing charity that supports and helps children and families in need of financial assistance to help pay for medical bills, insurance co-pays and tests needed before Medicaid will pay their child's transplant.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As both a non-profit professional and advisory board member of KBC, plus a former critical care nurse I feel uniquely qualified to provide the highest recommendation for Kids Beating Cancer. I met the founder, Margaret Guedes over 10 years ago as she passionately described the goals, and missionn of KBC. I asked if she was a nurse or a mother of a child with cancer, and she told me she was the mother of a child who had died of cancer. I attend a luncheon in spring 2012 and learned that Margaret's dream and the long term goal of having children treated in Orlando was about to become a reality with the opening of the Kids Beating Cancer transplant unit at Florida Hospital. After her 20 years of hard work, and watching and learning from Margaret for the past 10 years, I nominated Margaret for the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Central Florida Association of Fundraising Professionals and she won this prestigious award. Margaret will be awarded this honor in November in Orlando in front of 500 community leaders.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a non-profit professional and RN, I have had to pleasureto know and work with Margaret Guedes and Kids Beating Cancer for nine years. The moment I met Margaret and learned about her son John and why she formed Kids Beating Cancer, I knew she would impact many lives with her courage and strength. This organization was born out of her love for son but her desire to save lives and help other families dealing with leukemia and other cancers is what keeps the organization going strong. I have seen children and their families who received a bone marrow transplant that would not have been possilble without Kids Beating Cancer and the dedicated work of Margaret Guedes in honor of John.

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