About The Lilabean Foundation
BRAIN TUMORS ARE THE DEADLIEST FORM OF CANCER IN CHILDREN.
Pediatric brain tumors are abnormal cells that form a mass or lump in a child’s brain. Recently, brain tumors became the leading cause of cancer-related death in children ages 10 and younger, with over 4,000 children being diagnosed each year. That is approximately 11 families a day hearing the words "Your child has brain cancer." With more than 30 different types of pediatric brain tumors, making research and treatment extremely important but also very time-consuming and expensive.
This is why the Lilabean Foundation for Pediatric Brain Cancer Research (LBF) was created. LBF seeks to fund critical childhood brain cancer research and to help raise awareness of the severity of this fatal disease. We need your support to continue this mission and speed up funding for vital, cutting-edge research.
MORE THAN 4,000 CHILDREN A YEAR ARE DIAGNOSED WITH A BRAIN TUMOR (11 A DAY)
INCREASING RESEARCH FUNDS TO INCREASE HOPE
Pediatric brain cancer research is severely underfunded, which reduces the number of research studies and clinical trials conducted. In fact, in the last 20 years, no drugs have been developed and approved to treat for childhood brain cancer. The treatments that do exist are “hand-me-down” therapies made for adults, which cause harmful side effects in children.
LBF was founded in hopes of raising public awareness and fostering collaboration that leads to more pediatric brain cancer research. Innovative treatments and therapies—in addition to conventional ones—can make a difference in survival and quality of life for children with brain cancer. LBF wants all families to benefit from safer, more effective treatments that result from funded research.
CREATING AWARENESS TO INSPIRE MORE RESEARCH
More than 4,000 children each year are diagnosed with a brain tumor (that’s 11 children every day).
Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related death in children ages 10 and younger.
Over the past 20 years, ONLY 2 NEW drugs have been developed to treat pediatric brain cancer.
ONLY 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget supports pediatric cancer research and only 8% of that amount supports brain tumor research. That means for every $1, only one-third of one penny supports pediatric brain cancer research!
ONLY 1% of the American Cancer Society’s public revenues support pediatric cancer research.
LBF IS ON A MISSION TO RAISE FUNDS AND INCREASE AWARENESS
"Each child belongs to all of us and they will bring us a tomorrow in direct relation to the responsibility we have shown to them."
- Maya Angelou