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Children in the Charlotte region who are diagnosed with cancer overwhelmingly turn to Levine Children’s for the care they need. With the support of the community, the hospital’s Torrence E. Hemby Jr. Hematology and Oncology Center has quickly become one of the top pediatric cancer centers in the Southeast.

Levine Children’s serves about 150 new cancer patients each year. The hospital’s Torrence E. Hemby Jr. Hematology and Oncology Center has one of the country’s highest survival rates for pediatric bone marrow transplants, 20 of which were conducted at Levine Children’s Hospital in 2014. The hospital’s Developmental Therapeutics Program (DVL) conducted more than 70 pediatric cancer clinical trials in the past year. The availability of clinical trials at Levine Children’s Hospital ensures that children in our community receive expert cancer care where they need the most – close to home.

With continued gifts and support from the community the DVL program for the Torrence E. Hemby Pediatric Hematology Oncology Center will be able to grow its resources, recruit new physicians, and enroll more patients in life-saving clinical trials.

Our goal is to make a significant difference in the lives of children with leukemia, lymphoma and other childhood cancers every day.

Now you can join the FIGHT.

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Every dollar you give to fight childhood cancer goes to develop Phase I and Phase II clinical research trials here in Charlotte. These trials are the first steps in finding new treatments for cancer, and they’re the only ones available in all of western and central North Carolina. With your help, children in our community who are diagnosed with cancer can now receive the best care possible without having to travel a great distance to receive the treatments they need.

In 2010, members of the Carolinas KIDS Cancer Research Coalition generously pledged $5.7 million, laying the groundwork for supporting Phase I and Phase II clinical trials at Levine Children’s.

Funds are used to recruit additional healthcare professionals, build research infrastructure and develop the diagnostic and treatment facilities required for clinical trials.

Levine Children’s Hospital is continually adding new clinical cancer trials, and the number of patients is growing – including patients from outside the Charlotte area.


The Carolinas Kids Cancer Research Coalition at Levine Children’s Hospital was organized by 8 of the region’s premier nonprofit organizations who came together with the common goal of funding advancements in clinical research for pediatric cancer at Levine Children’s Hospital; the initial gift was an endowment of $5.7 million that continues to grow with additional matching gifts and individual donations from generous community members.

Thank you to our Coalition Founders* and community supporters:

The Leon Levine Foundation*

An independent private foundation dedicated to improving the human condition in the areas of education, healthcare, Jewish religion, and human services, the Leon Levine Foundation provided the lead $10 million gift in support of Levine Children’s Hospital. The Levine Foundation has also graciously committed an additional $7 million in matching grant support for the development of permanently endowed funds assuring the highest level of medical care for children in the Carolinas.


The Alex Hemby Foundation*

The Alex Hemby Foundation is a well-known Charlotte family Foundation. Supporting numerous philanthropic activities in the community, the Alex Hemby Foundation has provided support for the Hemby Pediatric Institute, The Hilda Hemby Medical Intensive Care Endowment and the Hemby Cancer Research Endowment at Carolinas Medical Center. The Child Life Playroom and Activity Area on Level Nine of Levine Children’s Hospital are also named in honor of the Hemby family.

Adam Faulk Tanksley Foundation*

The Adam Faulk Tanksley Foundation is a publicly supported foundation established in honor of five-year-old cancer survivor Adam Tanksley. The Foundation supports advanced pediatric cancer research at Levine Children’s Hospital.

The Baby J Ladley Fund*

Honoring the memory of baby John Francis Ladley III, the Baby J Fund was established by Beverly and Mark Ladley of Charlotte with the intent of supporting and advancing the research efforts of the brain tumor and neuro-oncology programs at Levine Children’s Hospital.

The Wells Fargo Championship (Quail Hollow Championship)*

Champions for Education, Inc., the non-profit host organization that manages and operates the Wells Fargo Championship (formerly called the Quail Hollow Championship), donates a portion of the proceeds from each annual golf tournament to Levine Children’s Hospital.



drumSTRONGTM promotes cancer health, education, research and survivorship support through an annual event that emphasizes collaborative efforts and rhythm. The event was founded by Scott Swimmer and his family in honor of his son, Mason, who was diagnosed with cancer at age 15.

Carolina Cycle Challenge*

(formerly known as Brett’s Ride for Rhabdo)

Brett’s Ride for Rhabdo is a Hickory-based community cycling event geared toward fighting all types of childhood cancers. Founded in honor of Brett Gosnell, a member of the Hickory community who lost his battle with rhabdomyosarcoma (rhabdo) in 2006, the event supports pediatric cancer research at Levine Children’s Hospital.


24 Foundation*

24 Foundation is the official 24-hour charity cycling event of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, which brings cyclists of all abilities together to raise funds for cancer research and survivorship. 24 Foundation also raises funds locally to benefit the Keep Pounding Fund for cancer research, the Carolinas Cancer Wellness Program at Carolinas Medical Center, and the new 24 Hours of Booty Bone Marrow Transplant Research Endowment.


With special thanks to our newest members:

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Martin Truex Jr. Foundation

Isabella Santos Foundation

Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation



And to our many community supporters:

Taylor’s Finish Line Festival

Children’s Medical Endowment Fund

Hyundai Hope on Wheels