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Founded in 1973 by the mothers of two children who died from brain tumors, we serve individuals globally and award funds for research throughout the United States and Canada. In 2008, we will commemorate our 35th Anniversary Year by awarding $2.5 million for brain tumor research. With continued research for effective therapies and, ultimately, a cure, many more children and adults will win their battles with brain tumors. Over 190,000 individuals are diagnosed with a brain tumor each year in the United States, including 3,000 children. Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer death due to solid tumors in children under the age of 20. Brain tumors do not discriminate - anyone can be affected. People of all ages, races, gender, socio-economic status, urban or rural dweller, students, white or blue collar workers, athletes, CEO's, celebrities - anyone can be diagnosed with a brain tumor. A brain tumor is uniquely terrifying to the patient and family because it strikes at the very essence of an individual - emotions, intellect, and personality - in addition to the many physical problems it causes.

The Roger A. Gordon Melanoma Research Fund
at the Abramson Cancer Center
at the University of Pennsylvania


The Roger A. Gordon Melanoma Research Fund  was established in 2007 by the family of Roger shortly after he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Melanoma.  Realizing that there was not enough general awareness and scarce funding, Roger's family wanted to raise money in conjunction with the Abramson Cancer Center to generate awareness and garner funds for research.

Goals and Progress:

Since Roger's passing in January, 2008 his family and friends have been dedicated to these goals by raising funds which have allowed for the publishing of brochures for placement  in doctor""s offices and having a key role in the Abramson Cancer Center Melanoma Program.

The Abaramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania is renowned for outstanding research, clinical services, education, and informations services and community outreach. The cancer center is comprised of over 400 doctors and scientists, all of whom are dedicated to increasing knowledge concerning the prevention and cure of cancer.

Abramson Cancer Center melanoma researchers have led the way nationally, for decades, in understanding the causes of melanoma, and in finding more effective forms of treatment.  Abramson offers innovative treatmets and clinical trials.

In conjunction with the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania this fund is dedicated to not only understanding the facts about Melanoma--the most deadly form of Skin Cancer, but to also help with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the disease.


  • Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer
  • Melanoma is the most common cancer in Men 50+
  • Most Melanoma is curable in the early stages with an over 90% survival rate when found with early detection

Moving Forward:

The primary goals will continue to be early detection, awareness and education, through the raising of funds and your fight for this cause, so that others do not have to suffer in the way that Roger did from this disease.


Contributions should be sent to:

The Roger A. Gordon Melanoma Research Fund
c/o The University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center
3535 Market St. Suite 750
Philadelphia, PA 19104


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  2. On the right-hand side click on the large red "Donate Now" button
  3. In the top-right hand corner in the search field please type in "Roger Gordon" and the field will automatically populate-from there you can make your donation

Core Values
Eight core values express the way in which all Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation stakeholders work together to become the premier global voice in cancer prevention and survival.
We believe we are entrusted with a special responsibility to serve all people who are touched by cancer. We pray like it all depends on a power outside ourselves and work like it all depends on us.
We affirm people. We are open to different cultures, ideas, and points of view.; We listen. When we challenge ideas or behavior, we respect the person.
We practice teamwork. We work across boundaries...from international to departmental. We recognize that decisions impact all stakeholders. We seek advice from a wide spectrum of team members. Process is important.
We speak truth with love. We practice clear, direct and appropriately detailed communication. We demonstrate honesty. We earn trust.
We honor commitments. We accept responsibility for our promises and our actions.
We give 100% every day. We are immersed in the vision and mission of being the best in the world at delivering hope to people touched by cancer. We find joy in this quest.
We learn, adapt and grow as individuals and as an organization
We take time for personal wellness. We practice what we teach. We walk the talk.

Georgetown University Children's Medical Center

Georgetown University Children’s Medical Center (GUCMC) is a "Hospital for Children" within one of the Nation's best University Hospitals: Georgetown University Hospital. A team of nationally and internationally known pediatricians, pediatric specialists and pediatric surgeons provide a wide range of medical and surgical services to children who come here from all over the world.

Georgetown University Children's Medical Center is proud of its ability to provide cutting-edge pediatric care such as ECMO (Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation or heart-lung machine), high frequency ventilation, brain surgery and bone marrow, liver and small bowel transplantation while maintaining an environment of care that supports an active role of the patients and families in every day care decisions.

Georgetown University Hospital has been consistently ranked among the nation's Best Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report and is the only hospital in Washington, DC to have earned the prestigious Magnet Status recognizing superior nursing care. This status has been awarded to less than 2% of the nation's hospitals.

Georgetown's physicians have been devoted to the advancement and dissemination of medical knowledge since the establishment of Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1850. The department’s research program is one of the best in the nation, ranking among the top National Institutes of Health funded pediatric programs in the country. The education of medical students, residents, nurses and nurse practitioners is also an important mission of the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics.

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The IBD Family Research Council

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Motivated to Find a Cure

Crohn's disease, along with ulcerative colitis, falls under the umbrella term inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  IBD causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, which leads to a variety of painful, life-impairing symptoms.  Each year the incidence of the disease increases, and today it is one of the most significant chronic diseases affecting children. There is no cure known for IBD.

Formed in January 2006, the IBD Family Research Council aims to raise $5 million for Children’s Hospital research that could lead to a cure for pediatric IBD. The Family Research Council has been creative and energetic in working to meet their goal. They've raised money through soft pretzel sales, making and facilitating private donations, and securing corporate sponsorship for a concert held in April 2007 at the World Café Live. This concert, the Key to Hope, was a terrific success, raising more than $100,000. TheCouncil hopes to turn it into an annual event.

Every cent that we make goes directly to research,” Mr. Fine says. Their effort is well invested, supporting the research at the Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The IBD Center is the largest facility in the United States dedicated to the treatment and study of IBD in a pediatric population, more than twice the size of the next leading center. By a vast margin, the IBD Center receives more referrals and publishes more material than any other comparable program in the United Sates

About Us: Overview

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation""s largest and most effective animal protection organization—backed by 11 million Americans, or one in every 28. Established in 1954, The HSUS seeks a humane and sustainable world for all animals—a world that will also benefit people. We are America""s mainstream force against cruelty, exploitation and neglect, as well as the most trusted voice extolling the human-animal bond.

Our mission statement: Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty.

We work to reduce suffering and to create meaningful social change for animals by advocating for sensible public policies, investigating cruelty and working to enforce existing laws, educating the public about animal issues, joining with corporations on behalf of animal-friendly policies, and conducting hands-on programs that make ours a more humane world. We are the lead disaster relief agency for animals, and we provide direct care for thousands of animals at our sanctuaries and rescue facilities, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and mobile veterinary clinics.

We celebrate pets, as well as wildlife and habitat protection. We are the nation""s most important advocate for local humane societies, providing shelter standards and evaluations, training programs, a national advertising campaign to promote pet adoption, direct support, and national conferences. We are building a Humane Wildlife Services program to provide homeowners and businesses with humane and effective solutions to conflicts with our wild neighbors. The HSUS publishes All Animals, a membership magazine, and Animal Sheltering, a bi-monthly magazine for animal sheltering professionals.

We confront national and global cruelties through major campaigns targeting the barbaric practices of dogfighting and cockfighting; abusive puppy mills where dogs are treated not like family but like production machines; the worst cruelties of factory farming in modern agribusiness such as confinement of animals in crates and cages; inhumane and unsporting hunting practices such as "canned hunts" of captive exotic animals; the slaughter of American horses for export to foreign countries where horsemeat is considered a delicacy; and the clubbing of baby seals and other animals for the commercial fur trade. Our track record of effectiveness has led to meaningful victories for animals in Congress, state legislatures, courtrooms and corporate boardrooms.


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