Children's Champions

Meet Max - Leukemia warrior

Children's Champions

Meet Max - Leukemia warrior

The NCCS Children’s Champions are the most dedicated and generous supporters of The National Children’s Cancer Society. This esteemed group of philanthropic leaders are at the forefront of our work to get children to lifesaving cancer treatment— NO MATTER WHAT.

NCCS Children’s Champions give annually at one of the following levels:

  • Bronze Medalist: $1,000
  • Silver Medalist: $2,500
  • Gold Medalist: $5,000
  • Platinum Medalist: $10,000
  • Olympian Medalist: $25,000+

For more information and/or to become an NCCS Children’s Champion, please contact Mark Stolze at or 314-446-5240.

We rely upon the remarkable commitment of NCCS Children’s Champions to ease the burden for children and families navigating childhood cancer. The reliable-and much appreciated-financial support of this elite group of contributors provides our organization the agility and resources to assist families in the most direct and meaningful ways possible.

Because no family should go through childhood cancer alone ™.

A letter from Kimberly


Dear National Children’s Cancer Society Children’s Champion,

My name is Kimberly. I’m a 20 year-old college student from Columbia Falls, Montana, a little mountain town nestled at the base of Glacier National Park. Growing up, I was always busy exploring with friends, spending time camping or swimming with my family, and running as far as my legs would take me. By the time I entered high school, I was a top-ranked distance runner in the state and a favorite to win individual state titles in cross-country and track. I had a successful freshman career and was looking forward to my future in running. Everything changed when I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in July before the start of my sophomore year.

The sudden shift in my life was abrupt and terrifying, but I promised myself that I would keep a positive attitude and do everything I could to get the most good out of an unfortunate situation. Nine months of chemotherapy, three hospitals, several ICU stays and one bone marrow transparent later, I was declared cancer-free and returned home to navigate my remaining years in high school. As a 2020 graduate, my in-person time at school was cut short, but being able to come back to school and have a sense of normalcy after cancer treatment was exactly what I needed.

Today, I’m finishing up my second year at the University of Montana in the pre-nursing program and planning my summer wedding. I aspire to work in labor and delivery and help bring new life into the world; there is so much hope in birth and I would love to be able to aid in the creation of cherished memories for growing families. The post-cancer journey I live today would not be possible without the generosity, support and resources available to NCCS children and families from their incredible donors. These resources provide the utmost hope and encouragement as we move forward into a brighter future. Your contributions make a huge impact on young cancer survivors, and I want to express my deepest gratitude for making it possible for me to pursue my dreams and help make the world a better place.

Without you, my life and education today would not be possible, and I am profoundly grateful for your selfless generosity.

Mark Stolze Thank You Letter

Dear NCCS Children’s Champions,

Measurable change stems from an abundance of compassion. Your decision to step in for The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) as a champion for children with cancer is the compassionate dedication that this community needs on one of the toughest journeys they will ever face. We honor your leadership in philanthropy and we’re grateful for your remarkable commitment to help ease the burden for the families who turn to us for help.

The impact of your generosity runs deep in our organization and our ability to serve the childhood cancer community in the most direct, meaningful ways possible. Thank you for being a critical part of our mission, because no family should go through childhood cancer alone.™

With immense gratitude,

Mark Stolze
President & CEO
The National Children’s Cancer Society