Mission & History

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What we do

The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) provides emotional, financial and educational support to children with cancer, their families and survivors.

The NCCS is a 501C(3) non-profit organization that is proud to meet all of the Better Business Bureau’s “Standards of Charity Accountability,” which includes a comprehensive, in-depth evaluation of charity governance, fundraising practices, solicitations and informational materials. The organization also earned the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information.

Since its inception, the NCCS has provided more than $69 million in direct financial assistance to over 47,000 children with cancer. The organization works closely with pediatric oncology treatment centers throughout the U.S. and reaches thousands more families and survivors through our free conferences and publications.

How we started

In 1987, a relatively new and expensive procedure known as bone marrow transplantation (BMT) was becoming recognized as a viable treatment for certain cancers. Despite this recognition, most insurance companies considered BMTs experimental and would not fund them.

It was for this reason the NCCS was started – because every child with cancer deserves every chance to live.