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Derby for Kids

May 1

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Derby for Kids


Derby for Kids raises awareness and funds for Precision Oncology in Pediatric Brain Cancer Research. The project brings together multiple institutions including Children's Hospital of Michigan, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Hurley Medical Center, and Wayne State University, in effort to improve outcomes for children with a brain cancer diagnosis.

The Fifth Annual Derby for Kids was memorable for many reasons, but most importantly — this year, you helped us meet our pledge goal in support of pediatric cancer research!

On Saturday, May 1, guests gathered safely in their festive ensembles to enjoy delicious food and drink, delightful sounds from Alexander Zonjic & friends and Selected God Choir, and a livestream of the 147th Kentucky Derby. This was all to raise funds in support of a multi-institutional research project to improve brain cancer treatment for children.

In a single night, you helped us to raise more than $115,000! Because of this, we are proud to announce that we achieved our overall fundraising goal of $592,000!!

Thank you to our sponsors, especially Children’s Hospital of Michigan, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, MSX International, Clark Hill, and Savills, and those who attended or contributed to make this fundraiser a success.  We appreciate your generosity and continued support of The Children’s Foundation and invite you to relive moments from this special night with a video recap and downloadable photos.

Stay involved:

  • Make a gift. Your donation will support a multi-institutional research project to advance cancer research and help improve outcomes for children who are and will be diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer.
  • Join the Derby for Kids Group on Facebook. The interactive group will include a fun and exciting Derby related information in addition to important mission moments to keep you engaged throughout the year.





Your support provides hope for children like Claire.

The Fifth Annual Derby for Kids will raise funds in support of a multi-institutional research project to advance and improve pediatric brain cancer treatment for children like Claire, who at five-months-old was diagnosed with an Optic Pathway Glioma,, or a tumor on her optic nerve . Her journey has been long and one that no child should have to endure, but now at fifteen months, Claire is responding well to treatment and doctors are optimistic about her prognosis. Learn more about Claire’s story, here.






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