The mission of The National Children's Cancer Society is to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and their families worldwide.
We serve as a financial, emotional and educational resource for those in need at every stage of illness and recovery. In the United States, we ease the financial burdens that accompany major illness, give crucial support and address the challenges of survivorship. Abroad, we provide lifesaving pharmaceutical drugs and medical supplies to facilities that treat children with cancer.
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.
Since its inception, the NCCS has provided more than $57 million in direct financial assistance to more than 33,000 children. The organization works closely with over 300 hospitals and pediatric oncology units throughout US and reaches thousands more through its ongoing education programs and materials.
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.
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Q Are there NCCS chapters in other cities?
A No. The national office of the NCCS is located in St. Louis, Missouri. While social workers at hospitals nationwide refer families to NCCS for help, all applications for financial assistance are processed at the national office.
Please visit our Financial Assistance section for answers to frequently asked questions.
Q How can I volunteer?
A You can help raise funds for NCCS by organizing a special event in your area. If you are interested in volunteering at a local hospital, please contact that hospital directly. For additional information, please click here.
Q How do I make a financial contribution to NCCS?
A There are several ways to donate:
1. Online: Visit our secure website at the NCCS.org secure website using a Visa, Mastercard, American Express,or Discover card. Click here to donate online.
2. Phone: Use your Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover card by calling (314)241-1600
3. Mail: Send a check or money order to The National Children's Cancer Society, Attn: Trish Collins, One South Memorial Drive – Suite 800. St. Louis, MO 63102.
Inquiries regarding contributions through planned giving (wills, stocks and property) as well as through charitable remainder trusts should be directed to the Director of Major Gifts or by calling or writing the address and telephone number listed above.
Q Can I donate clothing, hats, toys or other items to the NCCS?
A The NCCS only accepts clothing donations through qualified thrift operations. For more information on this program, please click here.
Q Can I donate my hair to the NCCS?
A No. "Wigs for Kids" is another not-for-profit organization that provides hair replacement solutions for children affected by hair loss due to chemotherapy and other conditions. You can find guidelines and instructions by clicking here.
Please visit our Charity Vending section for answers to frequently asked questions.