We fight back against pediatric cancer by acting as an innovation incubator. We are here to fund leading edge research and give breakthrough ideas a start.
Jake would often say to us
"Don't let the cancer win."
As a martial artist and philosopher, he knew that we could choose our attitude, whether to be overwhelmed by cancer and let it destroy our spirit or to fight back as he did, with dignity, strength, outspoken truthfulness, and good humor...
...we have chosen to continue Jake's fight.
Cancer is the #1 cause of disease-related death in children
In the US, about 12,400 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer each year. That’s the equivalent of two average-size classrooms every school day.
The JWF Logo
The JWF logo symbolizes breakthrough innovation: the strength of science in the double helix of DNA breaking through to new treatments and a cancer-free future.
When our son Jake was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, he was in his senior year at Cherry Hill High School East. He battled both Hodgkins lymphoma and acute myeloid leukemia with an indomitable spirit that inspires us still. Read more about Jake's story here.
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Cancer is the #1 cause of disease-related death in children and despite advances, most pediatric cancer treatments remain highly toxic and have not changed in decades. In this age of unprecedented technological and scientific promise, we can--and must--bring the power of innovation to pediatric cancer research. Learn more here.
We’re funding innovative research to help find less toxic and more effective treatments for children and young adults with cancer. For example, one of our grants supports the development of new “antibody conjugate” technology to more precisely attack cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed. Another plans to harness the patient’s own immune system, genetically manipulating immune cells to recognize and kill cancer cells. You can read more about these as well as our other exciting research projects here.
New: Scientific Award
The Jake Wetchler Foundation will now be funding an annual award for innovative researchers in the fight against pediatric cancer. We have established the award in partnership with the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, one of the premier cancer research foundations in the world, with 12 Nobel laureates to their credit. The Damon Runyon – Jake Wetchler Award for Pediatric Innovation will recognize scientists whose research helps to fight back against pediatric cancer, and whose innovative ideas and hard work may one day lead to advances so that young people like Jake are not taken from us, and instead can live their lives and fulfill their promise. You can read more about the award here.
The Jake Wetchler Foundation for Innovative Pediatric Cancer Research is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and all donations are tax-deductible.