Our Mission

We fight back against

pediatric cancer by supporting innovative scientists in their search for cures.

Jake's Story

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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Scientific Award

Congratulations to our 2018 Award Recipient, Dr. Challice L. Bonifant. Read here about Dr. Bonifant's dedication to research in pediatrics and her leading edge work engineering patients' own immune cells to fight cancer.


The Jake Wetchler Foundation funds 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 recognizes scientists whose research helps to fight back against pediatric cancer, and whose innovative ideas and hard work may one day lead to cures so that young people like Jake can live their lives and fulfill their promise.




Why Innovative Research

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.

The Jake Wetchler Foundation for Innovative Pediatric Cancer Research is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and all donations are tax-deductible.