The Future Of Philanthropy

By Elizabeth Darwen

More than 175 kids (and parents) attended the Kids Cancel Cancer fundraiser benefiting the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF). The event, created and organized by four teen advocates—Mischa Abend, Abey Fuks, Ava Litman, and Hayley Silvers, raised very close to its $100,000 goal. The Foundation plans to create a Kids Cancel Cancer Pediatric Research Grant in honor of the co-chairs and committee. This special fund will help support a pair of investigators for up to two years.

While pediatric cancer deaths have declined by 65 percent over the past few decades, cancer remains a leading cause of death for children and teenagers. In fact, it is estimated that 10,500 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed among children (birth to 14 years old) each year, and about 1,190 children will die from the disease. Additionally, a recent study published in Aging and Cancer found that childhood cancer survivors experience serious health issues in adult life, much earlier than their counterparts who did not have cancer as a kid.

“It is also important to understand that while amazing advancements in treating cancer are saving lives, most treatments can have lasting negative impacts on the human body. This is why we must prioritize research that develops new therapeutics that are both effective, and also less toxic,” said Dr. Samuel Waxman, SWCRF CEO and Founder. The 25th Annual Collaborating for a Cure Gala will this year be held on November 17, 2022.

The teenage co-chairs also recruited 18 friends to serve on the committee who assisted in selling tickets, garnering sponsorships, donations, and volunteered at the event. In addition to raising vital funds for groundbreaking research, the event held at The Clubhouse in East Hampton on August. 17th was an entertaining evening of arcade games, bowling, great food, raffle prizes, dancing, and a thrilling live auction.

The Kids Cancel Cancer co-chairs on the impact of cancer importance of giving:

Mischa Abend, “Cancer impacts so many families around the world. My main goal is to raise awareness and make a difference.”

Abey Fuks, “The event will be fun and entertaining. Attendees will be inspired by the work the Foundation does to make a difference in peoples’ lives.”  

Ava Litman, “Cancer has affected my family in so many ways. I have seen many dark days stemming from this horrible disease. I hope to help eradicate cancer.”  

Hayley Silvers, “I want my friends to know that research can lead to a cure, and we can end this awful illness.”  

For more information on the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation,