Shine Bright for Cancer Kids

Shine Bright for Cancer Kids

Cancer’s not canceled.

The pandemic is changing everything. But it’s not stopping the fight against cancer. This September, you’re invited to join the fight by supporting the Cancer Kids Fund at Children’s Minnesota. You can Shine Bright for Cancer Kids by donating online or shopping with participating businesses. You’ll help us provide everything from music therapy to life-saving research to end-of-chemo celebrations. Together, we’ll make every day brighter. For the most amazing people on Earth.

Harper’s story

Early on in 2020, her family started noticing some concerning symptoms. Harper would have a fever on and off for weeks. Her legs hurt so badly that she’d have trouble walking and would limp. Her parents, Marissa and Nathan, took her to urgent care several times to try and figure out what was wrong. In February, the family received a devastating diagnosis – Harper had acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Read Harper’s full story »

Harper takes a photo with her Child life specialist, Sam, both wearing masks

Mia’s Story

Cancer changed Mia’s life. But it didn’t break her spirit. Diagnosed with a spinal tumor (Ewing’s sarcoma) at age 11, Mia spent 10 months at Children’s Minnesota and endured 14 rounds of chemo. Through the hardest days of her life, she stayed positive, thanks to the support of her nursing team, music therapists, child life specialists and, best of all, visits from our therapy pets. Read Mia’s full story »

RaZyia’s story

RaZyia was just 5 years old when she began complaining of leg pain so intense she couldn’t walk on it or even sleep. Concerned, RaZyia’s mom, Aminga, took her to the Children’s Minnesota St. Paul emergency department. After a day in the hospital, the doctor sat down with RaZyia and Aminga and shared the devastating news — “We think it’s cancer.” Read RaZyia’s full story »

Oliver in the hospital with Dr. Lane Miller

Oliver’s Story

The day Oliver’s family found out he was cancer free was a big day of celebration and happy tears. When Ashley described the moment they found out – she said, “I screamed and started crying. The nurse and the oncologist started crying, too. We all hugged and celebrated together.” Ashley and her family are so grateful for the care they continue to receive at Children’s Minnesota. Read Oliver’s full story »