Fundraising ideas for a child with cancer

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Fundraising ideas for a child with cancer

The costs associated with cancer treatment are staggering, not only financial but emotional.   According to 2016 information from the American Children’s Cancer Organization, approximately 1 in 333 girls will develop cancer before the age of 20.  The ACCO reports that the average duration of treatment for a child with cancer is two years. Also, the treatment plan can create other lifelong health problems for the survivors, making it financially difficult for the patient’s family for extended periods of time.

ACCO reports that more than 60 percent of families affected by cancer will spend over $20,000 as direct out-of-pocket medical and related expenses. Insurance only covers so much.  Furthermore, over 40 percent of families lose income, as one of the parents must be forced to cut work hours to care for a sick child. Fundraising not only helps the child. It can help give a little breathing room to the whole family and their financial situation.

What can children do?

Jewelry making – and then selling to friends – is a great way for young children to raise funds. It is also an activity that even the sick child can participate in while resting – and it can even become a distraction during treatment. Choose colors that reflect the child’s struggle. For example, gold is the color associated with childhood cancer, while orange is for leukemia, etc.. Children will feel special by wearing these meaningful colors in friendship bracelets, as they know they are doing what they can to help their affected friend.

School ideas

Involve the child’s school in fundraising. This provides a way for school friends and teachers to offer genuine help. It also educates children about the realities of illness and cancer, as well as helping teach compassion and giving. Propose holding a baby photo contest, where students pay a small entry fee to try to match a teacher with their baby picture. Or, create a “chain of life” by selling a link from a paper chain for a dollar – and then presenting the chain to the girl and donations to her family. Another option for the school is to have teachers compete against students in relay races or kickball games. Each person who participated in the game or race makes a contribution that would go to the family of the sick child. A school can also host a dance with parents and children, donating of all admission proceeds to the family.

Office ideas

Parents who own businesses have several ways to raise money for a child with cancer. They can encourage employees to pay to wear jeans for a day or offer employees the opportunity to “buy” an extra day of vacation. Another option is for the office to create t-shirts with a drawing that the affected child makes, or simply use a photo of the child. Sell the shirts to employees and encourage everyone to wear them on a designated day. On the day you are wearing the shirts, employees could also sell cupcakes, cookies or other goodies to go to the cancer fund.

Community Ideas

Talk to restaurants, churches or other organizations. Barbecues and community picnics are good ways to raise money.  Residents can bring the food and sell it to the participants, restaurants can sell food and contribute profits to the cancer fund. Even a car wash is another good way for the community to raise money.  You can also organize a walk through the community.  Encourage participants to solicit donations from friends, family, neighbors, etc. for each mile walked.  It’s a great way to get some exercise in while raising much-needed money!


As an addon to all of the above suggestions, its comment in the age of the internet for people raising money for medical bills to turn to crowdfunding. Sites like and mobile platforms like SimpleFund are free, easy to set up and easy to use.

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