Welcome Change Makers! We are so thrilled to have you part of the ISF Summer Intern Class of 2023! What a summer this will be, we can’t wait to see how much impact this group will bring to our pediatric cancer community. This page is your one-stop-shop for all things ISF. Learn about ISF, read our stories, follow our social media and share our content. This page will be updated often with the information and content you need to have a successful summer! Thank you for committing your summer to make a difference with ISF!
Isabella Santos Foundation, ISF, was founded in honor of Isabella Santos…who lost her fight to neuroblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer, at just 7 years old. ISF is dedicated to improving rare pediatric cancer treatment options in an effort to increase survival rates of kids with cancer. Over the course of fifteen years, ISF has funded nearly $7 million toward expanding the scope of research and treatment and supporting families dealing with cancer in a variety of ways.
BEAT CANCER: Investing in Research to Fund a Cure
Funded research is the only way to create change in the outcomes for kids fighting rare pediatric cancer. The Beat Cancer giving program is the heart and soul of our organization, and 70% of our mission focus. It’s why we exist.
Funds from this program will be granted to Levine Children’s to help build the Isabella Santos Foundation Rare & Solid Tumor Program supporting rare pediatric cancer research. The ISF Rare and Solid Tumor Program opened in July 2020, with the arrival of the world-renowned cancer researcher, Dr. Giselle Sholler. The program rapidly grew to double solid tumor patient volume by the end of 2020, with patients from 20 countries. Donors who give to the Beat Cancer program will help build a global rare childhood cancer program, fund much-needed research for rare cancers, and ultimately create lasting impacts for kids fighting.
GROW HAIR: Improving Pediatric Cancer Trials & Studies
Kids fighting cancer desperately need safer and more effective cancer treatments. The funds raised through the Grow Hair giving program is 20% of our mission focus and will be granted to national institutions, supporting clinical trials. The goal is to provide more options for those fighting.
LIVE MY DREAMS: Supporting Families Impacted by Childhood Cancer
The cost of childhood cancer goes beyond hospital stays and chemotherapy. The Live My Dreams giving program is 10% of our mission focus. This program will help support the various struggles that come with a cancer diagnosis. We have partnered with several organizations to contribute to the success of families.
Donations to the Live My Dreams giving program will help fund many aspects of family needs outside of cancer. Family needs may include counseling services, dental needs, hearing aids, scholarships, and activities. We will continue to support the organizations that meant so much to Isabella and made an impact on her life, including OneBlood, The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
- Isabella’s Story
- ISF Mission Video (Youtube)
- Mission: Beat. Grow. Live.
- ISF Blog
- 2022 Impact Report
- Ways To Help
- ISF Donates Over $1.4 Million for Pediatric Cancer in 2022
- New Oncologist Joins the Rare & Solid Tumor Program at Levine Children’s
- A Power in the Fight Against Pediatric Cancer, Alumna Finds Purpose in Daughter’s Legacy
- Families Traveling to Charlotte From All Over the World for Cancer Care
- Foundations Collaborate to Fund Clinical Trial in Memory of Madison Fedak
- Gracie, Undifferentiated Sarcoma Warrior
- Kylie, Neuroblastoma Fighter
- When Your Child Has a Number Attached to His Life Expectancy
- Osteosarcoma Survivor Focuses on Living Her Dreams
- Diagnosed with Osteosarcoma at 18 Years Old
- High School Athlete Battles Neuroblastoma for Second Time
- Coming soon!