ISF Fundraising Events, Supporters & Contributions

Isabella’s parents established The Isabella Santos Foundation in 2009 after she lost her battle to Neuroblastoma to honor their daughter and to carry on her mission of finding a cure for her disease. In 2010 they received a 501(c)(3) status. Although Isabella is no longer with us, the Isabella Santos Foundation continues to hope another child can be saved and will continue to raise money and awareness for the awful disease responsible for stealing her life. Over the years ISF has donated over $1,500,000 for Neuroblastoma research and other children’s cancer charities. Help support our mission and donate today.

Handbags, Heels, & Horsepower
– This November

We are partnering with the Charlotte Auto Show to create a phenomenal event for you & your friends to enjoy! Join us in raising funds for rare pediatric cancer on November 15, 2018. There will be 30+ high-end shoes and purses up for grabs. Attendees have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to compete for their favorite items while enjoying the 300+ vehicles on the showroom floor of the Charlotte Auto show.

Each manufacturers space will carry a different high-end handbag or heels for everyone to win. Erin Santos will be presenting at a seated breakfast to wrap up the morning in support of the Isabella Santos Foundation.

Pumpkin Charity Ball
– Every October

ISF hosts the Pumpkin Charity Ball gala, a black-and-white themed formal event, every year to support Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital. ISF is establishing innovative healthcare programs at Levine Children’s Hospital to treat pediatric oncology patients, and the Pumpkin Charity ball gala raises funds to support these programs for rare pediatric cancer and help solidify Levine Children’s Hospital as a leading healthcare provider in the United States. We hope you will join us for a night of hope, dinner and dancing!

Annual 5K 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run
– Every September

Every September, families come together in Charlotte NC to raise money for pediatric cancer research and local children’s charities. Our 5K for Kids Cancer, 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run is the fastest growing family-friendly race in Charlotte providing fun for the entire family, averaging over 3,000 attendees.

With food and refreshments to help keep you energized, Kids Zone for the little ones including games, face-painting, slides, jump houses, art activities and our raffle/silent auction for the big ones which includes beauty/spa packages, vacations, golf outings, sports memorabilia, jewelry and more.

Golf for a Cure
– June Event

We hosted our first annual “Golf For A Cure” event this past June which was presented by Modern Nissan Lake Norman and hosted at Top Golf in Charlotte, NC. This event is perfect for a girls/guys night out, a double date, or a neighborhood get together.

Food, cocktails, and a silent auction were provided. Top Golf’s tournament style was more social and exciting than traditional on-course golf tournaments and provided day into evening play with no rain-outs or weather delays resulting in a compact timeline and fun for all skill levels. Stay posted for next year’s event! We want you to experience this great event and tee up for an important cause!

Levine Children’s Hospital – 5 Year 5 Million Commitment
– Announced April 10th, 2018

ISF committed $5 million dollars to create a Rare & Solid Tumor Program at Levine Children’s Hospital. This program will oversee care for all solid tumors, rare tumors, metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) therapy, and all related clinical and scientific research at Levine Children’s Hospital.

The donation to Levine Children’s hospital has been one of the single largest in the hospital’s 10-year history, and will fund the creation of a comprehensive team of providers and researchers uniquely positioned to advance care and research for rare and solid tumors.

The team will be constructed over a period of five years, with the initial focus on hiring a medical director, who will be the Isabella Santos Foundation Endowed Chair in Rare & Solid Tumors. This program will serve nearly one-third of the 135 new cancer patients Levine Children’s Hospital sees each year and will allow the hospital to expand their clinical trials.

1st Annual Cocktails for a Cure
– March Event

Our first annual Cocktails For A Cure this past March was a huge success. This event was hosted by our Lake Norman ISF chapter and raised over $30,000! It was a fun night with cocktails, food, and entertainment by Joshua Moyer. Diamonds Direct also helped put the final touches on this night of hope.

We look forward to the upcoming event in 2019! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for our 2019 event in the Lake Norman area, please contact

Jersey Mike’s Subs Support
– Every March

For the past 8 years, The Isabella Santos Foundation has joined forces with local Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants throughout the greater Charlotte area for the Annual March “Month of Giving” campaign to raise funds for pediatric cancer research.

In 2018, 37 Jersey Mike’s restaurants participated in a “Day of Giving” and donated 100% of the day’s sales – not just profit – to the Isabella Santos Foundation and raised $141,000!

ISF MIBG Suites Being Built At Levine Children’s Hospital
– Started March 2018, Set to Complete in December 2018

The Isabella Santos Foundation two-room MIBG Suite is currently under construction at the Levine Children’s Hospital and is set to be done December 2018, with the first patient availability in January 2019. When Isabella was battling Neuroblastoma, her parents were forced to travel to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia due to this treatment not being available in Charlotte. We are excited that we are changing this challenge for other families.

This two-room MIBG suite will include a lead-lined patient room and an anteroom for parents and caregivers, which will provide targeted radiation to pediatric neuroblastoma patients and other rare pediatric cancers with minimal side effects. Most MIBG treatment rooms are just a one-room area for the patient receiving treatment, while their parent or caregiver sits on the other side of a lead-lined shield.

Our two-room suite will give the child receiving treatment the ability to see the parent or caregiver through the connecting room window. In addition, the availability of this room will allow for research studies aimed at testing the effectiveness of early MIBG treatment regimens.