ISF Ohio Chapter

Join Us Thursday, May 3rd, 2018, The Forge by Pillar Technology

We are thrilled to have expanded our organization into Ohio and Nationwide Children’s in 2017.  We look forward to creating more of an impact!  Please  join us at our 2nd annual Cocktails for a Cure event to learn about pediatric cancer research, treatments and programs that impact local children in the Ohio community.   All of the proceeds from the event benefit neuroblastoma research at Nationwide Children’s.

Isabella Santos Foundation, Ohio Chapter

The Isabella Santos Foundation (ISF) is a childhood cancer foundation dedicated to raising funds for research for neuroblastoma, other rare pediatric cancers, and charities that directly impact the lives of children with cancer. ISF was founded in honor of Isabella Santos who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the age of two.   Neuroblastoma is a rare cancer with a survival rate of less than 40%.  Isabella fought the disease for five years, but due to the lack of funding for pediatric cancer, her options ran out and she lost her battle.s

In 2017, ISF expanded into Ohio with our inaugural Cocktails for a Cure.  With Ohio being Isabella’s mommy’s home state, her hometown family and friends wanted to help in her fight against pediatric cancer.  Attendees gathered to learn about pediatric cancer research, treatments and programs that impact local children in the central Ohio community.  $30,000 was generously raised benefitting neuroblastoma research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. s

“We are very grateful to the Isabella Santos Foundation for their generosity and dedication to supporting the research that is so important to so many of our families,” said Steve Testa, senior vice president and executive director of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation. “This gift helps us continue to discover new ways to deliver the best possible care to our patients, who come to Nationwide Children’s from across the country and around the globe.”

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of nearly 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at

Our ISF Ohio Chapter is always looking for volunteers to help make an impact and bring in more funds for Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  Contact Connie, Isabella’s Grandmother, to learn more about volunteering and making a difference.

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The Isabella Santos Foundation is excited to announce our 2nd Annual Ohio Chapter event, Cocktails for a Cure, on Thursday, May 3rd from 6:30-9:30. We hope you will join us at the trendy “Forge by Pillar Technology” facility located in the Smith Brothers Warehouse in Short North.  Philanthropic women and men will gather again, to learn about what pediatric cancer research, treatments and programs The Isabella Santos Foundation is working towards that will impact local children in the Ohio community.

We are looking for businesses in the Columbus area who have interest in sponsoring and making an impact for kids in their local community. Please contact Denise Shah or Erin Santos if you are interested in a sponsorship opportunity.

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Help us move the needle forward on pediatric cancer research, honoring Isabella the entire way.