Childhood Cancer Committee

To achieve the goal and objectives in the childhood chapter of the State of Tennessee Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2013-2017, the childhood committee developed five regional action teams comprised of representatives of over thirty childhood cancer organizations. Action teams set regional priorities and work together on statewide initiatives. Please turn to pages 6-10 of the State Plan to view the Childhood Cancer chapter.
We unite to:
a. raise of awareness (we do not raise funds),
b. advocate,
c. provide resources, and
d. make our voices heard. To learn more about the TC2 childhood committee, contact Jennifer Louis, the childhood committee state chair.

Did you know that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month? Take a look at the events and activities taking place in September and in the fall, posted below. This list will be updated each year.

Click on the link below to see the goals listed in the state cancer plan specific to childhood cancer OR click the link at the top of the page to access a full copy of Tennessee’s state cancer plan. The Childhood Cancer chapter begins on page 6.

Goals of the State of Tennessee Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2013-2017 for Childhood Cancer

Calendar of Events

Click on the link above for a printable calendar of childhood cancer activities throughout the state for fall 2015 – Childhood Cancer Awareness

2015 TN Childhood Cancer Awareness Calendar

8/15 at 9a.m. ET: Butterfly Fund 5K Run/Walk at Cherokee Boulevard in Sequoyah Hills in Knoxville. The Butterfly Fund raises money to support local, regional and national pediatric cancer research, treatments, and services, including those at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Contact:

8/17 at 6 – 9p.m.: Kickoff Cocktail Party for Rally for Kids with Cancer at The Rosewall, 1120 McGavock St., Nashville, TN 37203. Honorary Chair, Eddie George, will be present as guests learn about the Rally for Kids with Cancer Celebrity Scavenger Contest on Oct. 2 and 3. All proceeds for the Rally for Kids Scavenger Cup support the Rally Foundation benefiting childhood cancer research at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

RSVP: Kalla Tonus- Burman at

8/17 at 8:30a.m. and 1:30p.m. ET: RMHC Verizon Wireless Golf Classic at Black Creek Club to benefit Ronald McDonald House of Chattanooga. Contact: Tiffany Cobb (423) 778-4338

9/1 – ongoing: ABC-123 Healthy Kids in Tennessee: Let’s Eat Well, Play, and Be Aware Every Day training materials and related resources for implementation at childcare centers throughout the state. Providers who participate in the online training will receive a completion certificate that may be submitted to the Tennessee Department of Human Services as documentation of training hours. Areas of emphasis include awareness of childhood cancer, healthy eating/nutrition, active play/physical fitness, and awareness of secondhand smoke. Contact:

9/1 – ongoing: Gilda’s Club Nashville presents Been There, Done That: A Post Treatment Group for Middle & High Schoolers with Megan Ingram Forshey, LCSW. Finished with cancer treatment? Back to school? Back to life? Connect with peers who totally “get it.” Meets on Monday at 6-7:30p.m.CT, twice a month. To sign up contact: 329-1124 or

9/1-9/30: Chili’s More Hope campaign encourages guests to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® through several Chili’s in-restaurants, digital, and interactive promotions.

9/2 at 11:30a.m. CT: Tennessee Cancer Coalition Middle TN regional meeting at Vanderbilt 100 Oaks in Nashville will recognize Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Visit:

9/3 at 5p.m.-7p.m. & 9/4 at noon-1p.m. CT: Labor Day Life Celebration at St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Games, prizes, food, drinks, and arts and crafts provided for patients during the event.

9/11 at 7p.m. ET: Kickin It for Kids with Cancer hosted by the Lady Flames of Lee University in Cleveland, TN. In addition to an exciting soccer game, families will enjoy fun activities and refreshments. Includes a T-shirt sale and local restaurants donate percentage of sales during game week. Funds raised benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation’s pediatric care center, Hatch’s House of Hope:

9/12 at 9a.m. ET: Hospice of Chattanooga’s Healing Hearts Camp is designed to help children, ages 5 to 11, cope with the death of a loved one. Art, music, pets, and playtime are just a few of the activities Healing Hearts will feature at Christ United Methodist Church. Healing Hearts will host a special adult therapy session from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Information:

9/12: Franklin 4 The Cure morning Walk/Run/Festival and evening Concert at Westhaven (HWY 96 West) in Franklin to benefit Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Registration:

9/13 at 1p.m. ET: Lana’s Love Lake Winnie Trip in Chattanooga.

Invite the whole family to come out and enjoy a day at the park. “Helping children who have cancer and their families have fun.” Contact: Holly at (423) 322-7015 or

9/19 at 7:30a.m and 8:00a.m. CT: Hustle for the House 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Nashville. The race will start and finish at the Nashville Ronald McDonald House. Visit:

9/19 at 6:30p.m. ET: 6th Annual Celebration of Life & Hope at Stratton Hall in Chattanooga. This event will benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation’s pediatric care center, Hatch’s House of Hope. Come celebrate and enjoy an evening of great food, auctions, and live entertainment. For tickets visit:

9/19: Diversionary Therapy Event at 4th Nostalgia NationalsBowling Green Kentucky. Join the Nostalgia Nationals and the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer (based in Tennessee) as families come at no charge and enjoy a VIP experience and a fun-filled day at the track. Information:

9/26: St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer™ takes place in communities across the country to help kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases. In Tennessee, noncompetitive 5K walks are planned in Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis, and Tri-Cities: Information:

9/28: Donate Profits Day: In an effort to achieve Chili’s 10 year-goal of raising $50 million to support kids battling cancer at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, all of the net-profits from meals served on Sept. 22 will be donated to the hospital.

9/28 at 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. ET: 7th Annual Butterfly Fund Golf Tournament at Fox Den Country Club in Knoxville. Registration accepted online until 9/15. The Butterfly Fund raises money to support East Tennessee Children’s Hospital as well as local, regional and national pediatric cancer research, treatments, and services. Contact:

10/1-10/31: Halloween Pinups for St. Jude will be sold in October at retail locations in Tennessee and nationwide to help fight childhood cancer. Employees of participating establishments will ask patrons to make a $1 donation to St. Jude.

10/2-10/3 Rally for Kids with Cancer Celebrity Scavenger Contest, Nashville begins 10/2 with our Celebrity Draft Party at OZ Art Center 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle, Nashville, as teams draft their favorite Celebrity Navigator. On 10/3 Rally Day begins with the Start Your Engine’s Brunch at Patron’s Club, Bridgestone Arena where participants fuel up for the fun day ahead. Teams compete in five challenging pit stops across Nashville, to win the coveted Scavenger Cup. The Rally finishes off at the Winners Circle Gala at the Downtown Hilton with great food, a silent and live auction, live entertainment, and the winner is announced! All proceeds support the Rally Foundation benefiting childhood cancer research at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. To register: Event Website:

10/3 – 10/31: Cooper Trooper Foundation Pumpkin Patch at the corner of Cool Springs Blvd. and Mallory Lane in Franklin. All profits from the pumpkin sales support the foundation’s mission of helping families fight childhood cancer by providing Courage Kits to the siblings of children diagnosed with cancer. Additionally, the foundation financially supports an endowed pediatric cancer research fund at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. For more information: (615) 944-6637 or

10/3 at 10a.m.-6p.m. & 10/4 at 1p.m.-5p.m. CT: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga’s 26th Annual Autumn Children’s Festival at the Tennessee Riverpark on Amnicola Highway. The festival features activities for all ages including: giant inflatables, carnival games with fun prizes, arts and crafts, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, costumed character appearances, plus health, wellness and educational programs. Admission and parking are free. Cost of activities ranges from 50 cents to $3.00. Proceeds benefit families at the Ronald McDonald House. Contact: Tiffany Cobb (423) 778-4338 or

10/3: Diversionary Therapy during Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia. Join the International Motorsports Association and the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer (based in Tennessee) for the 9th Annual Diversionary Therapy Event. Families come at no charge and enjoy a VIP experience including a catered lunch in the Foundation’s trackside hospitality tent and a fun-filled day at the track. Kids and families participate in flag ceremonies and meet drivers from all over the world. Information:

10/4: Post Petit Le Mans Series Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Chateau Elan Golf Course, the Legends in Braselton, Georgia. Come play golf with the icons of motorsports to benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation in Tennessee. Day includes contests, goodie bag, lunch and snacks. Registration: or call 423-243-3475.

10/9 at 5:30p.m. CT: Light The Night at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. A walk in honor of families whose lives have been changed due to cancer. It is hosted by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Registration:

10/10 at 9a.m-3p.m. ET: Hospice of Chattanooga’s Healing Hearts Camp at the Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center is designed to help teens (ages 12-18) cope with the death of a loved one. Healing Hearts will host a special adult therapy session from 9am to 11:30am. Information:

10/12 at noon CT: Ronald McDonald House Golf Ball Tournament at Hillwood Country Club in Nashville. Registration:

10/17 at 9a.m. CT: Nashville Curesearch Walk at Centennial Park. Join us as we celebrate and honor children from the Nashville area who have been affected by childhood cancer. This event includes prizes, music, food, and fun activities for the entire family! Registration:

10/18: Join Team CMB at the 7 Bridges Marathon at Renaissance Park in Chattanooga to support the Christian Bryant Foundation, which helps to expand the medical care and resources available to children in the greater Chattanooga area. Registration:

10/20 at 8a.m. and 1p.m. ET: Lana’s Love Golf Tournament at Windstone Golf Club, 9230 Windstone Drive Ringgold, GA 30736. This tournament raises funds for Lana’s Love which sponsors year round, fun events at no charge for families affected by childhood cancer. Lana’s Love mission is “Helping Children with Cancer and their Families have FUN!” For more information please contact Holly at (423) 322-7015 or

10/22 at 5:30p.m. ET: Light the Night at Circle Park on the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville. A walk in honor of families whose lives have been changed due to cancer. It is hosted by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Registration:

10/23-10/24 at 6p.m. CT: St. Jude Ride Memphis, a 24-hour team-relay cycling event uniting riders of all ages in the fight against childhood cancer. Riders bike on Riverside Drive and camp at Tom Lee Park for 24 hours of live music, great food, and cycling fun. Contact: (800) 238-6030

10/24 at 9a.m. ET: Knoxville CureSearch Walk at Volunteer Landing. The CureSearch Walk celebrates and honors children whose lives have been affected by childhood cancer, while raising funds for lifesaving research. Registration:

10/30/11/1: Camp Charley at the Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, Ky and Tennessee families are welcome! Children and their families (up to 8 members) are invited to attend free of charge; there is space for fifteen families to attend during this weekend. This is a special time of fun and activities in lodge style camping. It is a modern facility with medical resources available at all times. Activities include crafts, horseback riding, bowling, boat paddling, and fellowship with other families facing blood cancers. Information:

11/1: Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Survivorship Celebration at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center. This is a free event for everyone whose life has been affected by cancer, including adult and childhood cancer patients and survivors, family members, friends and medical professionals. For information:

11/14 at 8a.m. CT: Chickamauga Battlefield 5K Run for Miracles at the 6th Calvary Museum in Oglethorpe, GA. Five dollars from every registration fee will go to benefit the Children’s Hospital Foundation at Erlanger. Contact:

Be an Advocate for Childhood Cancer Research
Children’s Cause for Cancer Advocacy
People Against Childhood Cancer
Coalition Against Childhood Cancer
Regional Action Team Chairs

East (Knoxville) – John Stewart

Middle (Nashville) – Jennifer Louis

Northeast (Johnson City) – Megan Quinn

Southeast (Chattanooga) – Bryan Humphreys

West (Memphis) – Alicia Huettel

Legislative Advocacy

U.S. and TN Capitol Hill visits. Presentation of “Tennessee is Key to Ending Childhood Cancer’ to Members of Congress resulted in eight of nine United States representatives from Tennessee joining the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus.


Letters to Editor


A statewide calendar of events is included on this page.

ABC-123 Healthy Kids in Tennessee: Let’s Eat Well, Play, and Be Aware, Every Day- Awareness curriculum for preschool/childcare providers


Back to School workshops for school staff, medical providers, and families addressing the physical, neurocognitive, and psychologcial effects of childhood cancer treatments.

Online resource Guide for Tennessee Families (projected completion January 2016).
Committee Members Represent the Following Organizations:

Tennessee Hospitals by Region:

East: East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

Middle: Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital/Vanderbilt-Ingram Center

Northeast: Niswonger Children’s Hospital/St. Jude Affiliate

Southeast: Children’s Hospital at Erlanger

West: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Tennessee Organizations:

Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer

Butterfly Fund

Cooper Trooper Foundation


Emily’s Power for a Cure

Franklin 4 the Cure

Gabe’s My Heart

Hoover Hope Foundation

Hospice of Chattanooga

Jade’s Fund

Katie’s Helping Hand

Kidz Team

Lana’s Love

Lily’s Garden

Live Lovely

Playing by Air

Ronald McDonald House of Chattanooga

Tennessee Cancer Coalition Childhood Action Team

National Organizations:

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

American Childhood Cancer Organization/Candlelighters

Coalition Against Childhood Cancer

Children’s Cause for Cancer Advocacy


Children’s Oncology Group

46 Momma’s Shave for the Brave (St. Baldrick’s)

Gilda’s Club

Lighthouse Family Retreat

LiveStrong Foundation

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

National Children’s Cancer Society

People Against Childhood Cancer

Rally Foundation

St. Baldrick’s Foundation

The Wellness/Cancer Support Community