Childhood/Adolescent Cancer Committee

Childhood/Adolescent 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 5 regional action teams comprised of representatives of over thirty childhood cancer organizations. Action teams set regional priorities and work together on statewide initiatives. We unite to:

  • Raise awareness (we do not fundraise)
  • Advocate
  • Provide resources
  • Make our voices heard 

To learn more about the TC2 childhood committee, contact Jennifer Louis, the childhood committee state chair, at

Be an Advocate for Childhood Cancer Research!

  • Children’s Cause for Cancer Advocacy 
  • Coalition Against Childhood Cancer

Statewide Calendar of EventsTennessee Childhood Cancer Awareness Calendar -Fall 2014

8/16 at 9a.m. ET: Butterfly Fund 5K Run/Walkat 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:

8/25 at 8:30a.m. and 1:30p.m. ET: RMHC Verizon Wireless Golf Classicat 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 which 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: Shop Local: Shop Hope.Local businesses in Chattanooga, TN support the Austin Hatcher Foundation by donating a percentage of their proceeds in the month of September. Participating stores include:  Alice Blue, Ellie’s Fine Lingerie, Bone’s Smokehouse, Boutique by K, Embellish Shoes, Greyfriar’s, Healthy Glow Studio, Hennen’s, Plum Nelly, Soli Photography, The Sand Box, Tasty Daylight Donuts, Little Presh, BeYoga , Audrey Ellis, Blue Skies, Brewer Media, Genevieve Bond, HealthScope/CityScope, The Mountain Girls of Keller Williams, Mt. View Ford Lincoln, PURE BARRE, Sophie’s Shoppe,  Super Cuts and The Fitness Cage. For more information visit:

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.

9/1-9/30: Hope Floats pinup campaigns will be offered at Menchie’s, N2 Shoes, Pigtails & Crewcuts, The Daily Flower, and Stone Cup Café , where $1 per pinup will be donated to the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer

9/3 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:

9/5 at 7p.m. ET: Kickin’ It for Kids with Cancerhosted by the Bulldogs of Samford University in Homewood, Alabama. In addition to an exciting soccer game, families who attend will enjoy fun activities and refreshments. Funds raised benefit The Austin Hatcher Foundation’s pediatric care center, Hatch’s House of Hope:

 9/12 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 who attend 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:

9/13 at 9a.m. ET: Hospice of Chattanooga’s Healing Hearts Campis 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:

 9/13 from 10a.m.-4p.m.ET: Coker Tire Cruise In at Coker Tire will feature Derby Car building and races for prizes, benefitting the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. Have fun raising money for children with cancer and a chance to show off your racing skills! To purchase a Derby Car in advance or for more information:

9/14 at 12:45p.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

9/19-9/20 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 

9/20 at 7:30a.m and 8:00a.m. CT: Hustle for the House 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Nashville. The race will start and finish at the Nashville Ronald McDonald House. All participants are welcome to dress in their finest disco attire if the mood strikes! Registration:

9/20: 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 and tickets:

9/20 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:

 9/20 at 9:30 a.m. – 2p.m. ET: Niswonger Children’s Hospital Kids’ Run and Walk N’ Roll at Thomas Stadium in Johnson City. For information and registration:

9/20 at 10a.m.-2p.m.ET: Children’s Hospital at Erlanger Family Fair at the Chattanooga Green (downtown). Activities will promote health/wellness/safety/fun for families!

9/22: 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.

9/27: Teammates for Survivors hosted by the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Centerat the Vanderbilt University Student Recreation Center located at 2700 Children’s Way Nashville, TN 37212. This free event, funded in part by The National Children’s Cancer Society, will educate childhood cancer survivors, their siblings and their families about physical fitness and nutrition.  All cancer survivors, including those who have completed treatment and those still receiving treatment, are invited to participate. The fun-filled, family program will include games, crafts, and nutrition activities. Great giveaways, lunch, and free parking will be provided. To register:

9/27 at 9a.m. ET: Knoxville CureSearch Walkat Volunteer Landing. The CureSearch Walk celebrates and honors children whose lives have been affected by childhood cancer, while raising funds for lifesaving research. Registration:

 9/27 at 6:30 a.m. CT: Hoover Ride For Hopeat 2025 N. Mt. Juliet Rd, Mt. Juliet. The Hoover Hope Foundation helps families with the financial burdens of treatment, supports pediatric cancer research, promotes awareness, and funds local treatment facilities in Tennessee. Registration:

 9/29 at 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. ET: 5th Annual Butterfly Fund Golf Tournamentat 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. Judewill 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.

 10/4 – 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

10/4: Diversionary Therapy during Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia. Join the American Le Mans Series 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:

10/5: 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.

 10/5: at 9a.m.ET: Post Petit Le Mans Motorcycle Charity Ridestarting with a light breakfast and a lap around the famous 2.54 mile track of Road Atlanta and then off into the North Georgia twisties. Registration:

 10/6: 12:30p.m.ET: 2014 Insurors of Chattanooga Golf Tournamentat  Lookout Mountain Golf Club benefiting the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. Includes lunch, 18 holes of championship golf, on-course beverages and chance to win fantastic prizes. For more information visit:

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

10/11 at 9a.m-3pm 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:

10/14 8a.m. and 1p.m. ET: Lana’s Love Golf Tournamentat 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

10/18 at 9a.m. CT: Nashville Curesearch Walkat 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:

10/19: 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:

10/23 at 6p.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:

10/24-10/25: Rally for Kids Celebrity Car Rally Scavenger Contest. Each celebrity joins a team to six activity points in Nashville. Event will benefit childhood cancer research at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Contact

10/31-11/2: 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 at 9a.m. ET: Chattanooga Curesearch Walk at Coolidge Park. Join us as we celebrate and honor children from the Chattanooga area who have been affected by childhood cancer. This event includes prizes, music, food, and fun activities for the entire family!

11/3 at 1:15-2:15p.m.CT: TN Association of School Nurses conference presentation of “Staying Connected” at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro. This workshop addresses the physical, neurocognitive, and psychosocial challenges childhood cancer survivors face when they return to school.

11/8 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: Katie Dolphin at (423) 778-3989 or

11/22: St. Jude Give Thanks Walk.™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:

        Printable Statewide Childhood Cancer Calendar of Events

Regional Action Team Chairs

  • East (Knoxville) –  John Stewart                                       
  • Middle (Nashville) – Jennifer Louis
  • Northeast (Johnson City – Megan Quinn
  • Southeast (Chattanooga) –Sugar Wheeler
  • West (Memphis) – Alicia Huettel


Legislative advocacy

  • Presentation “TN is Key to Ending Childhood Cancer”  to Members of Congress resulting in eight of nine TN   Representatives joining the House Pediatric Cancer Caucus
  • Proclamations, Letters to Editors


  • A Statewide Calendar of Events for September/Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Fall 2014 is included at the bottom of this page.
  • ABC-123 Healthy Kids Tennessee:  Let’s Eat Well, Play, and Be Aware, Every Day Awareness curriculum for preschool/childcare providers
  • Signs/Symptoms Childhood Cancer poster in multiple languages
  • Cure 4 Kids – an educational outreach initiative of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, it helps school children, their parents and teachers understand the basic science and treatment of cancer.  Through the use of age-appropriate content, the program focuses on addressing common misconceptions about childhood cancer, instilling healthy habits in children that can help prevent the development of adult cancer, and increasing children’s overall interest in science and scientific careers.


  • Back To School Workshops for school staff, medical providers, and families addressing the physical, neurocognitive, and psychosocial effects of childhood cancer treatments
  • Online Resource Guide for Tennessee Families (projected completion 1/12)

Committee Members represent the following organizations:

Tennessee Hospitals by Region:

  • East: East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
  • Middle: Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital/ Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
  • Northeast: Niswonger Children’s Hospital/St. Jude Affiliate
  • Southeast: Children’s Hospital at Erlanger
  • West: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital