Our Mission and Goals

The Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation’s vision is to reach every family affected by childhood cancer in the Northern Nevada and Eastern Sierra regions.

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for children with cancer and their families by providing financial assistance and compassionate support programs while advocating for increased research funds and raising public awareness.

Our goals are:

  1. To alleviate the financial burden and emotional strain that comes with the battle against childhood cancer.
  2. To enhance and expand public awareness of childhood cancer.
  3. To promote research to find a cure.
  4. To be proactive in assisting families throughout the treatment journey by connecting them with other national, regional and local resources.

This is why we exist

Childhood cancer isn't just one disease, but a culmination of many types of different cancers, that are affecting a large group of infants, adolescents and young adults.

“Every year, an estimated 263,000 new cases of cancer affect children under the age of 20 worldwide… That’s 720 new kids affected every day.”



This means just in our Northern Nevada region, “nearly 50 children are diagnosed with some form of childhood cancer each year and the average length of treatment is 2-5 years.”

Even more daunting than the statistics describing the numbers of lives touched by childhood cancer are those associated with it’s detrimental affect on the pocket book. Over half of all families with a child, adolescent, or young adult diagnosed with a type of childhood cancer will file for personal bankruptcy because of the cost of fighting the disease.

How it All Began

The Foundation was formed when Angel Kiss Foundation and Keaton Raphael Memorial (Reno office) legally merged on September 1, 2009. NNCCF continues to grow established programs and find ways to more effectively use the donations made to our foundation. NNCCF is a comprehensive resource organization providing financial and emotional assistance, advocacy, awareness and research funds. Since its inception, the Foundation has helped over 300 families and provided more than $1.8 million in direct financial assistance.

See how deep our roots go.


Debbie Strickland : Executive Director

Debbie Strickland

Leslie Katich : Programs and Services

Leslie Katich

Caitlin Bell : Executive Administrator

Caitlin Bell

Lizzie Dalton : Grant Specialist

Lizzie Dalton

Lisa Shaffer : Community Outreach Specialist

Lisa Shaffer

Derah Anderson : Bookkeeper

Derah Anderson

Meet our Board of Directors

A Little Love Sent Our Way

 “Thank you so much, for everything you do. In a time where our worries are abundant, you make life a little less complicated.” ~ Mother of 15 yr. old sarcoma patient


“Your financial support of our family along with the loving celebration you always surround us with is amazing. We are grateful.” ~parents of 6 yr. old leukemia patient


“Thank you so much for the additional $1,000 scholarship. Graduation is now approaching for the Police Academy and alongside it, many new expenses are also around the corner. This additional money will help greatly in meeting these new financial burdens. Thank you.” ~ 22 yr. old lymphoma patient

NNCCF_LittleLoveKitesI was brought to tears when I opened your Thanksgiving letter. Seriously, I just can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done for our family. I’m so grateful and thankful. I will do anything I can to help your wonderful foundation and families in our situation.” ~Mother of 11 yr. old lymphoma patient.


“Thank you so very much for providing me with such an incredible scholarship. These extra funds will help me greatly in finishing my undergraduate college education and continuing on to medical school. I cannot thank you enough and I wish I could even begin to express how thankful I am.” ~ 20 yr. old leukemia survivor


“Thank you for all that you do. You mean the world to families like mine.” 

~ Family of  14 yr. old leukemia patient.

Annual Reports

NNCCF takes pride in their Annual Reports. We want to share with you our success throughout the year and celebrate the accomplishments we have long been working toward to better serve our families!

2013 Annual Report

Tax Form

It may be dry (or even downright boring) but it's important none the less.

NNCCF is a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.

All tax-exempt organizations with incomes of more than $25,000 must file Form 990 with the Internal Revenue Service.