Our Mission and Goals

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.

NNCCF will provide help, hope and courage so that no family faces childhood cancer alone.  Our vision is to enrich the lives of children and their families who are diagnosed with cancer in the Northern Nevada region.  We will do this by striving to ease the heavy financial and emotional burden that these families face.  We will educate our community so that, together we can dedicate more resources to put toward the fight.  We will support research so that our children receive the best possible treatment, and one day, a cure will be found.

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.
Please note: NNCCF provides the list of medical providers at our clients’ request.  NNCCF does not have any agreements with these medical providers to refer patients to these providers, nor would NNCCF be willing to enter into any such agreement.  Rather, this list identifies medical providers who provide pediatric oncology treatments about which NNCCF is aware (listed in alphabetical order so as to avoid any appearance of NNCCF expressing a preference for one medical provider over another).  NNCCF cannot and will not provide advice to our clients concerning (1) what treatment to pursue; (2) from which medical providers to seek treatment; (3) insurance coverage for treatments prescribed and/or received; or (4) any other decision affecting the health and/or medical treatment of our clients.  NNCCF hopes that its clients find this list to be a useful first step in locating appropriate treatment, and NNCCF encourages all clients to conduct their own research as to appropriate pediatric oncology treatment, and to make their own decisions concerning these issues.

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 400 families and provided more than $2.5 million in direct financial assistance.

See how deep our roots go.


Derah Anderson : Operations Director

Derah Anderson

Operations Director

Nicole Bennett : Programs and Services Assistant

Nicole Bennett

Programs and Services Assistant

Joan Carpenter : Volunteer Extraordinaire

Joan Carpenter

Volunteer Extraordinaire

Lizzie Dalton : Grant Specialist

Lizzie Dalton

Grant Specialist

Lindsey Gross : Community Outreach Coordinator

Lindsey Gross

Community Outreach Coordinator

Desiree Henderson : Bookkeeper

Desiree Henderson


Lisa May, LSW : Director of Programs and Services

Lisa May, LSW

Director of Programs and Services

Lisa Shaffer : Director of Community Engagement

Lisa Shaffer

Director of Community Engagement

Debbie Strickland : Executive Director

Debbie Strickland

Executive Director

Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors

Interested in joining the NNCCF Board? Send us your information here!

Meet Our Donors

The Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation recognizes the vital and valuable contribution and support from our sponsors and donors who help us ensure no child or their family will walk the childhood cancer journey alone. We rely on the generosity and support of all our partners.

Meet our Help, Hope, Courage Donors

Meet our Hope Society Members

Meet Our In-Kind Donors

Meet our Coffee Club Members

Why Kites?

Our wKites Isolatedebsite and many other publications of NNCCF include kites somewhere in the design. You may wonder why we chose kites. Kites are  a symbol of joy, hope, innocence and imagination. Kites are also a reminder to all that there is life after a child is diagnosed with cancer.

Annual Report

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!

2016 NNCCF Annual Report

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