Our Vision

Solving Kids’ Cancer is not just our name, it’s our mission. We focus on aggressive childhood cancers with low survival rates—because Every Kid Deserves to Grow Up. Solving Kids' Cancer helps accelerate new, next-generation treatments, including immunotherapy, cancer vaccines, and new drugs by applying an understanding of the entire childhood cancer research landscape to wisely invest in innovative projects.

 

We extend our reach globally to fully understand the research landscape so that we may influence and strengthen the science, resulting in more cures for children.  Solving Kids' Cancer fosters the development of innovative clinical trials that bring more effective treatments to children both in the U.S., Europe and beyond.

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Solving Kids’ Cancer finds, funds, and advocates for breakthrough treatment options to cure children with the most fatal childhood cancers.

Family Founded

Founded by two fathers who lost their children to cancer, Solving Kids’ Cancer identifies and addresses the areas of greatest need in childhood cancer research. Our proactive agenda puts the child at the center of everything we do. We collaborate with researchers and institutions nationally and internationally to ensure that we fund the most promising research, reach more children, and solve kids’ cancer sooner.

Our Founders

John London

The inspiration for John London in co-founding Solving Kids' Cancer belongs solely to his daughter, Penelope, who once told him "I want no one to feel yucky, Daddy." Those words drove bot John and his wife, Catherine, to make sure that no other children and families suffer the loss his family had to endure with the passing of Penelope. As Chairman of the Board of Directors, John has primary responsibilities with SKC that include leadership and overall management of organizational governance, compliance, donor cultivation, and fundraising. John also serves as a strategic advisor in all areas of therapeutic development. John is a Portfolio Manager at Hudson Bay Capital. He has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.

Scott Kennedy

Scott co-founded SKC in 2007 as a tribute to his son, Hazen Kennedy, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at age 3. Hazen was Scott's inspiration for creating Solving Kids' Cancer in part because Hazen wanted to become a scientist when he grew up in order to help people by creating new medicines. As Executive Director, Scott is integrally involved in the identification, funding, and management of the organization's scientific programs. Before co-founding SKC, Scott worked in marketing at CDW in Chicago and then at Pfizer in New York City. He also founded a New York City theatre and sightseeing business called Manfreakinhattan. Scott has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Psychology from Indiana University and a MBA from the Asian Institute of Management

Our Inspiration

Penelope London

Penelope was born a very healthy, beautiful, playful, extraordinary, and happy baby. Hindsight doesn’t give us the privilege of knowing where things went wrong. But they did. They went terribly, terribly wrong when, at 16 months, she was diagnosed with a very rare form of pediatric cancer. Up until then there was absolutely no indication whatsoever that she was sick, not from the pediatricians’ perspective, nor from the keen eye of an experienced parent. It was like watching those television commercials about horrible diseases that strike other children, but you just know in your gut, and you thank God, that it will never happen to your child. But it did.

And that is all that will be said about her illness in this portion of the website -- that it can strike any child, at any time, and in the most surreptitious of ways. After all, this page is about Penelope, as she would have wanted it to be; not about her illness and subsequent death short of her 5th birthday. The illness did not define her; but her strength and courage during her life is what will drive and define the momentum to ultimately find a cure.

Penelope was the strongest life force we have ever felt. She practically glowed. No person was more radiant, beautiful, courageous, or loving. To know her was to have your soul penetrated by pure goodness. Life was her canvas for us to watch her display such joy and beauty; it was a wondrous rainbow of colors, life, determination, energy, intelligence, and love.

Penelope brightened every room she entered both with the sparkle in her eyes and the corners of her mouth that would always rise just so into that amazing smile that took over her face. Her thirst for life truly permeated her every move and engaged everyone around her. Whether it was putting on big girl make-up with her older sister Isabelle, or jumping the waves and riding bikes with her little brother Oliver, baking cupcakes and making whipped cream -- always insisting on licking the spoon. She just wanted to play, learn, have fun, and to be made to laugh. She taught us and everyone around her how to live life to its fullest, how to stay in the moment, and how to make the best of every single part of every day, even when she was feeling deeply “yucky.”

Our greatest gift is that we will forever be Penelope’s parents. Her nearly five years were a blessing, and in her short time, her smile, laugh, determination, and absolute love for life affected so many who came in contact with her or followed her story. Our inspiration for co-founding Solving Kids' Cancer belongs solely to our amazing daughter who once told us, "I don’t want anybody to ever feel yucky.” Our hope is to make her wish come true.

Hazen Kennedy

“I don’t want anybody to ever feel yucky.”

Penelope London

Our Impact:

Learning that nifurtimox, an anti-parasitic drug, put a child with neuroblastoma into remission, SKC quickly launched a clinical trial which has extended the lives of children with this deadly cancer.

Board of Directors

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John London

Co-founder, Chair

John London co-founded Solving Kids' Cancer in honor of his daughter Penelope, who once told him "I want no one to feel yucky, Daddy." He is Board Chair of Solving Kids’ Cancer and serves as a strategic advisor in all areas of therapeutic development. He has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.

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Catherine London

Co-founder

Catherine London co-founded Solving Kids' Cancer in honor of her daughter Penelope with her husband John London. An author and writer, Catherine was previously a prosecutor at the New York County District Attorney’s Office. She graduated from New York Law School and has a BA from Brown University.

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Mark Savoye

Mark N. Savoye is a Vice President, New Payments Business at MasterCard. He joined MasterCard in 2008. Prior to joining MasterCard, Mark served as a Director at American Express. Mark holds a BS degree from New York University Stern School of Business in Marketing and International Business. Mark serves on the board of directors of Madison Strategies.

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Scott Kennedy

Co-founder

Scott Kennedy co-founded Solving Kids’ Cancer as a tribute to his son Hazen, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at age 3. As Executive Director, Scott is integrally involved in the identification, funding, and management of the organization's scientific programs. He has a BS in Chemistry and Psychology from Indiana University and an MBA from the Asian Institute of Management.

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Khalil Barrage

Khalil Barrage is a Managing Director at Invus, based in New York. He joined Invus in 2003 and established its Public Equity activity. Since its inception, Invus Public Equity has concentrated its investments in the emerging innovative biotech companies. Prior to joining Invus, he worked at The Olayan Group in New York and ran their US equity portfolio for 15 years. He holds a BA in Economics from the American University of Beirut. He is a member of the board of Protagenic and Celtaxsys. As part of his philanthropic engagement, Khalil serves on the board of the Children of Armenia Fund and Solving Kids’ Cancer.

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Channing Stave, PhD

Channing Stave, Ph.D., is Chief Operating Officer of Newristics, a marketing and market research consulting firm focusing on Life Sciences. Prior to co-founding Newristics, he led the Strategies and Market Insights team at Express Scripts (formerly Medco). He has also held senior positions at Pfizer and IBM. He is a founding board member of Solving Kids’ Cancer and currently serves as Secretary. In addition, he is Co-President of the Board of Directors for Camp Zeke and serves on the board of Madison Strategies Group. He holds a BA from Columbia University and a MA and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from New York University.

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Michael Niedzielski

Michael’s daughter, Bianca, was diagnosed with ETMR in 2016, a grade IV brain cancer which she has been fighting ever since. Michael is a Vice President at T. Rowe Price and focuses on European small-cap equity. Prior to T. Rowe Price, he worked at Fidelity Investments. Michael holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is a dual French/Brazilian citizen and currently lives in London with his wife and two daughters.

Scientific Advisory Board

Hearn Jay Cho, MD, PhD

Mount Sinai Hospital

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology

Kenneth J. Cohen, MD, MBA

Johns Hopkins University

Director, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology/Associate Professor of Oncology

David Kaplan, PhD

Hospital for Sick Children

Co-Chair of Science Advisory Council, Brain Canada

Mark Kieran, MD, PhD

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Director of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Program

David Loeb, MD, PhD

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore

Chief of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology

Chrystal U. Louis, MD, MPH

Baylor College of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Tobey J. MacDonald, MD

Emory University

Associate Professor Pediatrics Director, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program

Rimas J. Orentas, PhD

Lentigen Technology Inc., A Miltenyi Biotec Company‬

Director, Translational Research and Development‪

Stephen S. Roberts, MD

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Pediatric oncologist

Corporate Partners

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Major Energy is a leading Energy Supply Company and the Official Energy Partner of the New York Yankees, New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden. And now a proud partner with Solving Kid’s Cancer. Serving business and residential customers in IL, MA, MD, NJ, NY and PA, our electricity and natural gas rates stay locked in protecting against utility price increases. Utilities deliver. Major Energy supplies. You and Solving Kid’s Cancer benefit.

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Paul Hastings is a leading international law firm that provides innovative legal solutions to many of the world's top financial institutions and Fortune Global 500 companies. With 18 offices across Asia, Europe, and the U.S., we have the global reach and extensive capabilities to provide personalized service wherever our clients' needs take us. In 2011, Paul Hastings ranked 3rd on The American Lawyer's A-List of the 20 most successful law firms in America.

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP provides the highest quality legal advice and representation to clients around the world. The results the Firm achieves have set it apart for more than 130 years and have become a model for the modern practice of law. Today, S&C is a leader in each of its core practice areas and in each of its geographic markets.

Charity Partners

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The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation honors the life of 14-year-old Andrew who battled leukemia before leaving us on 7/14/2007. Andrew’s B+ blood type became his family’s and friend’s motto throughout his fight against childhood cancer to “Be Positive.” The B+ Foundation is about kids helping kids fight cancer -- by providing financial and emotional support to families of children with cancer, and by funding critical, cutting-edge childhood cancer research.

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Committed to continuing Catherine’s fight, The Catherine Elizabeth Blair Memorial Foundation is focused on research and treatment to support the development of new treatments that are less toxic and less painful for children, and still effective at annihilating this vicious disease.

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The EVAN Foundation was established in memory of Evan Lindberg who bravely battled neuroblastoma for four years before passing away at the age of 7 in 2010. The Foundation funds research aimed at fostering new treatment options for children with neuroblastoma, and sponsors patient-wellness programs for childhood cancer patients enduring long and difficult stays in the hospital.

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It is our dream at “Fishin’ for the Cure” to one day live in a world where no child has to suffer from the painstaking battle of cancer...that one day, there will be hope and there will be a cure! We collaborate with like-minded nonprofits to help fund more research projects and assist families in our local communities who are affected by childhood cancers.

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The mission of the Fitzgerald Cancer Fund is to battle neuroblastoma better by finding and funding less toxic treatments for neuroblastoma that focus on high quality of life for patients and by financially assisting families who have a child in treatment for neuroblastoma.

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Joining Against Cancer in Kids was established in 2008 to bring therapies in the UK and improve existing treatment protocols for children with neuroblastoma as well as research into new treatments. The initiative was supported by officers of the Metropolitan Police Service, and also by family and friends of Jack Brown.

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The James Fund for Neuroblastoma Research was established at Sick Kids Hospital, where all funding goes directly to research and investigation efforts for neuroblastoma therapies. The James Fund represents Canada on the Advances in Neuroblastoma Research (ANR) group, an international think tank of neuroblastoma scientists raising the bar on neuroblastoma research worldwide.

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The Make Some Noise: Cure Kids Cancer Foundation was established by a child with cancer with one purpose in mind: to fund pediatric cancer research. To that end, the foundation serves as a vehicle to secure private funding to distribute to research facilities and promote awareness through its fund raising activities. The designation of funds to various research facilities is cancer specific and based on the foundation's annual evaluation of the latest research.

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Solving Kids' Cancer UK helps children access potentially life-saving treatment, whilst supporting research that not only aims to introduce new treatments but also bring existing internationally available options here to the UK. We support parents by sharing the most current resources available for neuroblastoma treatments and providing access to other parents who want to share their knowledge and experiences

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Pierce Alexander Phillips is the inspiration for Scott and Brandi Phillips, and fuels the Pierce Phillips Charity. PPC exists to make progress in the fight against neuroblastoma and other forms of childhood cancers by directing funds to research and trials that can increase survivorship now and that will eventually lead to a cure for the most innocent of cancer victims.

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The Ronan Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and funding cutting edge research for childhood cancer. We are committed to funding clinical trials to reduce the number of children affected by childhood cancer, increase survival rates and minimize long term medical and psychological effects of treatment.

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The Ty Louis Campbell Foundation funds innovative research and clinical trials specifically geared toward the treatment of the deadliest childhood cancers (including brain and spinal cord tumors). TLC seeks less toxic, more effective treatments that are specifically designed for children fighting cancer.

The mission of Wade's Army is to fund research and bring support to the brave children and families affected by this often fatal pediatric cancer.

Band of Parents is a grassroots, nonprofit organization that funds innovative research and clinical trials for neuroblastoma, helping increase the survival rate for this childhood cancer. We are a support network for the newly diagnosed and their families as they go through treatment. Our goal as parents is to fast track a cure using less toxic, targeted therapies.

A Kids’ Brain Tumor Cure Foundation (aka PLGA Foundation), founded in 2007, is dedicated to finding more effective, less toxic and less punishing treatments for eradicating low grade glioma brain cancer in children.  Our goal is to accelerate the pace of promising scientific pediatric brain tumor research through: Raising funds to support state of the art scientific research and raising awareness with scientists, doctors, lay people and pharmaceutical companies about the lack of existing effective treatments and a cure.

The Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation (CNCF) is a non-profit national health organization committed to finding a cure for neuroblastoma through research, education, awareness and advocacy. The premier source for neuroblastoma information and resources, CNCF initiatives educate the public about a disease dramatically lacking in awareness and funding. It serves as an advocate for families, as well as a liaison between healthcare providers and families.

For all media inquiries, please contact info@solvingkidscancer.org.

The Team at Solving Kids' Cancer

Scott Kennedy

Executive Director

Scott co-founded SKC in 2007 as a tribute to his son, Hazen Kennedy, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at age 3. Hazen was Scott’s inspiration for creating Solving Kids' Cancer in part because Hazen wanted to become a scientist when he grew up in order to help people by creating new medicines. As Director of Mission Programs, he is integrally involved in the identification, funding, and management of the organization’s scientific programs. Scott has a BS in Chemistry and Psychology from Indiana University and a MBA from the Asian Institute of Management.

Donna Ludwinski

Director of Research Programs

Admiration for the SKC mission and method noted while her son Erik battled neuroblastoma led to a productive collaboration after his death in 2010. Donna is a voracious consumer of pediatric oncology research literature and attends major oncology meetings and presents at conferences. She is an FDA Patient Representative and on the NCI Central Review Board for COG clinical trials. In frequent contact with researchers and families all over the world, she stays abreast of the global patient and research landscape. She assists in identifying, analyzing, cultivating, and reviewing exciting therapeutic leads with the hope of quickly bringing the most promising therapies to the clinic. Donna has a BS in Chemical Engineering.

Kristi McKay

Director of Operations

After several years of freelance work for SKC, Kristi packed and moved from her home in Syracuse, NY to work full-time for the charity in 2012. She brings 20 years of not-for-profit administrative experience in management, operations, development, event planning and graphic design. Prior to SKC, Kristi managed the performing arts center at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. She served on the board of directors for Redhouse Arts Center for six years before relocating to NYC.

Pia Rhiner

Administrative Assistant

After her family lost her older brother to a brain tumor, called anaplastic astrocytoma, when he was only 8 years old, Pia felt that fate led her to SKC. She is in the early stages of her working career, but is set on combining her interest in health care with her love of helping children. Pia has a B.A in Mathematics and is currently studying for her Masters' in Public Administration (MPA) with a specialization in Health Care Policy, which she will be receiving this May 2018.

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Leadership Committee 

Amarildo Gjondrekaj

Chairman

Kreshnik Deliu

Finance Chair

Christopher Mui

Marketing Chair

Ernira Mehmetaj

Project Management Chair

Richard Lee

Infrastructure Chair

Justin Reggi

Science Chair

Teddy Deliev

Development Chair

Sharon Klein

Legacy Member

Rijul Kochar

Legacy Member

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