MEDIA ADVISORY: CancerFree KIDS will present a check to the Research Institute at Nationwide Childrens and will announce the 2017 CancerFree KIDS grant recipients

May 12, 2017

WHAT: CancerFree KIDS will present a check to the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and will announce the 2017 CancerFree KIDS grant recipients from Nationwide Children’s.   
WHEN: Friday, May 12, 2017 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Media representatives are asked to park in the lot on the west side of Parsons Ave., between the Orthopedic Center at 479 Parsons Ave. and Research Building III at 575 Children’s Crossroad (building sits on the corner of Livingston and Parsons). Turn west onto Children’s Crossroad from Parsons Ave. and then turn right into the parking lot.  From there, walk across Parsons Ave. to the main entrance of the hospital where a member of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation will meet you at the Welcome Desk and escort you to the location of the check presentation. 
WHO: Ellen Flannery, Executive Director & Founder – CancerFree KIDS
Timothy P. Cripe, MD, PhD, Division Chief, Hematology and Oncology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital 
Stephen L. Lessnick, MD, PhD, Hematology and Oncology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Nichole Ferris, Director of Constituent Giving, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation
Grant Recipients
Long-Sheng Chang, PhD $20,000 
Chun-Yu Chen, PhD $50,000 
Jennifer Foltz, MS $50,000 
Kathleen Pishas, PhD $50,000 
Ruoning Wang, PhD $50,000 
Edwin Horwitz, MD, PhD $50,000 
WHY: The mission of CancerFree KIDS is to eradicate cancer as a life-threatening disease in children by funding promising research that might otherwise go unfunded. CancerFree KIDS was founded by Ellen and Sam Flannery after their baby daughter was diagnosed with cancer in both of her eyes at 5 months of age. Today, thanks to cancer research, that baby is a healthy college student. At CancerFree KIDS, we do one thing. We fund childhood cancer research. Since their inception, CancerFree KIDS has funded 97 research projects totaling nearly $3 million. They accept applications from only a handful of institutions whose research they greatly respect and with whom they have a close relationship. Their funding goes directly to the research project where every dollar is accounted for. A follow up report assures that funding is used to maximum effect and they maintain communication with each researcher as they continue to follow their progress beyond their funding cycle.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation
Cindy Laux, (614) 355-5413; 614-286-6039; 
Nichole Ferris, (614) 937-3584; Email:
CancerFree KIDS
Ellen Flannery; (513) 575-5437; Email:

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at