WOKC is a Dallas-based, non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness & funding pediatric cancer research nation-wide.
Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer (WOKC) was founded in 1980 and has raised over $5.5 million in the crusade against pediatric cancer and spent over 38 years developing programs to not only fight childhood cancer, but to also provide hope and support to kids and families dealing with cancer. WOKC provides critical funding to key research initiatives on a national basis.
Our Goal is to find a cure through research. Children are fighting valiantly every day to survive cancer and their only hope of a cure is through more research. The survival rate for some childhood cancers has increased to almost 80%, but others have a less than 50% cure rate.
Our mission is simple: Work relentlessly for the day when all children are living cancer free.
At WOKC, we will not halt our efforts until all children are free from the threat of cancer.
In 1980, Cindy Brinker Simmons organized A Weekend at Willow Bend to Wipe Out Cancer. A bake sale, t-shirt sale, a tennis and swim marathon, and horse show raised $6,000 for the Collin County American Cancer Society.
36 years and over $5.5 million later our mission is simple: work relentlessly for the day when children are living cancer free.
Funded various research projects: why cancer recurs in some children and not in others, brain tumor research and the study of genes in childhood cancer
Incorporated as a non-profit organization to fund pediatric research. The first project focused on acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) , then the most common disease killer of children under 18; these early studies on ALL helped pave the way for Children’s Medical Center Dallas to have worldwide prominence in this area of study
Launched the annual Tom Thumb Run for the Children and Oktoberfest 5K in Addison.
Launched the Ambassador program, providing fun monthly events to pediatric cancer patients and their families.
Initially funded the “After the Care Experience” program at Children’s, one of the first programs in the world to offer a continuum of follow-up care to cancer patients and monitor the late effects of cancer and its treatment; also funded studies in supportive cancer care, leukemia and brain tumors.
Rebranded the organization with a new name, Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer (WOKC).
Funded research in bone tumors, leukemia and neuroblastoma.
Established a Visiting Professor Endowment Fund for hematology/oncology; launched the annual WOKC Golf Classic.
Attracted the generous, ongoing support of Texas Ranger Michael Young and his wife Cristina; furnished equipment to the new outpatient physical therapy room at Children’s; also began annually funding a Spanish Translator position for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.
Began awarding annual scholarships to pediatric cancer survivors graduating from high school through the Young Heroes Scholarship program in honor of Michael Young.
Launched the Buddy Bag program, which provides cancer patients and their families a rolling bag full of necessities when admitted to the hospital.
Expanded WOKC funding outside of Dallas with first grants totaling $125,000 to Cook Children’s in Fort Worth.
Expanded Buddy Bag program to Cook Children’s on June 1st
Expanded the Ambassador program to Cook Children’s with 18 families in the first class and expanded the Buddy Bag program to Medical City Children’s.
Funded research grants in the amount of $500,000 (largest to date) to 5 hospitals in 4 states honoring 2 past Ambassadors.
Expanded our Ambassador Program to include Medical City Children’s.
Hired a new experienced CEO to further grow the organization.
Established the Ambassador youth Advisory Council with the first Founding Member, Luke Laufenberg, and hit $1M in total contributions from Jersey Mike’s.