Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation
3550 Barron Way #9a • Reno, Nevada 89511
Casey’s Heroes Holiday Drive

Casey was a beloved mother, wife, sister, daughter, and friend to all she left behind. The amount of support the Wakefield family has received shows the major impact this woman has had on the northern Nevada community! Her selflessness towards her family and friends will be deeply missed. She was always taking care of everyone around her, ensuring their needs were taken care of before her own. Her family would love to keep her spirit alive through the generosity she exhibited daily by asking the community to donate to northern Nevada’s young cancer warriors throughout the month of December in her honor.  Casey’s Heroes Holiday Drive will be accepting monetary donations in memory of Casey, as well as toys that can be found on our Amazon wishlist

How would you like to win a brand-new car?  From September 1st to February 9th, we are selling raffle tickets to win a 2024 Chevrolet Trax that was graciously donated to NNCCF by Michael Hohl!  Funds raised from NNCCF’s Know the Gold Car Raffle will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the William N. Pennington Foundation.  The winner will be announced during our Know the Gold Radiothon on February 9th and is responsible for all taxes and fees.  Must be at least 18 years of age to participate. Visit us at any of our events or buy your raffle tickets below today!  


The 2022 Annual Impact Report is Here!

Meet Amelia:

Amelia is a kind little girl who was diagnosed with leukemia at age four. She loves playing with her brothers and sisters, and especially loves dolls and playing dress-up. She is happy and full of life, especially when she is with her amazingly loving family. This little warrior princess endured three years of treatment and in July of 2022 she conquered her battle with cancer and rang the No More Chemo Bell surrounded by friends and family.

Amelia’s family said they couldn’t have done it without the help of medical staff and Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation (NNCCF).

“They helped, obviously, with the medical bills, but it’s more… you get to enter almost like a community that you never knew before by meeting the other families.”

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The 2021 Annual Impact Report is Here!

Meet Jonathon and Evelyn:

Both are survivors of childhood cancer. Both are recipients of Help, Hope, and Courage from the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation (NNCCF).

Jonathon survived childhood leukemia; Evelyn has neuroblastoma. Just after her first birthday, Evelyn started to display signs of regression in milestones. Children her age would normally be sitting up, playing, crawling, and moving around on their own. After visits to her pediatrician and local hospitals, an MRI eventually revealed a 3.5-inch tumor inside Evelyn’s spinal column in her lower back.

“It’s kind of strange. Having gone through what I did, I was almost expecting something like this to happen to my child. Even before she was born, I considered the possibility of something like this occurring. When things started going wrong, cancer was the first thing my mind went to,” said Jonathon.

The NNCCF team was there to provide financial and emotional support to help Jonathon and his young family navigate the uncertainty of Evelyn’s cancer journey, just as they had for Jonathon’s mother when he was diagnosed.

Evelyn is now a happy little two-year-old girl, running, jumping, and riding bikes with her older brother. She’s also a big sister now and shares her gentleness and bright personality with her baby sister.

“Because we had such a wonderful family and NNCCF behind us, we didn’t have to worry about anything but Evelyn and making her healthy. I believe that really had a major impact on her quick recovery as we were able to stay fully focused on healing as a family.”


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By: Lindsey Gross

NNCCF Staff members visiting Victory Woodworks

After two weeks of plastic tarps blocking doorways, hammering sounds, the smell of saw dust and fresh paint, the renovations in our office are complete. NNCCF’s 3,000sqft building is now equipped with four additional office spaces with sliding barn doors, a volunteer workspace, updated electrical wiring and server cabinet. Due to the expansion of our programs, we had a significant need for additional offices to accommodate the growing staff. In the last year, NNCCF hired four members to the team to assist with programs and services, administrative work and fundraising.

The total cost of the renovations would have exceeded $20,000, however due to support and in-kind donations from community members and businesses, NNCCF completed construction under a $2,000 budget. We are grateful for these talented individuals that donated their time and resources to us. Our office would not be able to house our expanding team without their help. The list of supporters and companies that made NNCCF’s aspirations possible far exceeds the space available in this article. From keeping the floors and air ducts sanitary to updating the light fixtures and toilets, stocking our toy cabinet to keeping our fire extinguishers up to date, our community stepped in to keep our foundation in full swing while affording us no overhead costs.

Special thank you’s are due to the companies that made the recent construction possible:

Action Electric – Thank you for updating our electrical wiring. Through the years we created unique ways of making our office spaces work, and now we are set up for success.

Pacific Communications – Thank you for making our company available for growth in the world of electronics as our server now has the capacity for adding more computers.

Victory Woodworks – Thank you for the build-out of new offices. You’ve transformed the landscape in our back room into something amazing and the barn doors are truly stunning.

The Keaton Raphael Memorial, formed in Roseville in 1998, branched out to northern Nevada in 2004 and eventually merged with the local Angel Kiss Foundation in 2009 forming the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation. NNCCF experienced the ebb and flow of growth since its formation, and came a long way from starting in a home office shared by two people. As expansion started, Panattoni Development provided office space at no cost to NNCCF, then Nevada State Bank donated a 1,000sqft foreclosure in 2010. The foundation continued to grow and in 2013 the William N. Pennington Foundation awarded NNCCF a capital grant which provided the support necessary to purchase our current facility.

Not only is the NNCCF team fortunate to have an accommodating office space, but our patients and families benefit as well. The office puts the stigma of nonprofits having old cubicles and flickering fluorescent lights to rest. When walking into the front doors, the office is bright, clean and as equally inviting as the staff. The many offices provide our families privacy, as well as a place to unload, relax and play. The giant toy closet in the back is a beacon of light for every child that walks through our doors.

80 cents of every donated dollar supports programs and services. The community partners that help renovate our facility, influence this ratio and provide us the opportunity to expand for the growing need of support. As NNCCF matures and incorporates more programs to assist local children in the fight against cancer, we will again be grateful for community partners to step forward and donate their craft.


By: Lindsey Gross

Happy first day of fall! We are officially in pumpkin season – pumpkin coffee, pumpkin cookies and pumpkin candles! Check out these 8 ways to rock the fall while raising funds for kids affected by cancer.

1. Pumpkin Carving Contest – Pumpkin carving is a perfect way to engage the kids and show off some amazing talent! Ask participants to pay a small fee to compete. Send us a picture of the winning pumpkin and earn bragging rights for the rest of the year.

2. Chili Cook-off – Warm some tummies and raise some monies! A fee upon entry gives attendants the opportunity to sample all teams then cast their vote for their favorite chili master.

3. Flag Football Tournament – Recruit your neighbors, family and friends. Adults and kids can play!

4. Host a Trivia Night – Do you know what a baby turkey is called? It’s a poult! Maybe throw some trivia about NNCCF in there too.

5. Harvest Festival – Fall is a perfect time to be outside and get together with family, friends and neighbors. Host a festival for your community or church and donate the proceeds.

6. Costume Contest – Who has the best costume or spookiest office at your workplace? Encourage coworkers to dress up or decorate their space – everyone pitches in a donation and winner gets featured on our site!

7. Football Tailgate – Host a family-friendly tailgate for a Nevada game. Bust out your corn-hole sets, grill hotdogs and hamburgers and wear Nevada blue! Have attendees donate to enjoy your tailgate fundraiser.

8. Fall 5k – Host a Turkey Trot or Great Pumpkin Run! Encourage individuals and teams to run or walk 3.1 miles this fall and donate the entry fees.

There are many creative ways to raise funds for kids here in northern Nevada that are in treatment for cancer. Your fundraising efforts and donations go a long way, as they help pay for expenses including travel costs, copays and bills that insurance will not cover.

Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation wants your fundraiser to be a success! Please contact us with information about your fundraiser so we can put your event on our website. We will also equip you with a banner, book marks with gold ribbon pins, and more information about our foundation.

Contact Lisa Shaffer – | 775.825.0888

Great Basin is hosting an event on father’s day to benefit NNCCF. We are very grateful for our community partners and local businesses that support our foundation and the families we serve. This event will help support NNCCF’s mission and goals. Read the Kolo 8 story below on this amazing act of philanthropy.


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Fathers’ Day pancake brunch benefits kids with cancer

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – Great Basin Brewing Company hosts its Brewmaster’s All-You-Can-Eat Beer Pancake Brunch this Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Made from a brewhouse-exclusive pancake mix that includes spent grains from the brewery in addition to freshly brewed Wild Horse Ale used in the batter. These pancakes are good for battling children’s cancer with 100% of proceeds from the event going to benefit the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation. In addition, there will be games and raffles, and dad gets a free pint of Great Basin craft beer, root beer or ginger beer with the purchase of an adult beer pancake brunch.

Children’s cancer can be devastating to a family — that’s why NNCCF provides financial and emotional assistance for Northern Nevada children and their families as they battle against cancer. “We’re so happy to be partnering with Great Basin Brewing Company, not only to make sure dads out there enjoy a wonderful Father’s Day with their families, but also to help our local kids and their families in their fight against cancer,” said Mary Powell, Director of NNCCF.

“When I came up with the recipe for my Brewmaster’s Beer Pancakes, I wanted them to be full of strength and fortitude,” said Brewmaster Tom Young, “but quite honestly, there was never a truer definition of strength than looking to the children and families here in Northern Nevada battling every day against cancer. Great Basin Brewing is honored to play a part in helping to give aid to these real-life heroes.”

The Brewmaster’s All-You-Can-Eat Beer Pancake Brunch will be held at the Great Basin Brewing Reno brewpub, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Brunch includes all-you-can-eat Brewmaster’s Pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee and is priced at $12 each and $6 for kids 12 and under. Every dad will get a free pint of Great Basin craft beer, root beer or ginger beer with the purchase of an adult beer pancake brunch.

Press release – Read this press release on WCSO site here.


Washoe County Sheriff’s Office staff raises more than four thousand dollars for Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation in March as Sheriff’s “No Shave” campaign continues

CONTACT: Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff’s Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-722-5517

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office staff raises more than four thousand dollars for Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation in March as Sheriff’s “No Shave” campaign continues

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office staff donated more than four thousand dollars to the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation as part of the Sheriff’s “No Shave” charitable campaign.

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies have been allowed to grow facial hair outside the normal grooming standard since November if they supported designated charities each month. Female deputies have been allowed relaxed hair standards in exchange for their monthly donation and civilians may either take advantage of the relaxed grooming standards, or wear jeans or hats.

The Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation was the designated charity for the month of March and yesterday Sheriff Chuck Allen and members of his staff presented a check for $4,285 to Lisa Shaffer, Director of Community Engagement.

Sheriff extends “No Shave” campaign for an additional month:

Due to the success of this year’s “No Shave” charitable effort, Sheriff Allen has decided to continue the campaign for one more month. The Sheriff has designated two causes for the month of April.

The first cause is a memorial fund for Sheriff’s Office employee Heidi Sasse who passed away unexpectedly earlier this year.

The second cause is in support Sheriff’s Office staff who will participate in this year’s Police Unity Tour.  The Police Unity Tour was founded in 1997 by a group of law enforcement officers from New Jersey. Since then, law enforcement officers nationwide have ridden the 300 plus mile trip, with the purpose of raising awareness and financial support for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Annual participation in the ride has grown from 18 members to over 2,200 nationwide, including members from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. Riders start from various points on the east coast and end their ride at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. For more information about the Police Unity Tour, visit



The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Chuck Allen is the 26th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.

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Sparks Firefighters to host “Shave for the Brave” Fundraising
Event for Children’s Cancer Research

March 12, 2018

Sparks, Nevada – This Wednesday, the city of Sparks Fire Department will host a “Shave for the Brave” fundraising event to raise money for children’s cancer research. The pre-shave event, in conjunction with St. Baldrick’s and the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation, will be held from 4:00 to 6:30 pm at Fire Station One at 1605 Victorian Avenue.

“We will open our doors and give a red-carpet tour to children and their families who have been affected by cancer,” explained Sparks Firefighter Mike Shaw, organizer of the event. “Sparks Firefighters have supported the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation and St. Baldrick’s for many years and we are proud to host this year’s pre-shave at our department headquarters.”

The children will have to opportunity to check out fire trucks and gear, then several firefighters, including city of Sparks Fire Chief Chris Maples, will shave their heads. The pre-shave event leads up to the March 16 St. Baldrick’s community-wide fundraiser.

“Each year around St. Patrick’s Day, we ask the community to shave their heads and go bald in support of childhood cancer research,” said Lisa Shaffer, Director of Community engagement for the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation. “In partnership with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, our annual ‘Shave for the Brave’ events have raised more than $2.4 million since 2006. We have shaved more than 3,600 local heads, advocating for increased research funds. Our sincere hope is that one day our kids will be cancer-free.”

“This will be the third time I’ve participated,” Fire Chief Chris Maples said. “As a cancer survivor, I wholeheartedly support St. Baldrick’s as they search to cure a disease that affects so many children.”

The Sparks Firefighter’s goal is to raise $7,800. To donate to the Sparks Firefighter’s team, please go to

By: Lindsey Gross

Third Graders at Caughlin Ranch Elementary School Give Back to Children with Cancer

On March 5, two third grade classes walked through the front door of Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation bearing 27 handmade fleece blankets. The third-grade students, teachers, and parents came together to participate in a community service project making blankets to comfort children with cancer and their siblings.

“The opportunity to participate in acts of community service is one of the most fulfilling parts of teaching. The kids enjoy the process, and leave feeling so happy with what they have been able to be part of,” said Lauren Bogan, a third-grade teacher at Caughlin Ranch Elementary School. “Being able to teach giving back at such a young age is something that I hope will make an impact in the lives of our students.”

The third-grade classes submitted their project into the 2018 Dolan Class Project competition. Ten schools were awarded $2,500 based on the “creativity, overall involvement and positive impact of their projects.” Today, Caughlin Ranch Elementary third grade classes were announced as a winner of this award. See below their video submission for the competition.



From the third graders at Caughlin Ranch Elementary School:

“I felt really good. It may be something small, but the blankets made a big difference for the NNCCF families.” – Aubrey

“I wish that I could go in their bodies and kill what makes cancer. I love making the blankets for the kids.” – Hannah

“When I made the blankets, my heart filled with love until it overfilled with love.” – Arjun[/one_half_last]

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