Press Release –

(Reno, NV) – Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation (NNCCF) hosted a parade ceremony on Tuesday, August 11 to honor of 28 childhood cancer survivors receiving the Inspire Scholarship.

“The Inspire Scholarship ceremony parade was a wonderful way to celebrate with our recipients. It was exciting to see 18 of our 28 recipients, especially after these last few months, and their enthusiasm during the ceremony” said NNCCF executive director, Shirley Folkins-Roberts. “We are incredibly proud of these young adults as they pursue their dreams.”

These scholarships assist with continued education at a university, college, vocational or technical school.

Scholarship recipients who were assisted by NNCCF accepted their scholarship in the NNCCF parking lot under a balloon arch. This social-distancing parade is in lieu of the Inspire Scholarship Ceremony event that typically celebrates the recipients and donors with a reception and lunch.

“We are very grateful to the board and staff at NNCCF for their support during Shannon’s cancer treatment and recovery through this exciting time for her pursuing her college degree at UNR,” said Kathleen, mother of Inspire recipient.

NNCCF has provided $5.3 million in direct financial assistance to local children battling cancer in 20 years. Through NNCCF’s Inspire Scholarship, more than $465,000 in scholarships has helped childhood cancer survivors and young adults affected by cancer to pursue career dreams.

The Inspire Scholarship program is supported by the generosity of C. and J. Panattoni, Dwyer-Stowe Charitable Fund C/O Fidelity Charitable, Earl and Elizabeth Ash Foundation, Estelle J. Kelsey Foundation, John Ben Snow Memorial Fund, S. Colfer, S. LeSourd, Winchester Family Foundation. And Thank You Ma’am Reno supported an additional award for recipients to receive books and materials.


The Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation is the only non-profit in the region solely dedicated to helping local children and their families affected by childhood cancer. NNCCF’s programs and services include the Family Assistance Fund, Inspire survivorship program, Hope for the Holidays program and emotional support through end-of-treatment celebrations and family activities. For more information, call (775) 825-0888, visit or follow on social media @NVKidsCancer.