Established in 2005, the Marisa Fund helps kids with cancer and their families.  As a partner of the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, the Marisa Fund provides funds for research to generate less toxic treatment protocols for children with cancer.  It is our goal to cure the patient and kill the cancer.  We also provide financial assistance for families when insurance is not enough.

The Marisa Fund has no paid/salaried employees and expenses are kept to an absolute minimum.  The Fund does not do any mass mailings nor do we utilize any expensive promotional or advertising campaigns.  The Fund was founded by Dave Goldwasser (Marisa's father).  Mr. Goldwasser is the Executive Director and he remains totally committed overseeing the day to day operations of the fund.  Every dollar raised goes to easing treatments, easing financial hardship and finding a cure for pediatric cancer!  The Marisa Fund is classified under the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) Category as an H12 Medical Research Fund Raising

Non-Profit and is also an IRS approved 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization.  All donations are fully tax deductible.*

The Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation raises awareness and funds so that the critical work of renowned medical researchers such as Mitchell Cairo, MD can continue to save the lives of children.  Currently the Chief of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation at the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital and New York Medical College, Dr. Cairo has been leading internationally ground breaking research initiatives in childhood cancers, blood disorders and immune deficiencies for over 30 years.

Incredibly, one in 350 children will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 18.  In 1975 the cure was only 20%. Through innovative clinical and basic research the cure rate of childhood cancer now exceeds 80%. 

Family and friends of children who have battled these diseases, philanthropists and faculty of Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center and the New York Medical College, as well as the medical and scientific community are united in providing the resources to enable this necessary research to grow and flourish. 

By bringing your support and making financial commitments, you can help more children with their battle with cancer and other lethal conditions.  Financial contributions are needed to ensure that the research continues on the quest for a cure.  The effort by the Marisa Fund and the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation has  been mounted by those who have been so profoundly touched by the science and compassion that has led to the monumental improvements in cure for children with cancer and other lethal blood and immune disorders.

Read the below email excerpt (dated January 4, 2018) from Dr. Mitchell Cairo regarding some of the great work the Marisa Fund is responsible for in battling the nightmare of pediatric cancer:

"The Marisa fund has been responsible for supporting a new clinical research trial in adolescents and young adults with Hodgkin Lymphoma. ‎The primary aim is to investigate the use of targeted therapy using antibodies and antibody-conjugates and remove toxic chemotherapy and radiation from the treatment to maintain high cure rates and decrease late effects. We have treated 27 patients to date with 100% complete remission and disease free survival and no acute or late effects to date!"

To learn more about Dr. Cairo and our program, click on any of the links below:


Helping Kids With Cancer / Friends For Life