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What It Is

Our Mission 

​​To make childhood cancer a state health priority and give all Kentucky children access to new and innovative cancer research, development, and precision treatment — with less toxicity — while encouraging psychosocial support and focus on the complicated issues of long-term survivorship. These efforts target the needs and challenges specific to Kentucky childhood cancer epidemiology and treatments but hope to serve as a national model for how other states approach childhood cancer research.

Our Vision

To serve as an umbrella organization to organize all pediatric cancer work across the state.  It is not designed to compete with other organizations but to augment and elevate collaborative efforts; to serve as a reservoir of collaboration and information so that all efforts are amplified through an organized channel eliminating silos and fostering innovation with compassion and collaboration.


The Kentucky Pediatric Cancer Research Trust Fund (KPCRTF) was established in 2015 by passage of Senate Bill 82 in the Kentucky General Assembly and funded in the amount of $2.5 million each year of the biennium as part of the budget bill in 2018. The KPCRTF is an independent board administered by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, as described in KRS 211.596 and KRS 211.597. Eligible grant applicants include non-profit entities, educational institutions and government agencies in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Each applicant must specifically offer pediatric oncology research programs or services to address the overall morbidity and mortality of children diagnosed with cancer in the Commonwealth.

Pediatric Cancer Trust Fund Application Process

Eligible grant applicants include nonprofits, education institutions and Kentucky governmental agencies.  Each applicant must offer a program or service to address the needs of the Commonwealth.

For answers to questions regarding this process, see contact information below.