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Your Money at Work

Learn how the Keira Kilbane Foundation utilizes donations.

Funding Childhood Cancer Research

Since our inception, the Keira Kilbane Foundation has provided $20,000 to the Keira Kilbane Cancer Discovery Fund established at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Agne Petrosiute

The Keira Kilbane Cancer Discovery Fund is pleased to announce that in December 2017 we awarded another $10,000 to support Agne Petrosiute, MD, and her effort exploiting key protein Cdk5 in the development of immunotherapeutic approaches to treat childhood cancer. In 2016 we awarded a grant of $10,000.

Dr. Petrosiute completed her fellowship at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's and rose through the ranks of fellow, instructor, and now Assistant Professor since 2009. Dr. Petrosiute and Dr. Alex Huang have obtained several grants together. Most recently, they have co-senior authored a major breakthrough paper published in the journal, Science, in July, detailing a paradigm-shifting discovery of how Cdk5 is involved in tumor cell evasion of the immune system.
On a personal note, Dr. Petrosiute was one of the physicians involved in treating our hero Keira so we know this money will go to good use.

The money would allow Dr. Petrosiute to buy reagents and equipments and utilize University Core facilities.


Dr. Irina Pateva

Dr. Irina Pateva was selected as the first recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Keira Kilbane Cancer Discovery Fund. The grant will allow her to analyze the link between Cdk5 and leukemia using samples not just from UH Rainbow patients, but patient samples obtained from the Children’s Oncology Group (COG).


Providing Financial Assistance To Families Impacted By Childhood Cancer

The Keira Kilbane Foundation has provided $28,300 in financial assistance to support fourteen families in need.

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Bruce was diagnosed with Epithelioid Sarcoma, a very rare diagnosis, and aggressive cancer at 14 years old. He had surgery to remove lymph nodes and hand surgery to remove the cancer from his left hand. As a result, Bruce’s movement in his left hand is now very limited. He can no longer catch a baseball. He can play his French Horn but not with the same speed and efficiency as he did before. He has been in therapy and has worked very hard to regain the use of his hand. It has been a very scary and frustrating time for him. He has tried to adjust to his new life. He has to adjust his interests to fit his altered abilities. It is hard for a teenage boy, going through puberty to find his self-esteem in normal circumstances.

Bruce has shown an interest in computers and his mom discovered these Technology Camps where the kids can experience the college and make friends while staying there and learning about computers. The Keira Kilbane Foundation had the privilege to send Bruce to a Technology Camp at Ohio State in late June 2018.



Baylee was diagnosed with DIPG brain tumor in July 2016 at 5 year’s old. She was treated at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital which included radiation in 2016 and 2017. In March 2018 her family was told no other treatment options were available and she went home on hospice. She passed away in June 2018. Her mom and dad had limited ability to work due to her care and prognosis. The financial assistance the Keira Kilbane Foundation provided assisted with rent and funeral expenses.



Gavin was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in May 2016 at only 4 years old. He spent about 75 days in the hospital that first year. Gavin is now in maintenance and the family is trying to get back on their feet from their son’s treatment.  He is doing his daily chemo at home, and the family realized that a couple of years of treatment have made finances tight since mom was not able to work due to caring for her son. We provided assistance to help with general expenses incurred as a result of
Gavin’s treatment.



Kayla was diagnosed with a brain tumor at 10 years old and had a 5 year battle before being placed on Hospice.  She was treated at the Cleveland Clinic and St. Jude's. Mom and Dad had a limited ability to work due to her care. We provided assistance to help pay rent.



Arianna was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in January 2018 at 13 years old. She was treated at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and St. Jude’s. In September Arianna was placed on hospice due to no further treatment options being available. We provided assistance to help with funeral expenses since the family did not have funds available for the funeral.



Paisley was diagnosed with infant ALL in 2014. Her mother was unable to work during Paisley's treatment as she was a single mother and the sole caretaker of Paisley. Unfortunately Paisley passed away in the earlier part of 2015.  We provided her mother financial assistance to assist with the financial burden she experienced while her daughter Paisley was in treatment and the expenses incurred for funeral arrangements.



Quinn was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in the end of 2014. Quinn's dad had to stop working to help take care of Quinn because Quinn's mom was pregnant and unable to be around Quinn due to the chemotherapy he was receiving. We provided them financial assistance to help relieve some of the financial burden they experienced due to his treatment and diagnosis



Kendall was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis when she was only four months old (back in 2011). Kendall found out that she needed to undergo additional treatment in later 2015 (shortly before Christmas). Her mother had to quit her job yet again to be able to take Kendall to her appointments. Therefore we provided them with financial assistance to help relieve some of the financial burden and try to help their family have a good Christmas.  



Vito (also known as Valient Vito) who was diagnosed with a type of brain cancer called Medulloblastoma in August 2014. He battled valiantly, but sadly passed away in December 2015. We provided his parents with financial assistance to help offset funeral and treatment expenses.

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Jack was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in June 2014 at age two. Jack will be completing his 3 years of treatment in September 2017. Jack's treatment has involved frequent outpatient clinic visits and inpatient stays due to side effects. His mother was unable to work during inpatient stays which made it difficult to stay on top of expenses. We provided them financial assistance to help relieve some of the financial burden they experienced due to his treatment and diagnosis.

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Michael was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at 19 years old in January 2017. He is currently in treatment at Akron Children's Hospital for his childhood cancer and is unable to work due to his treatments. He has encountered several complications along they way and the Keira Kilbane Foundation wanted to help by providing financial assistance to help offset medical expenses and the fact that Michael is unable to work.



In November 2016 the Keira Kilbane Foundation provided financial assistance to a Rainbow family that recently lost their 15 year old daughter to brain cancer. The Social Worker at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital reached out to us about this family in need. Funds will help offset some of the funeral expenses and medical expenses incurred during her treatment.



In November 2017, the Keira Kilbane Foundation provided financial assistance to the to the family of a 20 year old male that passed away from a brain/spinal tumor. He was treated at the Cleveland Clinic and we received a referral from the Social Worker at the Hospice of the Western Reserve. He was diagnosed at two year's old with neurofibromatosis. Two years ago he developed a brain tumor with metastases to the spine and eventually passed away on October 23, 2017. The family needed assistance with funeral expenses. 

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In January 2018, the Keira Kilbane Foundation provided financial assistance to
the family of a 11 year old boy that passed away from a brain tumor. He was
treated at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and we received a referral
from the Social Worker at the Hospice of the Western Reserve. He was
diagnosed at 2 years old and had 9 brain surgeries. His mom was not able to
work due to caring for him. The family needed assistance with funeral expenses.

We have also committed to donate $25,000 over five years to be used towards the creation of the new inpatient pediatric oncology unit at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. That amount has been matched by an anonymous donor to help double the impact of our donation. This will allow patients and families to have upgraded facilities for their treatment and bring the inpatient and outpatient units into the same building.


We donated $1,000 to be used towards parking passes to assist families that are currently in treatment for childhood cancer.

Supporting Patients and Families

Grady’s Donation to Kids with Cancer

August 12, 2018

Keira’s brother Grady raised $542 by selling lemonade and cookies at Grandma’s association pool and playground to buy toys for the kids at the hospital. For each dollar raised he planned to go to the dollar store and buy toys for kids with cancer. Grady planned this for months and was finally able to open…

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Father’s Day Outing with Cleveland Indians

June 16, 2018

On June 16, 2018 we treated 4 dads and a guest of their choosing to the 3rd Annual Father’s Day Outing with the Cleveland Indians. We also brought along childhood cancer survivor Domenic Misiti and Vince Misiti (Dom’s dad and KKF Board Member) as inspiration. Thanks to the Cleveland Indians for partnering with us to…

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Easter Donation

March 30, 2018

The Keira Kilbane Foundation was privileged to once again partner with Jeremy Cares to provide Easter baskets, specialized Easter presents, Easter egg decorating supplies, and Easter egg hunt supplies. We delivered the Easter gifts to UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s pediatric cancer inpatient unit on Friday, March 30th. The nurses then hid the eggs for…

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St. Adalbert Childhood Cancer Awareness

February 28, 2018

Thanks to the Academy of St. Adalbert, Berea Ohio 4th grade class, the Keira Kilbane Foundation was able to deliver 4 large bags of toys, arts, and crafts to UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s pediatric inpatient cancer unit. This was part of a project that the students started before Christmas. We kicked things off by talking to the class…

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New Year Delivery to Rainbow

January 15, 2018

The Keira Kilbane Foundation was pleased to deliver two game systems that are portable and for use in patients rooms for the pediatric cancer inpatient unit UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s. We provided an X-Box and PlayStation 4. Each will be stored in a gaming case that includes a 19 inch monitor so it will be…

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Medina Goes Gold for Childhood Cancer

September 15, 2017

For the second year in row, in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the City of Medina went Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness by decorating the perimeter of the Medina Square gold from September 15 – 17, 2017. Co-sponsored by the Keira Kilbane Foundation and Camp Quality Ohio, this awareness campaign was introduced by Mayor Dennis Hanwell at…

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Pantry for Rainbow 2

July 16, 2017

The Keira Kilbane Foundation delivered a pantry and food items to stock the pantry to the pediatric oncology unit at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s. Childlife reached out to us and suggested that a pantry stocked with non perishable items would be a nice addition to make things easier on patients and families. We purchased the…

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2nd Annual Father’s Day Outing with the Cleveland Indians

June 10, 2017

We are pleased to announce that the Second Father’s Day Outing with the Cleveland Indians took place on Saturday, June 10th. The Keira Kilbane Foundation partnered with the Cleveland Indians to host five fathers of children currently undergoing childhood cancer treatment as well as a guest of their choosing. We also brought a special guest,…

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Surprise Pizza Delivery

May 24, 2017

The Keira Kilbane Foundation brought a surprise dinner to the Pediatric Cancer inpatient unit at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s. We had 15 pizzas from Valentino’s in Little Italy delivered to the unit on May 24, 2017.

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Easter Delivery for Rainbow 2

April 14, 2017

Jeremy Cares Inc. and the Keira Kilbane Foundation partnered to provide a special delivery to the pediatric cancer unit at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s on Friday, April 14th. We jointly provided 25 Easter baskets and a personalized present for each child. We also stuffed Easter eggs with a variety of prizes and candy so…

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