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Michael Cuccione Childhood Cancer Research Program Impact Report

The Michael Cuccione Childhood Cancer Research Program (MCCCRP) is poised to be a world leader in childhood cancer and has the ability to recruit and retain some of the world’s top researchers and train the next generation of experts in cancer research. These researchers are conducting leading edge research and are treading ever closer to developing treatments that will not only cure cancer, but will address the ongoing and emerging needs of children to achieve lifelong healing. The MCCCRP is making a difference every single day to children with cancer in British Columbia and around the world.


Pictured above: Dominic Runghen, childhood cancer survivor.

Our Cause

One of the most devastating events that can occur within a family is the diagnosis of cancer in a child.  Nearly 10,000 children in Canada live with the devastating impacts and aftermath of cancer, and an estimated 1,500 cases are diagnosed each year.

A relentless scientific campaign over the past five decades has led to advances in research and treatment resulting in and 80 to 85 percent cure rate for many childhood cancers.

Over twenty years ago Michael Cuccione imagined a world without childhood cancer and set out to raise awareness and funding for research that he knew would ultimately lead to cures and better outcomes for children living with this disease.

Michael dedicated the last five years of his life to making a difference for childhood cancer and funded two lifetime endowments for young scientists giving the brilliant minds of today the opportunity to train and become the childhood cancer research leaders of tomorrow. From his vision of hope he founded the Michael Cuccione Foundation dedicated to funding childhood cancer research.

Michael’s legacy lives on through the Foundation and the Michael Cuccione Childhood Cancer Research Program at BC Children's Hospital whose scientists are making groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research, developing innovative therapies and training the next generation of researchers.

One person can only do so much but together we can make a difference!
…Michael James Cuccione