Coins 4 Kids

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Anytime you order online. It's soooo easy!
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The Coins4Kid’s 
"We Care Dawson Bear"

An 11” supersoft, cute and huggable teddy bear
who is helping to fund Pediatric Cancer Research!
For every ten Dawson Bears we sell, Coins4Kids sends a like Bear to a child receiving cancer treatment.

Order one for yourself, Teacher's gift or hold a mini-fundraiser by taking orders from your friends, neighbors, and acquaintances.   They make great presents for the Holidays.  It’s guilt free shopping at it's best because 100% of every purchase goes to find a cure for childhood cancer. 

Learn about the Dawson Bear and other C4K fundraisers on programs page

Everything is possible

Posen Elementary School Illustrate Rainbows of Hope For Childhood Cancer

After reading "Ashleigh's Rainbow" Posen, Michigan Students K - 4th grade, illustrated their own rainbows and decorated the halls at school to spread awareness for Neuroblastoma Childhood Cancer.

shleighs Rainbow
 Authored by mother and daughter, Amy and Ashleigh Kieliszewski, Ashleigh’s Rainbow is the second book in the Ashleigh Marie Series and follow up to “Ashleigh’s Fairies”, 2007 GOLD Medal Winner in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Ashleigh series books are donated to the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation
Author Amy Kieliszewski says, "We are excited to announce the release of “Ashleigh’s Rainbow." This book details little Ashleigh's observations and ideas about rainbows."  What makes this colorful and inspiring book particularly special is the beautiful forward to the book written by Ashleigh's Oncologist and the collection of illustrations by "Ashleigh and Friends". Many of these friends had or are currently battling childhood cancer."
To purchase a book  click here

Cure Childhood Cancer
"To the world you might just be one person,
but to one person you might just be the world."

6 year old NB fighter, Dawson DeCap with his 16 year old cousin and co-founder of Coins4Kids, Greg Maher
                             (courtesy of Geno Loro Jr. Photography, Ft. Worth, TX)

Please consider making a donation today!
 Hope for a cure




September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!
Support the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation

There will be over 14,000 children diagnosed with cancer this year in the U.S.  This is equivalent to more than the average classroom of children every single day, year after year.  Today alone, 46 children and their families will receive the devastating news.  Yet lack of funding is causing many promising pediatric research studies to lapse.

The Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation
We need your help
and the kids can't afford to wait.
You can make a lifetime of difference for a child
and you can do it today!

Here's how:   Donate    Participate    Learn More
Then pass it on... so others can help too!

Coins4Kids announces

The 2nd Annual
Marissa Koon Memorial 
  Car Wash & BBQ

August 2, 2008
beginning @ 8am
Bank Of America
 Lake City, Florida
(at the Hwy 41/47 merge, across from Phish Heads)
Car Wash, BBQ, Popcorn, Snow Cones, Clown, Games and more! 
Life South Blood Bank will be on-site

In loving memory of Marissa Taylor Koon
August 20, 2003- August 5, 2006
Forever loved, forever missed

to benefit
The Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation ~


July 17-20, 2008

6th Annual Neuroblastoma Conference for Families and Caregivers was held in Schaumburg, IL

Greg Maher, Coins4Kids Co-founder,  pictured with Dr. Cohn, a world respected NB Researcher from Comer Children's Hospital in Chicago 

As hope, brainwork and determination came together for the 6th annual NB conference held by the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation, it is clear that the future holds promise in NB research; however, the holdup is lack of  funding! Please consider making a donation. Every Penny Counts!


  The fight for specific Neuroblastoma funding is on! 

 has been signed by the President.  This Act authorizes 150 million over the next 5 years to combat pediatric cancer so the fight for specific Neuroblastoma funding is on! Please become an advocate for the kids and contact your local Representative to encourage them now to actually fund the CPCCC  and to support a fair share of the $$ to go specifically to NB research.  Many children’s lives will depend on it. 

Would you like to see if your ELECTED OFFICIALS signed on to pass the Conquer Childhood Cancer Act?
Check if your CONGRESSMAN signed on here:
Check to see if your SENATOR signed here: 


You can find 2 sample letters HERE and HERE  Just copy, edit and send to your Representative.



Many HERO'S and ANGELS from the
Coins4Kid's Kids Page are appearing on this Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation you-tube video.  Please take a few minutes to hear this important message.  



The CNCF now has its very own home on YouTube.  YouTube has selected the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation as one of the recipients of its Not for Profit channels.   Check back often as new videos are being added every week.  In the very near future all of the CNCF conference videos will be there as well.  Please stop by and comment on all of the new videos.  The CNCF's YouTube channel can be found at ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Dance For Life
A group of 9th grade students from St. Patrick's Church in Edina, Minnesota will be holding a "Dance For Life" Feb.2, 2008 to raise money for Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Research as a 2008 Confirmation Service Project. Featured below are members of the Dance For Life Committee holding Coins4Kids’ Piggy Banks and Dawson Bear. Committee member Molly Hollway, age 15 (pictured back row, second from right) is a 14 year Neuroblastoma Cancer survivor and childhood cancer advocate. 

Members of the Dance For Life Committee


Ashleigh's Fairies Wins Gold!
"Ashleigh's Fairies" receives the prestigious
Moonbeam Children's Book Award Gold Medal
for best Children's Picture Book
Click Here to Order a Copy


Ashleigh Marie Kieliszewski is the 4 year old who inspired the founding of Ashleigh Marie Books, LLC.  During her 21 month courageous battle with Neuroblastoma, Ashleigh inspired countless people and taught us the importance of loving and living.

ASHLEIGH’S FAIRIES is a book that demonstrates a child’s special openness to love that can come from things adults cannot readily explain. During the months prior to her passing in March 2006, Ashleigh spoke often about her fairy friends, inspiring this warm and touching story. Ashleigh showed us that the most true and pure gift is love. And it’s story.  Ashleigh's Fairies is the first in a series by Ashleigh's Mother, Amy Kieliszewski.

 "A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will be donated to the Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation."



New Hampshire: Jarrod & Jenna's 2nd annual Coins4Kids' Coin Drive raised over $2,000!  Special thanks to neighbors, friends and Green Acres Elementary School.

The 2007 Children's Neuroblastoma Conference

NB families from all over the United States traveled to Chicago to hear leading NB Doctors/Scientists speak. The brainpower, promising studies on the horizon and the will is there;  making Awareness and  Research Funding ever more critical in order for Neuroblastoma survival rates to rise like many other types of cancers. 

Pictured Greg & Jon Maher, co-founders of Coins4Kids with Pat Tallungen, President of the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation 

 Kids at the conference join in with special thanks for all the people who have made donations to Coins4Kids. You make hope possible. 

Dr Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe,
Coins4Kids supporter


Dr. Gwenn Schurgin O’Keefe, M.D., F.A.A.P., is a regular parenting and child health correspondent for multiple Gatehouse Media publications and is seen regularly on New England Cable News’ Good Morning Live.  She is the Medical Advisor for Parents and Kids ( and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communication and Media where she overseas the Council’s website.  She is a board certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and practices Urgent Care Pediatrics with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. 

In a recent feature on “Dr. Gwenn Is In”, Dr. O’Keefe says:  “Jon & Greg Maher, co-founders of Coins4Kids, have found some amazing and creative ways for kids to make a difference and to use regular, life moments as charitable opportunities - such as a team coach's gift. Actually, you could do this to honor a teacher, too. Honoring anyone who works with kids with a donation to help kids is one of the best thank you’s I can really think of. And, having Coins4Kids created by kids makes it extra sweet. Great job, Greg and Jon! I hope other kids hear what you do and find similar cool ways to give back to their communities.”

Dr. Gwenn, her husband and two daughters live in Boston, Massachusetts. You can visit Dr.  O’Keefe, at , and .

Coins4Kids Coaches' "Program Packets"
are now available online
Click Here to go to the C4K Program's page

Hope. Passion. Purpose.

Coaches are leading by example and asking their Teams
 to donate the contributions collected for the end-of-the-season Coaches' Gift
to Neuroblastoma Pediatric Cancer Research in their honor.
In return, Coins4Kids will send a Certificate and original, Coins4Kid's
Coaches' Whistle & Lanyard to be presented to the Coach. 
Become a Champion for Cancer Kids Today!

 see Coaches Program


Carol Weisman, Best Selling Author
Coins4Kids supporter

“Charity is more than the act of giving to others”, says Carol Weisman, best selling author of Raising Charitable Children. “Children get enormous peace of mind when they're able to do something to help change the world.” "Teaching your child to be charitable means he will grow up thinking of others."  "Also, we have a good time and feel good about ourselves."  “A 3 year old can save pennies for organizations like Coins4Kids and get the same joy that Warren Buffett feels when he gives away $34 billion!"


Coins4Kidsteenage co-founders, Jon & Greg Maher, are helping to change the world for cancer kids and are offering unique ways that everyone can help.” “In my own family we started a tradition of letting each of our children choose a charity and make a donation in their name on their birthday; many of the Coins4kids programs provide wonderful ways to share your personal celebrations with thousands of cancer kids.”


“When kids get involved to change the world, not only do they make the world a better place, but they are more optimistic, feel better about themselves and are ready for additional challenges.” “Many years ago, when I was in fifth grade studying the pioneers, my teacher said, "Wood warms twice: when you cut it and when you burn it."I believe that Coins4kids also warms twice. It warms the kids who are helped and the kids who give.”
           ~~ Carol Weisman, best selling author of “Raising Charitable Children

For more information about getting your kids involved in giving, check out "Raising Charitable Children" by Carol Weisman, MSW, CSP, MOM available at

Dawson DeCap from our Kids page was the featured Child in a St. Patricks Day segment about Pediatric Cancer Research on the Fox Channel's "The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet" in New York City.  Pictured below is Dawson with show Co-Host Juliet Huddy and Enda McDonald, Founder of the St. Baldricks Foundation. View the clip at:

Below Dawson receives one of many kisses from Juliet Huddy and hams it up with Mike Jerrick, the show's Co-Hosts.

The Pigs are in!

Now you can order a C4K piggy bank for a convenient place to collect  your coins!
Home collection is one of the easiest ways of supporting this cause. Simply collect your spare change, cash it in and make a donation to Coins 4 Kids for pediatric cancer research.
Home Collection Piggy Banks


Check out Ruth Mersburgh from our "For The Kids" page and her part in a "Good Samaritan" story on Oprah. 

You can help too!  Because Oprah has yet to devote a full show to childhood cancer, please go to our "Many Ways To Help" page and send Oprah an e-mail requesting a show on Neuroblastoma. It may take a lot of e-mails to get her attention, so ask your friends to join in too!



Connor Gerber from the C4K Kid's Page  meets Sara Ferguson, Duchess of York at the Ronald McDonald House in New York City.  The Duchess visited with the children and their families after reading her new children's book to the kids.  Connor and his family are from South Africa and have traveled to New York so that Connor can receive treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center