CCBF improves the lives of children with cancer and blood disorders by funding innovative research, specialty medical training, and comprehensive patient care.

Our Mission

Since its founding in 1952, the Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation (CCBF) has been making a difference in the lives of children- and families- impacted by cancer and blood diseases. CCBF supports the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center in three major ways:


With support from CCBF, the Division is revolutionizing the way we understand and treat childhood cancer and blood diseases.


CCBF support ensures that children and their families receive state-of-the-art, comprehensive care in an atmosphere of compassion and hope.


By supporting specialty training of young physicians who are pursuing a practice in pediatric hematology and oncology, CCBF is making cures possible for generations to come.


Our History

In 1944, Carl H. Smith, a physician and researcher, started the Children’s Blood Transfusion Clinic at New York Hospital.  This clinic, the first of its kind in the United States, treated children with thalassemia, a life threatening blood disease.  In 1952, Dr. Smith partnered with Harold Weill to found the Children’s Blood Foundation, an organization supporting research in the underfunded area of children’s blood disorders.

The Children’s Blood Foundation’s home at New York Hospital merged with Presbyterian Hospital in 1997 to become New York Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical Center.  In 2006, the Children’s Blood Foundation changed its name to the Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation to reflect its commitment to treating the entire patient population of the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology.  Through its support of the Division, CCBF has created a standard of excellence in the treatment of children with chronic, life threatening cancer and blood diseases.

The Board

CCBF’s Board of Directors is comprised of distinguished individuals dedicated to our mission to care for our patients and work tirelessly for new treatments and cures for these diseases. Board membership is a voluntary position, and CCBF does not compensate members for their service to the organization.

Les J. Lieberman
Ronald J. Iervolino
Drew Phillips
John Calicchio
Patricia J. Giardina, M.D.
Deborah Gelston
John F. O’Donnell
Peter G. Smith
James B. Bussel, M.D.
Jonathan D. Davis
Robbin Mitchell
Janice Garjian
M. Reza Raein
Stuart Oran
Isabel B. Kallman
Nancy Shaw
Tristana Waltz
Medical Advisors
Sujit Sheth, M.D.
Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Gerald M. Loughlin, M.D.
Chair, Department of Pediatrics



Our vision is a world in which cures are found for all pediatric cancer and blood diseases.


Our Research.Care.Cure. mission improves the lives of children by funding innovative research, comprehensive patient care, and specialty medical training.


Donations to CCBF provide clinical care for our young patients, sponsor cutting edge research that makes treatment for pediatric cancer and blood diseases more successful and less invasive, and fund training for the next generation of leaders in the pediatric hematology and oncology field.


Money donated to CCBF funds research, training, and operating costs (including nurses, child life services and patient care) at the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Weill Cornell Medical Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital. We have a small team and low operating expenses, meaning most of each donation goes straight to our Division.


Fill out our volunteer form so we can connect you with the most appropriate opportunities. Please contact us at with any additional questions.


CCBF can accept gifts of certain items, provided they are unused and in original packaging. For the latest information on CCBF’s current needs, please contact us at or call us at 212-297-4336.


To leave a lasting legacy of care and hope, contact your attorney and name CCBF as a beneficiary in your will. CCBF’s EIN is 13-6019222.


CCBF is a fundraising organization that supports the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Weill Cornell Medical Center. We are not medical professionals, so if you are a patient or caregiver, we recommend seeking medical advice from physicians such as those at the Division.


Please schedule an appointment directly through the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology here.