Research Endowment

The Cooper Trooper Foundation is committed to financially funding pediatric cancer research through an endowed fund set up with Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital.

The fact remains that cancer is the #1 killing disease of America’s children, yet childhood cancer research only receives approximately 4% of the National Cancer Institute budget and virtually no pharmaceutical research funds are allocated to childhood cancers. On the other hand, adult cancer research receives approximately 96% of the National Cancer Institute budget and multi-billion dollars of pharmaceutical research funds are allocated to adult cancers.

Despite the facts, childhood cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded. In the last 25 years the FDA has only approved two drugs for any childhood cancer. America’s children deserve better. Most people are unaware of these numbers, which is why The Cooper Trooper Foundation strives to spotlight the minimal amount that is being done to make a difference. Children cannot vote to change public policy or advocate for themselves…we must do it for them.

Will you consider donating to make a difference for those children who have been and who will be impacted by cancer?


“Although there has been significant progress in the last two decades of our understanding of cancer and the availability of effective treatments, cancer remains the leading disease killer of children. Additionally, new research and therapies are needed to improve care for childhood cancer survivors, who often face life-long health complications and a greater possibility of recurrence or subsequent secondary tumor development.

As a leader in childhood cancer care, Vanderbilt relies on philanthropic contributions to aid in our discovery process and ensure that our programs continue to enhance the care children and families receive. By helping the Cooper Trooper Foundation, your gift will help advance innovative research with the greatest potential to achieve better outcomes for children whose future is at risk from cancer. From research that leads scientists to understand the biology of cancer to clinical trials that test new cures, your gift plays a critical role in ensuring a healthy future for children and families in our region and beyond.”

-Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Research Endowment