Crush Childhood Cancer’s mission is to financially and emotionally support families who have children with cancer. What started as a high school class project by founder Samantha Paradis has grown into an ongoing effort to provide these families with as much support as possible as they battle cancer on a daily basis. From its humble beginnings, Crush has grown each year both in terms of families helped and money raised. In addition to the financial support, a community of families has been developed, each helping the other navigate the journey their families are facing.

Crush became a recognized charity under the IRS code section 501 (C) (3) in 2014. We are 100% volunteer-run, and all proceeds from our events go directly to our families. When a diagnosis of cancer strikes a family, the financial impact can be equivalent to a 25% pay reduction.* The emotional toll is incalculable. Wondering how to pay bills on top of the other stresses associated with cancer seems to us more than unfair. Crush supports families who have children in all stages of treatment or have lost a child during their Crush sponsorship.

Crush Childhood Cancer currently holds the Crush Run and Community Fair each May along with other fundraising efforts throughout the year. Along with financial support, Crush walks alongside these families with emotional support in a variety of ways, including hospital visits and hand holding on scan days.

Crush Childhood Cancer believes no one should have to fight alone and counts it a privilege to stand with these families.


*Economic Impact of Advanced Pediatric Cancer on Families, Bona, Kira et al., Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Volume 47 , Issue 3 , 594 – 603