Fighting Kids Cancer

Through our Fighting Kids Cancer campaign, we are aiming to raise $20,000,000 for the building and resourcing of a new pediatric hematology and oncology treatment center in an unprecedented partnership with Carilion Clinic.

Who We Are

The Life Ring Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to the health and wellbeing of the people of the Roanoke Valley and Southwest Virginia Region. Our primary focus is improving the trajectory of the next generation. Our children are the Valley’s future. 

Founded by Jessica and Kelly Woolwine, The Life Ring Foundation operates with a fraction of the administrative and infrastructure expenses of other comparable public charities. We pride ourselves on constructing the shortest distances possible between means and needs.

Why We Do This

Fighting Kids’ Cancer is Life Ring Foundation’s five-year initiative to transform the state of care for children diagnosed with cancer in Southwest Virginia. 100% of the money raised will be used to add desperately needed resources to what will be the new pediatric cancer treatment center in Roanoke Valley. Our goal is to change the narrative in which kids have to leave Roanoke to receive treatment to one that transforms our region as a hub for families to move to receive proper care. We can no longer stand for loss of our children’s lives due to a lack of resources. 

Save a Kid’s Life

Children diagnosed with cancer in Roanoke do not have the weapons they need to win the war. We are losing kids simply due to lack of tools to fight. You have an unprecedented opportunity to change outcomes in some of these fights by simply making a donation. Your money will go straight to acquiring the resources that may allow the next child and family win the fight. Please be part of the solution. 

Childhood Cancer Facts

Increase in childhood cancer

About 10,470 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Childhood cancer rates have been rising slightly for the past few decades.

Improving survival rate in child with cancer

Because of major treatment advances in recent decades, 85% of children with cancer now survive 5 years or more. 

Fighting for children with cancer

After accidents, cancer is the second leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 14. About 1,050 children under the age of 15 are expected to die from cancer this year.

These children cancer facts are provided by the American Cancer Society

Inspired by People Like You

Life Ring is committed to having a direct impact on the lives of those in the Southwest Virginia community. We need your generosity and support to continue our important work on these projects and more! 

Upcoming Events

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Fighting Kids Cancer with Charlotte’s Play Yellow Celebrity Golf Invitational 2023 at Ballyhack Golf Club

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