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Fighting Kids Cancer

T-Shirt CLUB!

Joining the Fighting Kids Cancer T-Shirt Club is a simple monthly commitment of $20 (or more) per month for one year, or a one-time gift of $240.

Who We Are

The Life Ring Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to the health and wellbeing of Roanoke 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 charities. We pride ourselves on constructing the shortest distances possible between means and needs.

Why We Do This

We are dedicated to bringing critical resources needed to win the fight in pediatric cancer and blood disorders to Southwest Virginia. 100% of the money raised towards the Fighting Kids Cancer campaign will be used locally to add the desperately needed resources for kids and families in the fight of their lives.

Our goal is to change the narrative in which kids have to leave Roanoke to receive the best possible care. 

Save a Kid’s Life

Getting the best possible treatment should not depend on where you live. Traveling to other cities and states requires critical time and a lot of money. 

Many families in our region cannot afford either one to have their best chance in their fight against pediatric 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. 

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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Charlotte’s Invitational | July 19-21, 2024

We are dedicated to bringing critical resources needed to win the fight against pediatric cancer and blood disorders to Southwest Virginia. Join us at the 2nd annual Charlotte’s Play Yellow Invitational, where 100% of funds go towards the Fighting Kids Cancer campaign.

Check out our highlight video, pictures, & blog from last year’s inaugural event.

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