Carson Leslie Foundation

helping kids fight cancer

Mission

CLF's mission is to raise funds to invest in transformative medulloblastoma (childhood brain cancer) research- leading to a cure, enriching the lives of kids in the battle and supporting their mental health, and advocacy/action to bring awareness to the fact that brain cancer is the deadliest disease of our Nation’s children.

Ruling year info

2010

Founder

Mrs. Annette Leslie

Main address

6810 Deloache Ave

DALLAS, TX 75225 USA

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EIN

01-0945033

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (H12)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (T01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is an extensive unmet need for advances in the pediatric medulloblastoma community. Medulloblastoma is the most common form of malignant brain tumor in children, yet it has received little focus in the cancer space. As with most health issues, education about the disease and the need for a cure is essential for those in the community to become involved. The Carson Leslie Foundation is dedicated to educating our entire nation about this disease and the need to push for a cure. Some facts about the disease include:  Medulloblastoma is the most common form of brain cancer in children, affecting an estimated 20% of the 28,000 children living with a brain tumor diagnosis.  The median age of diagnosis of medulloblastoma is 7 years and more than 70% of diagnoses are in children under ten years of age.  No cure exists for medulloblastoma.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

CARSON'S CORNER - Teen Program at Children's Health-Dallas

Pillars 2&3 Paused during Covid:

CARSON'S CORNER Teen Program has 5 distinct pillars.

CARSON’S CORNER has 6 distinctive components:
1. CARSON’S CORNER, an actual room on the oncology floor at Children’s

2. CARSON’S CORNER ON-THE-ROAD, extraordinary outings out-and-about the great City of Dallas

3. CARSON’S CORNER-SHINDIGS, themed Shindigs in Carson’s Corner and the Family Room

4. CARSON’S CORNER-UNDER ARMOUR BACKPACKS, backpack filled with items for long hospital stays

5. CARSON’S CORNER-CLOSET, a gift closet exclusively with gifts of encouragement for teen patients

Population(s) Served

Identify and collaboratively fund childhood brain cancer research leading to a cure - specifically medulloblastoma

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Young adults

Communicate: childhood brain cancer is the deadliest disease of our Nation's children.

- 1 in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer before turning 20
- Treatment is decades old and a barbaric assault on children’s growing bodies and brains.
- Medulloblastoma is the most common form of brain cancer in children
- A meager 1% of the National Institute of Health’s funding is dedicated to childhood brain tumor research.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our Covid pivot program, while kids are sequestered to their rooms.

Every month we're like the Tooth Fairy and Santa Clause - delivering unexpected surprises to the hospitals room of each kid battling cancer at Children's Health, Dallas. Together, with the generous support of a wide variety of community partners, each hootenanny includes a fun interactive unexpected surprise like remote-control toys (all powered up of course), STEM Kits, Art Kits, LEGOS, Nerf Guns; you get the idea and we’re open to suggestions! We often ALSO include a cozy comfort item like a soft blanket, funny socks or a cotton hat.

Much more than toys, these surprises support children's mental heath, bringing smiles and letting them know "they are loved."

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of families served in cancer treatment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

CARSON'S CORNER - Teen Program at Children's Health-Dallas

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Provide Texas children's hospitals with Under Armour backpacks, filled with essentials and gifts for teens entering the hospital for cancer treatment.

Number of research studies conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

CHILDHOOD BRAIN CANCER RESEARCH - medulloblastoma

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Invested over a quarter of a million dollars in research focusing on childhood brain cancer in 2021, including Childhood Brain Tumor Network (CBTN) and ASCO Young Investigator awards.

Number of children with cancer receiving one of our monthly gift bag of surprises

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

CARSON'S CORNER - Teen Program at Children's Health-Dallas

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Together, with the generous support of a wide variety of community partners, we deliver a hootenanny of surprises to each of the 48 hospital rooms of the kids battling cancer at Children's Dallas.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Carson Leslie Foundation has an ambitious goal to bring less toxic treatment, leading to a cure, for pediatric medulloblastoma, the most prevalent brain cancer in children.

The Carson Leslie Foundation has a strategic plan to cure childhood medulloblastoma by incentivizing research in some of the most promising, yet underfunded areas of research.

Launched in 2010, the Carson Leslie Foundation (CLF) honors Carson’s last whispered wish: “momma, make sure they study those tumors in my brain because if those tumors can help some kid someday not die from cancer like I am, I’d like that – please help the next kid with cancer, it’s hard to have cancer.” – Carson Leslie

Today, the Carson Leslie Foundation is a valued collaborator in the pediatric cancer space. As our work grows, our goal is to be come the go-to source for information for medulloblastoma. A recent article by the Dallas Morning News Article, published October 2019, highlighted our work with Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas CPRIT, a $6 billion cancer research institute and the largest state sponsored cancer research institute in the United States, focusing on expediting innovation in cures and prevention. “CPRIT has funded ground-breaking cancer research and prevention programs in Texas, making our state a leader in the fight against this deadly disease…. CPRIT also brings people together who are dedicated to the same cause, such as Annette Leslie. … Annette Leslie formed the Dallas-based Carson Leslie Foundation and was invited to join CPRIT’s Patient Advisory Council on Childhood Cancers. Through her advocacy, CPRIT has expanded its role in pediatric cancer, including a $3.2 million program to fund research directed at less toxic treatments for childhood brain cancer.”

The Carson Leslie Foundation has made significant investments in medulloblastoma research and continues to engage with like minded organizations to identify and invest in further research.

On January 12th and 13th, 2020, CPRIT and the Carson Leslie Foundation held the first gathering of top researchers focused only on childhood brain cancer. This inaugural group met to discuss, identify and encourage collaboration within the childhood brain cancer space. The outcome of Researcher’s RoundUp helped frame the CancerPrevention and Research Institute of Texas' (CPRIT'S) Childhood Brain Cancer RFA’s. CLF will host will resume this annual event once travel restrictions due to Covid are eased on the medical community.

Financials

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Carson Leslie Foundation

Board of directors
as of 01/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Gerald McDougall

PriceWaterHouseCoopers (PWC) - Retired

Term: 2015 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Neil Smiley

Loopback Analytics

Term: 2014 -

Walter Capone

GeneCentric

Neil Smiley

CEO Loopback Analytics

Steve Coffey

Covera Ventures

Craig Leslie

Beck Construction

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

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