Ariana was diagnosed with NF1 when she was 6 months old. She’s now an 8th grade student in middle school.More >
The Children's Tumor Foundation's mission is to drive research, expand knowledge, and advance care for the NF community.
Since its formation, the Children’s Tumor Foundation has been crucial to the development of solid scientific data about the genetic disorder neurofibromatosis (NF). Thanks to the generosity of our donors and supporters, we are breaking through barriers and forging the pathway that will lead to a cure.
By Cristina Kline
“Cyclopes, one-eyed monster, Hunchback of Notre Dame!”
These are a few names I would hear throughout my school-age years. Kids can be mean, but being a kid myself at that time I didn’t understand. I played it tough. I pretended it didn’t bother me. I was strong. Those were just words but you know what? Words hurt. I’d cry in secret when nobody was watching. I wouldn’t tell my friends or family what I was going through and how it affected me. I had to be strong for them. I knew if I told my family they would suffer too. So, I kept it to myself. I kept it to myself for many years.
I was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1) when I was two years old. I am now 31 years old.More >
In May 2018, the NF community gathered in Atlanta, GA for a long weekend of patient engagement training, leadership training, research updates, and patient and family support. We asked two first-time attendees to reflect on their experience.More >
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations approved the FY 2019 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill, which includes $15 million in funding for Neurofibromatosis (NF) research.More >