Raise awareness. Fundraise. Have fun!

Classrooms that Care is a fundraising program that allows children, teens, and young adults to join the mission of the Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF), making a difference in the lives of millions living with neurofibromatosis (NF). Schools that participate can help build NF awareness, raise critical research funds, and grow our local NF community. 

Classrooms that Care events are conducted in schools, camps, or other youth organizations in your community led by an Event Organizer (teachers, coaches, administrators, parents…YOU!). Fundraising from your event benefits research to find effective treatments and a cure for NF, and your students or school have the opportunity to win awards and recognition for your efforts.

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Your Impact

When your school hosts a Classrooms that Care event, you are funding research to help better the lives of the millions living with neurofibromatosis, our NF Heroes. Thanks to the generosity and hard work of donors and supporters like you, we have seen incredible advances in NF research, and tremendous growth in our Foundation’s programs for NF patients. 

Additionally, all Classrooms that Care event help fund our annual NF Camp, the Children's Tumor Foundation's annual summer camp for teens and young adults with NF. This week-long experience is filled with fun activities, and is a chance to make lasting friendships with other people who understand what it's like to be a young person with NF. At NF Camp, our NF Heroes don’t have to worry about the next MRI or doctor appointment; they can be kids - have fun and enjoy life!

How it Works

Once you sign up, we’ll send you an event kit with everything you need:

  • Guidebook with checklists and timelines for running a smooth event
  • Educational materials about NF and sample letters to parents
  • Flyers and posters to promote your event
  • Supplies to collect donations
  • Step-by-step support from Children’s Tumor Foundation staff

Change for NF Program

In a Change for NF fundraiser, kids work together with other classmates to collect change during a determined period of time. Students can search under the couch cushions, in their washing machines, at the bottom of the laundry bag, under the car mat...any place they might find spare change. They can also ask family and friends for donations, or do odd chores for coins. They might even run a lemonade stand or a rummage sale from home one weekend! Each student participates at a level that his/her family feels is appropriate, and each classroom or grade can pool their donations together...because every penny counts in the fight against NF!

Hero Dash Program

A Hero Dash is a short-distance running, cycling, or swimming event catered to kids under 13.  It can be a 100-meter dash, a 5K, even a mini-triathlon! Choose a race type and distance that works for your location – whether it’s a park, track or gymnasium – and your participants. You can hold your Hero Dash during gym class, as part of a field day, or as its own event after school or on the weekend. Does your school already have a fun run scheduled? Turn it into a Hero Dash by selecting CTF as the beneficiary!

Resources & Frequently Asked Questions

How do I implement a Classrooms for a Cure event in my school?

First, talk to school administrators or teachers to see if hosting this type of fundraising event is an option. Next, download the Hero Dash or Change for NF guidebook and schedule a meeting with school representatives to share this information and set the event dates. Reach out to CTF staff with event details and school contact information, and we’ll mail the necessary supplies and guide you through next steps!

What ages is the Classrooms for a Cure program geared toward?

Classrooms for a Cure events should be conducted with kids under 13. Additional opportunities are coming soon for older teens.

My school already has a fun run or change drive. Can we still raise funds for CTF?

Yes! Just get permission from the school to choose the Children’s Tumor Foundation as your event’s beneficiary and we’ll provide all the promotional and fundraising materials you’ll need to turn that event into an official CTF Hero Dash or Change for NF.

How long should a Hero Dash program run?

Allow kids to use pledge forms to collect donations 3-4 weeks before race day. Plan an additional week after the event to collect pledge sheets and donations.

How long should a Change for NF program run?

The program should run about 2 weeks, with an additional week to collect all of the change.