The Emily Whitehead Foundation’s mission is to raise awareness and funding for innovative childhood cancer treatments, such as immunotherapy, that will improve survival rates and quality of life.

“They [Tom and Kari Whitehead] constantly help other families and patients that have had similar situations to my story, and Emily’s, and it’s an organization that’s really focused on helping others and paying it forward.”

– Nicole Gularte, T-cell therapy patient and 7x leukemia survivor

Watch the short video that introduces our co-founders Tom and Kari Whitehead, Emily’s story and the patients we help.

Our Story

Emily is alive today because of cancer research. We saw firsthand how cancer research is saving lives; however, there are still children losing their lives every day because of limited treatment options for high-risk patients like Emily. Children who have their cancer return are harder to treat because their cancer becomes resistant to standard therapies. Cutting edge treatments like the T-cell therapy are needed to help cure these children but funding is limited. Childhood cancer receives less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute budget for research. Many researchers rely on grants from non-profit organizations and private donors who are dedicated to raising funds for childhood cancer research.

We created the Emily Whitehead Foundation to help provide researchers with the funding they need to find less toxic treatments for pediatric cancer. Our focus will be on funding the most promising research such as the T-cell therapy that Emily received and other immunotherapies. We will continue sharing Emily’s story to promote awareness and inspire others to take action and make a difference.

The only thing we asked for throughout Emily’s treatment were prayers to help her get through each day, but we received so much more from people around the world. We are thankful for every day we spend with Emily. We have been given so much and we hope to give back much more in return. With your help we make a difference!

We believe in a cure. Let’s join together to end cancer!

~Tom and Kari


December 2011


October 2014