The Children's Cancer Center (CCC) was founded in 1974 after Mac and Cecile Burnett lost their daughter, Helen, to Leukemia.
At the University of South Florida, Dr. Janifer M. Judisch – one of only three hematology/oncology physicians in the state of Florida – and the Burnetts envisioned an organization to help alleviate the stress of coping with a child's life-threatening disease by providing educational, emotional and financial support.
The philosophy of our original founders was that when a child is diagnosed, the entire family is really diagnosed. Therefore, our programs and services address the needs of all family members affected.
When H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center opened its doors in 1986, the Children's Cancer Center moved from USF to the pediatrics ward at Moffitt. The CCC became the support organization for all pediatric hematology/oncology patients and their families.
When the pediatric program at Moffitt closed in 1995, the CCC Board of Directors voted to expand our services to all children receiving treatment for cancer or chronic blood disorders in the Tampa Bay area, regardless of treatment hospital. We then became a freestanding 501(c)3 support organization.
Shortly after, we moved to our new stand-alone premises on West Cypress Street, where we regularly continue to improve and add to the building's look, feel and usability to best serve the needs of our families.