The Benjamin Gilkey Fund for Innovative Pediatric Cancer Research exists to fuel the passions of investigative physician researchers within the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Institute. It will make new options available in the face of unexpected obstacles and help to improve, prolong, and preserve the lives of children like Benjamin, who are unique, brave, and unbelievably strong.

DUE TO THE GENEROSITY OF OUR FRIENDS AT THE AMICUS FOUNDATION, DONATIONS OF $100 OR MORE WILL BE MATCHED UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR, UP TO $30,000.

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On New Year’s Eve 2014 Benjamin Gilkey, 7, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. His treatment would illustrate that even the most common of pediatric cancers can come with unique sets of challenges.

Benjamin’s case soon fell into the “very high risk” category after his leukemia was slow to achieve remission. He developed an extreme toxicity to one of his chemotherapeutic medicines. A rare genetic predisposition was discovered that revealed not only the cause of his leukemia, but also the reality that other cancers were likely to follow.

In September 2016, Benjamin suffered a relapse from which he would not recover. The team at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital was creative and relentless in their pursuit of new medicines and groundbreaking clinical trials. Despite their best efforts, in February 2017, Benjamin died, surrounded by his family and a team of incredible nurses.

During Benjamin’s long hospitalization, his parents watched the construction of the Johns Hopkins All Children's Research and Education Building from their seventh floor window. They dreamed about what would transpire within those walls that might cause other families to find hope where their hope ended. From those dreams, The Benjamin Gilkey Fund for Innovative Pediatric Cancer Research was born.

About Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation

The mission of Johns Hopkins All Children's Foundation is to channel family and community compassion into philanthropic action that addresses the financial needs and the mission of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital through our four tenets: research, education, treatment and advocacy for the children in our care.