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Caps for the Cure Planning Resources

Watch how Kristina Schultz's dream lives on with Caps for the Cure

Caps for the Cure is an annual fundraising campaign started by Kristina Schultz in 2006.

Kristina proposed that students donate one dollar to the Beat Childhood Cancer Fund to be allowed to wear a hat to school.

Starting in her school district, Kristina wrote a letter (pdf) to each school in the district and made follow-up phone calls to motivate principals and students.

She felt so strongly about raising money because she was a patient at University of Wisconsin Children's Hospital (now American Family Children's Hospital) for several years.

Kristina lost her battle to ALL (Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia) in April 2007, but her dream lives on through the efforts of thousands of children throughout Wisconsin. Since 2006, the campaign has raised more than $140,000 to support pediatric cancer research at American Family Children's Hospital.

How do we get started?

Organizing a Caps for the Cure event is easy:

  1. Pick a date:  Work with your principal to find a date or week that works well for your school.
  2. Promote the event: Send a letter to staff and parents, post fliers throughout school.
  3. Motivate your classmates: You're raising money to cure kids cancer! Set up a friendly competition between classrooms or grade levels to increase participation. Give out awards for most creative cap, class with the highest participation, etc.
  4. Collect $1 from each student who would like to wear a hat to school during the selected time
  5. Count the money and send a check to:

American Family Children's Hospital
Attn: Terri Spring
600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792-4165

Please indicate in Memo line: Caps for the Cure