Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant
Kids with Courage V: Coming Sept 29

Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant

Kids with Courage V: Coming Sept 29

Kids With CourageKids With Courage, hosted by UW Health's Pediatric Hematology and Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant division, honors current and former pediatric oncology patients who received care at American Family Children's Hospital (formerly known as UW Children's Hospital).

Kids With Courage V: Save the Date

This year's event will be held Sunday, September 29th, 2013, at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in the Wisconsin Dells.

This educational and inspirational event, hosted by Supermodel Cindy Crawford, honors all courageous kids who have ever been treated for childhood cancer, including those families whose son or daughter did not survive and will recognize our progress in research, treatment and outcomes in childhood cancer; while reflecting on the need for continued advancements.

A Celebration of Survivors

Kids With Courage V celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Kids With Courage, as well as the dramatic and continued progress in the treatment of childhood malignancies, and all the children and their families that have moved forward through therapy with courage!

Help Us Find You

To be sure that you receive upcoming information about the event, please let us know if your contact information has changed. Please send us your updated information including:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone number (we will be using this information only for our direct contact with you; and will not release this information to any others).

We are hoping to update our address information (including e-mail) for our full list of over 1400 current and former patients our UW Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Team has cared for.

You may email it to:, or please send us a note:

Attn: Kathryn Murphy
Patient Family Liaison
American Family Children’s Hospital
1675 Highland Avenue C175
Madison, WI 53792

More About the Event

The tentative agenda for the day is as follows:

  • 8:30am: Event Registration and Displays
  • 10:15-11:30am: Morning Session
  • 11:30am - 12:45pm Reunion Lunch, Displays and Entertainment
  • 1-1:45pm Afternoon Session
  • 2-3:45pm Break Out Sessions
  • 4-5pm Ice Cream Social and Finale

Free event for the entire family There is no cost to you or your immediate family for your participation in this event, including continental breakfast, lunch and breaks. However, travel and accommodation expenses are not provided.

Formal invitations will be mailed in early July.

Hotel Information

A discounted block of rooms is reserved for Kids with Courage weekend (Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29). You and your family may wish to take advantage of the discounted rate of $149 + tax per room for Saturday night and $99 + tax per room for Sunday night.

Guest rooms can accommodate up to 4 guests and include 4 indoor waterpark passes.

For more information about Kalahari Resort, please visit To reserve rooms, please call (608) 254-5466 or (877) 525-2427. Please mention that you’d like to reserve a room in the “Kids with Courage” block.

About the Honorary Chair: Cindy Crawford

As was the case for the first four Kids with Courage reunions in 1993, 1998, 2003, and 2008, supermodel Cindy Crawford will play a played a prominent role in this year’s event. Cindy's younger brother, Jeff was a patient at UW Children's Hospital and died of leukemia in 1975 just before his fourth birthday. Cindy has been an invaluable contributor of time and money to the UW Pediatric Oncology program for nearly 25 years.

"Whether a childhood cancer survivor is currently in treatment or 20 years out of treatment as a grown adult with a family, this reunion is a truly phenomenal and emotionally moving event for everyone involved," Dr. Sondel, MD director of the UW Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant program said. "Kids with Courage provides an opportunity for families and children to celebrate progress together, entertain, educate and provide support."

Dr. Sondel says there is nothing as rewarding to him as a physician-researcher as seeing so many childhood cancer survivors under one roof.

 We look forward to seeing you and your family at this momentous event !