Cancer League of Colorado

A nonprofit organization

$13,807 raised by 67 donors

55% complete

$25,000 Goal

CLC is a unique nonprofit organization with no paid staff and no offices. All operating expenses are covered by membership dues, so 100% of the funds raised goes to support the mission. Over 400 volunteer members share the commitment to support cancer research and patient services in the state of Colorado.



Breelyn Wilky, MD, Division of Medical Oncology - Dr. Wilky was recently recruited to the CU Cancer Center in 2018 from the University of Miami. She is an expert in sarcomas, rare cancers of bone and soft tissue that affect all ages of patients, who desperately need new therapies. In addition to seeing patients, she oversees laboratory research and designs and runs clinical trials to find treatments that improve the immune system's ability to kill sarcomas. Dr. Wilky also works with Dr. Lieu to allocate funding from Cancer League of Colorado to the most promising research ideas.
"In cancer research, the distance between new discoveries in the laboratory and the patients waiting for early clinical trials is the smallest of any field in medicine. Particularly when we are studying immune therapies, it's critical that we learn something from every single patient who is treated with these new drugs. With investigatorinitiated trials, and the additional support from Cancer League of Colorado, we have the critical resources to do exactly this. We study our patients' immune systems in blood and tumors before and after therapy, identify the barriers, and try therapies in the lab that can improve the next generation of clinical trials for our patients. It's bench to bedside and back again!"

"Did you know a child is diagnosed every two minutes with cancer worldwide? Did you know one in five will not survive cancer? Because I am one of the four who survived it’s up to me to do what I can to help other children and families suffering from the effects of cancer. I want to help support the organizations out there bringing smiles to hurting child, like the many organizations that Cancer League supports. None of these life changing events could have been possible for me or my family without the generous donations from  Cancer League of Colorado."

Preston Kilzer-Survivor

From Dan Theodorescu, MD, PhD, Former Cancer Center Director and Professor of Surgery and Pharmacology at the CU School of Medicine - "Cancer League of Colorado has filled a unique niche throughout its 43 years, providing seed grants for promising yet untested cancer research projects-the types of grants no other funder offers on a systematic basis in the Rocky Mountain region. Scores of University of Colorado Cancer Center (UCCC) researchers have earned these grants this past decade, and parlayed them into far larger grants from federal funders such as the National Institutes of Health when these early research investigations proved to be fruitful lines of inquiry.
With a new $2 million pledge toward a Cancer League of Colorado endowed chair at the CU Cancer Center, Cancer League now will go a step further to advance world-class cancer research here in Colorado."

From CLC grant recipient Naushad Ali, Ph.D. - "The preliminary results generated during my grant period laid the foundation for my current research programs, and as a result, I was able to publish several research papers. The preliminary investigation during this period helped in getting grants from the American Liver Foundation. Your contribution helps researchers to continue their interest in cancer biology. The information generated by each research project funded by CLC is like thick dots that make a bold line. You are not only part of those dots but also connecting links."

“We are entering an exciting new era in cancer treatment and management. This is the result of years of intensive research and gradual but inexorable progress in our understanding of this disease.

Cancer League of Colorado has been, and continues to be, a major contributor to this progress by providing critical support for cutting-edge research. Thank you for your tireless efforts—you are making a difference!” John Tentler, PhD Associate Professor,  Medical Oncology-University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus 

"Words do not suffice to express our gratitude to Cancer League of ColoradoWe were just awarded our 7th grant from them, and we are so honored to help bring comfort and hope to kids in Colorado who are fighting cancer and their siblings. It’s the generosity of organizations like this that allow us to do what we do. Please consider supporting their mission"




Cancer League of Colorado's mission is to secure the cure or control of cancer by raising funds to support innovative cancer research and cancer-related services in the state of Colorado.

Background Statement

Cancer League of Colorado, Inc, was founded in 1969 and incorporated in 1985 for the purpose of securing the ultimate cure for or control of cancer. CLC strives to attain this goal through fundraising, providing service in various cancer-related areas and by educating its members on this disease.

CLC awards grants based on available funds for research grants to institutions in Colorado involved in research aimed at treatments and a cure for cancer. CLC also awards service grants to organizations providing indigent patient care and support and educational services for cancer patients, their families and others. Funds to support these grants are obtained primarily through special events and contributions from individuals, corporations, and private foundations.

CLC is unique among nonprofit organizations because it is comprised entirely of dedicated volunteers, currently numbering more than 400, with no paid staff and no offices. As a result, all money raised goes to cancer research and related service programs exclusively in Colorado. Further, the research CLC funds allows researchers to do the initial testing required to qualify for major national grants that have averaged more than 20 times the amount of the original CLC seed grant.

Organization Data


Organization name

Cancer League of Colorado

other names


Year Established


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Medical Research

Organization Size

Large Organization


Cancer League of Colorado, Inc. P.O. Box 5373
Englewood, CO 80155

Service areas


Colorado Springs, CO, US

Fort Collins, CO, US

Parker, CO, US

Aurora, CO, US



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