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What is Courageous Kids Day?

This amazing event provides “a day away from cancer” free of charge to nearly 600 young cancer patients and their families from throughout the state of California. Courageous Kids Day was founded in 1989 in partnership with California’s Great America and takes place annually on Mother’s Day. It’s an extra-special, fun-packed day for the courageous kids and their families, allowing them to forget some of that stress and have fun together; a day of enjoying amusement rides, a picnic lunch, arts & crafts, family portraits, photographs with local celebrities, and various activities.

See a short video of Courageous Kids Day!

Also be sure to check out the 2019 Courageous Kids Day Program!

Meet last year's 2019 Courageous Kids Ambassadors!

How to Apply

Cancer patients (18 & younger) and their families are invited to participate, free of charge, through their treatment centers.  Applications can be obtained starting late February.If you have questions, please contact Joan Schuller at

Cancer doesn’t fight fair at any age, but perhaps no cancer is more emotionally devastating than those that occur in children. The fear, uncertainty, and stress these young patients and families face can hardly be measured, but the progress the American Cancer Society has made in seeking new cures for cancer can.

The American Cancer Society is currently supporting 68 active, multi-year research grants for a total of approximately $37 million specific to childhood cancer. We currently support more than 750 active grants totaling more than $400 million in research that has implications for all cancers, including childhood cancers. The American Cancer Society is deeply committed to funding more research, including pediatric cancer research, that will find new answers that will benefit every child with cancer.

How to Help

Community members are invited to support the event through fundraising and donations; your financial support helps to underwrite this special day, fund Pediatric Cancer Research, as well as support the American Cancer Society’s mission to Save Lives, Celebrate Lives, & Lead the Fight for a World Without Cancer.

Volunteers are needed leading up to the event and day of the event, if you are interested in volunteering please contact Joan Schuller at or call 408.688.0089.

Are you interested in becoming a part of the Event Leadership Team? We are currently in search of a Volunteers Lead and a Sponsorship/Fundraising Lead. Please contact Joan Schuller at for additional details.

Coming Soon -- 2020 Ambassadors

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Please contact Joan Schuller at or call 408.688.0089 for more information on how to become an event sponsor and the benefits. Your financial support helps to provide this special day to these Courageous Kids & their families, as well as support the American Cancer Society's mission and fund Pediatric Cancer Research.