Raised for Local Nonprofits
1784 gifts
Totaling $279,742.24
Raised for Local Nonprofits
1784 gifts
Totaling $279,742.24
Raised for Local Nonprofits
1784 gifts
Totaling $279,742.24

Smashing Walnuts

Specific Need

4,400 Children are diagnosed with brain cancer every year

20% of chlldren diagnosed will die within five years

3 drugs developed in the last 30 years to treat childhood brain cancer


These include children who are terminal upon diagnosis, with no options for a life-saving treatment. This is unacceptable. The work of Smashing Walnuts is to change these statistics by funding much needed research and clinical trials to find “cures.” Sources of funding for childhood brain cancer research are scarce, but through our financial support, lobbying and directed resources, we have already moved the needle.



Help us cure childhood brain cancer by funding scientific research and clinical trials. The research we support seeks to reveal the cellular and molecular biology of childhood brain tumors. The same avenue of inquiry into adult cancer has yielded better methods for diagnosis and treatment. With sufficient support, this research can and will deliver the same results for childhood brain cancer. Help us turn the possibilities into realities. Help us crack the cure.


Smashing Walnuts has a mission of action because we want more. More insight. More therapies. More childhoods.



At 9 years old, Gabriella Miller was diagnosed with DIPG, an inoperable brain tumor that was the size of a walnut. Realizing how little awareness and funding there was for childhood cancer and particularly childhood brain cancer, Gabriella became a global advocate for children with cancer and started the Smashing Walnuts Foundation. Gabriella was only 10 years old when she passed away in 2013. Her family now continues her mission of awareness. Smashing Walnuts is Gabriella’s legacy, founded to give kids like her a fighting chance.

Why Focus on Research?

Childhood brain cancer and adult brain cancer are NOT THE SAME; they are different diseases and require different treatments. Although 12 major types of childhood cancers and over 200 subtypes have been identified, the treatments given to children today were developed for adults in the 1970s and in essence have not been improved since then. This is unacceptable.


Research is a long road. Investigations of one sub-set of a single tumor can take 12 months or longer, while lab trials and clinical trials take years. But research today does not start from scratch. The knowledge gained today builds on all that has come before. Breakthroughs in treating one kind of cancer may have implications for childhood brain cancer. Treatments that show promise in a clinical trial may inspire another researcher to ask, “What if?” We know that research is the right path that will lead to answers.

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Leesburg VA 20178
Phone: (703) 779-3505

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