Schools Can Raise Funds for Cancer Research Through Caps for the Cure

MADISON - Schools throughout Wisconsin are encouraged to participate in a fundraising campaign for cancer research inspired by a nine-year-old girl who died from leukemia three years ago.


Kristina Schultz started Caps for the Cure in her hometown of Sun Prairie by sending E-mails and handwritten letters to principals and student councils. Her idea was to have the schools designate one day out of the year where students and teachers could pay a dollar to wear a cap to class with the money donated to American Family Children's Hospital.


"She was so passionate about finding a cure for cancer," says Kristina's father, Daryl. "She wanted to grow up and be a doctor to help other kids."


All public and private schools in Sun Prairie as well as a number of businesses and private donors joined in the effort. Eventually, word spread to other school districts in the state.


Since 2006, the program has generated $75,000 for cancer research at American Family Children's Hospital. More than 75 schools in Wisconsin have organized a Caps for the Cure Day. Some have raised $100; others up to $2,500.


"Every little bit helps," says Kylee Malik Carolfi, hospital special events coordinator.


Kristina's sister Hanna has now taken over the responsibility of spreading the word about Caps for the Cure.


"It didn't take any coaching from us for Hanna to take the lead," says Kristina's mother, Lori. "She knew it was something she needed to do."


"I wanted to keep my sister's dream alive," says Hanna. "Kristina didn't want anyone else to go through what she went through."


The Schultz family is encouraging school children to organize their own Caps for the Cure Day the week of April 19-23.


Schools, organizations and individuals interested in participating should contact Kylee Carolfi Malik at (608) 890-9308 or E-mail her at

Date Published: 04/05/2010

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