Clips for Cancer 2023 - help SWFL children and their families fighting cancer at Golisano Children's Hospital!
Clips for Cancer 2023

Why Participate?

Barbara's Friends has helped raise more than $20 million dollars in 28 years, serving more than 10,000 children in SWFL with cancer and blood disorders - children like Libbi who wants to be a princess when she grows up. 

The only program of its kind serving children between Tampa and Miami, the recovery rates at Golisano Children's Hospital surpass the national average. However, more than 75% of the children treated are underinsured, on Medicaid or have no form of payment.

Your generosity will ensure that families can focus on their child getting better and not have to worry about how they can afford to cover the cost of treatment. Whether it's providing gas cards, meals during hospital stays or assistance with tough bills, Barbara's Friends will be there to provide support. For children who need intensive, prolonged treatment, this access to exceptional oncology and pediatric services helps parents who might have to quit their jobs in order to care for their children. The ability to stay close to home, near loved ones and friends, is a key advantage that allows parents to balance the needs of the entire family while staying close to home.

Share joy and empower a child while making a lifesaving gift with a local impact. Your donation today stays in Southwest Florida to help a family and their child fight cancer at Golisano Children's Hospital. 

Be a friend to a child battling cancer today!

Meet Logan

Right after Hurricane Ian, a book fell on Logan's shoulder and it started to swell. He was sent to get an x-ray and the doctor saw something concerning. Logan was sent to Golisano for an MRI and that's when they saw it - there was a tumor on Logan's scapula.

"We are very fortunate that we have a hospital here locally to help treat kids in the community who are battling cancer," said Logan's mom Rachel.  As a parent, having those resources available for him and other patients is really special. These kids are going through a lot. The support that they receive from donors in the community to get these things that help keep their mind busy while they're receiving treatment when they're not feeling well, to see that available as a parent is so wonderful."

Your support ensures all families have access to lifesaving care, close to home.

Why Support Clips for Cancer?

Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida is part of the Children's Oncology Group (COG), the international organization that provides all the top research and clinical trials. With the same access as other top centers of excellence, Golisano's patients can get the care they need, close to home. This keeps families together.

1. Right now more than 90 children are on active cancer treatment at Golisano

2. Teens and young adults have a 30% higher success rate under a pediatric protocol

3. The survival rate at Golisano is 84%, even though the national average is 80%

Your participation is critical to providing this state-of-the-art care.

Frank's Legacy

Frank Haskell, the co-founder of Barbara’s Friends with his late wife, Betty, passed away on July 19 at 93. A local hero and dear friend, Mr. Haskell was well-known for his passionate support of Southwest Florida children with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders.

In 1995, Frank's daughter Barbara passed away at the age of 36 after four years of battling breast cancer. While receiving treatment, Barbara was moved by the bravery of children also fighting cancer, and before she died, she asked her parents to do more to help children, and Barbara’s Friends was founded.

Mr. Haskell never stopped working to improve the lives of children. Three years ago, his dream of a scholarship was realized with the Barbara’s Friends scholarship program, which annually awards local high school students who are survivors a four-year scholarship to the school of their choice. 

To continue Mr. Haskell’s legacy of giving back to others, the Frank Haskell Endowment Fund was established. Your generous support of this fund will honor Mr. Haskell and his family while helping childhood cancer and blood disorder survivors follow their dreams into adulthood. 

History of Clips for Cancer

Clips for Cancer started in 2018 after Armando Llechu, chief officer of hospital operations for Lee Health, met a very special girl named Mackenzie. 

On January 29th, 2008, eight-year-old Mackenzie was diagnosed with an aggressive, cancerous brain tumor called medulloblastoma. Twenty surgeries, thirty radiation treatments, ten months of chemotherapy, and numerous hospital stays would follow. 

Currently, Mackenzie is battling late-effect complications as a result of the treatments she received to save her life. She is a strong young hero that continues to defy the odds every day.

Thank you for your support!

Will you prove Bald is Brave?

Every day in the US, 43 families will hear the words, "your child has cancer." 

To raise awareness and support in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month,  pediatric cancer survivors from Golisano Children's Hospital will shave the heads of local supporters and community leaders live on Facebook & YouTube September 1 and September 29. The virtual events benefit Southwest Florida children who are battling cancer and other blood disorders at Golisano, showing them that they do not fight alone.

This year marks the 6th Annual Clips for Cancer, and our goal is to raise $350,000. All proceeds benefit Barbara’s Friends, the hospital's cancer fund.  Thanks to the generous donors and sponsors who support Clips for Cancer, no child is denied treatment due to an inability to pay. Every gift makes a difference. 

Last year, Clips for Cancer was cut short due to Hurricane Ian. This catastrophic hurricane added additional financial, physical and emotional burdens on our families. The funds from last year's event were used to help these families recover while their child was battling cancer. We need your help to continue meeting the needs of these families.

There are a few ways you can get involved:

  • ​SHAVE - to be part of the live events in September, shavees are encouraged to pledge to raise $5,000 for Barbara's Friends. A fundraising page will be made for you to help you meet your goal. If interested, please email

  • FUNDRAISE - not able to shave your head, but want to help spread awareness? Sign up below to become a fundraiser. Set a goal and invite your friends, colleagues and family to help children battling cancer.

  • DONATE - everyone can make a difference by giving what they can to help children battling cancer. Help us provide wrap around care for these families during one of the most challenging times in their lives.