What is your favorite part of helping kids with cancer?

    Introducing Princess Marygold!

    Princess Marygold is the first ever childhood cancer survivor princess. Her mission is to bring smiles full of hope to children fighting the biggest battle of their life, childhood cancer. Cancer affects everyone, even princess and princes. Princess Marygold is here to help make every child feel royal in their fight!

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    👋 Hi, we help families battling childhood cancer.

    We support families of children ages 0-18 with financial donations and a message of hope.

    “Leia’s Kids has helped my son who is fighting ALL and relieved some financial expenses that cancer brings with it. They were a blessing to us and we are forever grateful for them!”

    Beckett’s mom, Kaitlin Burge

    Thank you to our sponsors!

    Insurance covers the hospital, but what about all the other expenses?

    Miscellaneous costs of cancer quickly add up and many families are left with no way to pay for them.

    Most parents have other children besides their child with cancer.

    Managing childcare for other children is difficult and expensive.
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    Mom or dad has to quit their job and stay at the hospital.

    The loss of income makes the extra bills even more difficult to handle.

    Expenses go through the roof when a child has cancer.

    Airline tickets, staying overnight in hospitals and hotels, costs for takeout and premade food all create unmanageable costs for families.

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    What Leia’s Kids Does for Kids

    Crown A Kid Party

    We throw a special party for the child to celebrate their courage.

    Covers Surprise Costs

    We help parents cover things like unexpected travel or child-care.

    Community Exposure

    We build community for parents and kids facing cancer.

    Emotional Support

    We walk with families because we understand what it’s like to have a child with cancer.



    Za’elle is a sassy and energetic 4-year-old with a huge heart! In 2020 she was admitted to the hospital for what her family thought was foot pain. Quickly, the doctors found cancer cells in her bone marrow and a tumor in her stomach. That day Za’elle was officially diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. She had cancer cells head to toe and has gone through multiple chemotherapy treatments, stem cells, MIBG scans, immunotherapy, and most recent MIBG radiation therapy and we are now waiting for her next scans and steps. Za’elle stands tall with her mom and dad! She loves anything pink and princesses.

    Kids we’ve crowned!

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    leia presenting a check to a kid with cancer
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    liea sitting with becket and a huge check
    leia and ava with a check

    How you can help

    You Donate

    Donate to Leia’s Kids through our secure PayPal portal. Donations are tax deductable!

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    We Identify

    We find kids who are in desperate need of financial support. Nominate a kid here.
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    We “Crown a Kid”

    During the donation ceremonies, we throw a party and give money to children and families who are fighting childhood cancer.

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    You Make A Difference

    Your money helps these families pay for childcare, food, hospital stays for mom and dad and extra expenses for the family.

    Donate To Leia's Kids Today

    Your support makes all the difference for the families in our care. Consider donating today and making an incredible impact on a child’s life and family.

    “[Leia is a] special talented leader meeting needs of people with challenges.”

    Karl Berry
    Senior Executive Director of CCRC

    “Leia’s Kids is a hope-filled nonprofit that changes lives of these heroic families fighting cancer.”

    Annie Fortunato

    Ways you can give


    Corporate Sponsorships

    “83% of Americans have a more positive image of companies who support a cause they care about.” – Cohn/Roper Research​
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    Gift Card Donations

    Families battling cancer frequently request gift cards. Here are some of the most in-demand categories.
    – Grocery stores
    – Gas
    – American Girl
    – Toys ‘R’ Us
    – Clothing (e.g. Children’s Place, Old Navy)
    – Resorts (e.g. Kennywood, Kalahari)

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    Financial Donations

    A monetary donation to a family battling childhood cancer provides an immediate and critical impact which enables the family to focus on living rather than on pressing financial needs.
    About Leia's Kids

    Leia's Kids

    We are non-profit charity, founded in 2017, whose mission is to provide hope and support to children and their families battling childhood cancer.

    Many of us know local children and families that have been affected by childhood cancer. Doctors and nurses work hard to cure patients’ cancers, but families need more than medical help to get them through this difficult time. This is the point at which the Leia’s Kids Foundation intervenes. The foundation provides direct financial assistance to children and their families who are facing the often overwhelming childhood cancer pathway.

    Leia Therese Hunt, Leia’s Kids Founder, advocates for childhood cancer awareness through her faith-filled inspirational message, not only to those battling cancer, but to community groups, religious groups, corporations and educational institutions.

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    Meet the Board


    Barry C. Williams


    Barry is the father of four children and resides with his wife and kids in Frisco, Texas. Barry is HVAC Service Manager at Milestone Home Service Co. He joined Leia’s Kids to be part of a movement to change lives affected by childhood cancer.
    The part of this organization he enjoys the most is the joy on families faces as we are blessing them and their child/children during this difficult time. Fun Fact: Veggie platters with ranch is his favorite snack.


    Bonnie J. Hunt

    Vice President

    Bonnie is the mother of five kids, one of them being Leia. She resides in McKinney, TX with her husband of 27 years. Bonnie has first hand experience with childhood cancer as she fought alongside her daughter. Bonnie is a registered nurse and a realtor. Her favorite thing about Leia’s Kids is getting to speak with the parents of the children and help them navigate their situation.

    Savannah Jackson

    Development Coordinator

    Savannah resides in Anna, Texas with her husband and her two canine friends! She works as a Marketing Representative at SignatureCare ER. Savannah is not unfamiliar to cancer, as Breast Cancer has attacked many women in her family. Her dream has always been to start her very own non-profit, but upon meeting Leia, she was called to help make a difference with Leia’s Kids.
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    Banner Clark


    Banner resides in St. Petersburg, FL where he hopes to start a family with his fiancé, Haley, and oversized golden retriever, Cliff. Banner joined Leia’s Kids because of personal experiences he has gone through with friends and family members battling cancer. Banner is a Wealth Advisor for Sagace Wealth Management. Banner’s favorite thing about Leia’s Kids is seeing those kiddos face light up when they are crowned at their party.

    Victor DiSanzo


    Victor resides in Verona, NJ where he was born and raised. He currently works as a Health and Physical Education for Grades 3-5. He also works part time as a CrossFit Coach and is actively working on growing his real estate business.

    Victor was originally attracted to Leia’s Kids due to personal experiences with both his parents passing away from cancer. His desire to help people with cancer mixed with his passion for helping youth and young adults made Leia’s kids the perfect fit. His favorite thing about Leia’s Kids is knowing in his heart the amount of hope we bring to kids and their families.
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    Inspirational Speaker

    Leia T. Hunt

    Diagnosed with Retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer, when she was two years old, Leia underwent 31 surgical procedures, multiple rounds of chemotherapy and, ultimately, the insertion of a radioactive plaque in her left eye. The radiation ultimately defeated her cancer, but left her blind in the left eye.

    Today, Leia has turned the devastation of her childhood cancer into a testimony of hope and faith. Leia is passionate about sharing her story and has embraced the opportunity to speak at various events, including childhood cancer fundraising events, youth rallies and events at the University of Pittsburgh.

    At 21 years old, after serving two years as a missionary with Hard As Nails Ministries, Leia is working to make her dreams for Leia’s Kids come true by bringing goodness into a world of suffering.


    “My Battle Plan” Journal

    A 9 week journal for a child to express their highs and lows while fighting their biggest battle.

    This journal comes complete with motivational quotes, coloring pages, battle buddies and more.

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    Be the link between the community and families battling Childhood Cancer.

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    Want to get involved with the mission of Leia’s Kids?
    Get in touch with our team here!

      Leia's Kids

      P.O. Box 6012
      McKinney, Texas 75071


      Leia’s Kids is a non-profit organization.

      EIN: 82-3212936

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