Our History

The Children’s Research Fund Junior Board was founded in 1992 as the Medical Research Junior Board Foundation, a junior board to the Medical Research Institute Council. In 2011, the Medical Research Institute Council changed its name to the Children’s Research Fund.

The Children’s Research Fund is a principal benefactor of the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute, the research arm of the hospital and one of a handful of free-standing facilities in the nation devoted exclusively to pediatric medical research.

In order to more closely align with our senior board, we changed our name from the Medical Research Junior Board Foundation to the Children’s Research Fund Junior Board. The Children’s Research Fund Junior Board works under the umbrella of the Lurie Children’s Foundation to promote activities and community awareness for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Since 1992, we have contributed nearly $2 million, including supporting initiatives for the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Children’s Research Fund Junior Board Past Co-Chairs:

2016: Tonya Geesman & Jack Doron
2015: Tonya Geesman & Neal Gram
2014: Amy Gerstein & Jason Gordon
2013: Amy Gerstein & Jason Gordon
2012: Sharon Bronstein & Christin Pullano
2011: Jason Goodman & Christin Pullano
2010: Ryan Friedman & Alys Hanzlik
2009: Ryan Friedman & Alys Hanzlik
2008: Katrina Lehman & Aimee Zabrin
2007: Katrina Lehman & Lesley Kagan
2006: Lesley Kagan & Marrissa Brillhart
2005: David McHugh & Marrissa Brillhart
2004: David McHugh & Marrissa Brillhart
2003: Shelbi Gerchenson & Carrie L. Newton
2002: Carrie Newton & Julie Yarbrough
2001: Loren H. Maltenfort & Merideth Soren
2000: Brian Kerns & Robin W. Minor
1999: Brian Kerns & Robin W. Minor
1998: David I. Fein & Stephanie Fogle
1997: David I. Fein & Emily Shapira
1996: Lisa Mann & Emily Shapira
1995: Lisa Mann & Jennifer Lebold Quinn
1994: Terry Engleman Rhoads
1993: Terry Engleman & Dani Rusnak
1992: Terry Engleman & Dani Rusnak

Children’s Research Fund Junior Board Funding History

FUNDS RAISED
2000 $67,722
2001 $51,572
2002 $102,522
2003 $82,825
2004 $88,408
2005 $127,277
2006 $152,448
2007 $147,965
2008 $147,127
2009 $138,000
2010 $167,985
2011 $101,975
2012 $99,936
2013 $110,180
2014 $119,854

FUNDING HISTORY
1998 & 1999 Dr. Bernard L. Mirkin’s Drug Exploration and Therapy
2000 & 2001 Dr. Yuqi Zhao’s AIDS/Cancer Research
2002 & 2003 Dr. Leon Epstein’s Neuroprotection Research
2003 Dr. Sara Ahlgren’s Molecular Genetics Research
2004 & 2005 Dr. Christine DiDonato’s Spinal Muscular Atrophy Program
2006 & 2007 Dr. David Walterhouse’s GLI1 in Developmental Biology Research
2008 & 2009 Dr. Mark Wainwright’s Research with Xenobase
2010 & 2011 Dr. Deli Wang’s Biostatistics Research Core; Heroes For Life Campaign benefitting the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
2012 & 2013 Dr. Sookyong Koh’s Epilepsy Research
2014 & 2015 Dr. Kathryn Barsness’s Simulation-based Education
2016 & 2017 - Dr. Ji Heon Paul Lee, Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant Fellow

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Annual Giving to the Children’s Research Fund Junior Board is critical to our ability to continue to fund innovative pediatric medical research that will benefit countless children. It is also critical in enabling Lurie Children’s to remain competitive in securing external funding necessary to become one of the country’s leading pediatric research centers. Gifts of any amount are greatly appreciated. Gifts of $1,000 or more will be recognized at our signature event, Cocktails for a Cause.

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Co-Chairs:
Lauren Joseph  •  Dan Martino

Executive Committee:
Brittany Abrams  •  Matt Allard
John Dana  •  Brian Duffy
Kelsey Garvin  •  Tonya Geesman
Amy Gerstein
Brittany Hartwig  •  Jackie Hartz
Kelly Kapshandy  •  Nikki Keidan
Katie Lyons   •  Melli Prousis

Children’s Research Fund Liaison:
Tammy Whelan

Legal Counsel:
David P. McHugh  •  Schiff Hardin LLP

Children’s Research Fund Junior Board:
c/o Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation
225 East Chicago Avenue, Box 4
Chicago, IL 60611-2605
p 312.227.7500  •  f 312.227.9534
info@crfjb.org