Our Passion


Since 1992, the Children’s Research Fund Junior Board has been passionate about advancing discovery into new and more effective treatments for childhood diseases.

Meet our CRFJB Research Scholar, Dr. Carolyn Foster!

Upcoming Events


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Please welcome our new CRFJB Research Scholar, Dr. Carolyn Foster!

$220,000 two-year-pledge to fund Dr. Carolyn Foster
Dr. Carolyn Foster

For the next 2 years, beginning in the Fall of 2019, the CRFJB will be funding Dr. Foster’s research to design clinically effective and family-centered care for children on home breathing machines. Children who are born very early can have severe enough lung problems that they need a breathing machine to help them live at home after discharge, called a home mechanical ventilator. The goal of the Dr. Foster’s work is to keep children with home breathing machines out of the hospital and maximize their time at home, school, and play by getting them off the machine faster than the current care model allows. Please join us as we work to revolutionize the current care paradigm for this patient population, and most importantly improve the daily lives of children and their parents

Meet Melli


As a Lurie Children’s patient, I am forever indebted to the wonderful doctors and nurses who saved my life—not once but twice.

Imagine taking your child to an appointment with her pediatrician only to learn she needs to undergo surgery to remove a massive brain tumor. For most people, this would be their worst nightmare.

Become A Member


The Children’s Research Fund Junior Board consists of young professionals in the Chicago metropolitan area.

If you are interested in becoming a board member of the Children’s Research Fund Junior Board, please contact us at membership@crfjb.org for more information and to be added to the prospective members list.

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OUR MISSION


Since 1992, the Children’s Research Fund Junior Board has been passionate about advancing discovery into new and more effective treatments for childhood diseases. The board supports the work of the researchers and physician-scientists of the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Focused on a result-oriented “translational” model of research, scientists in the Manne Research Institute labs are working to develop better and safer therapies for the almost 200,000 children treated each year at Lurie Children’s. As the Junior Board to the Children’s Research Fund, a primary philanthropic benefactor of the Manne Research Institute, the Children’s Research Fund Junior Board supports investigations in genetics, incurable neuromuscular diseases, epilepsy, and other conditions.

Since its inception, the Children’s Research Fund Junior Board has helped raise over one million dollars for pediatric medical research initiatives conducted at Lurie Children’s and the Manne Research Institute. Approximately 80 cents of every dollar donated is utilized to fund the current Children’s Research Fund Junior Board’s research priority