STOP! Children’s Cancer of Palm Beach County, Inc. is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, dedicated to raising money to fund research for pediatric oncology.    


Until 1990, the donations supported research, medicines and laboratory equipment at Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville, Florida.  Later that year, an endowment was created to sustain the ongoing annual efforts at Shands, to include a team of doctors and fellows dedicated to finding a cure.


In the early 2000s, Miami Children’s Hospital, St. Mary's Medical Center, The Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital approached STOP! for financial consideration on specific oncology projects.  With careful reflection, STOP! identified the needs and expanded their funding to also support these organizations.

Current STOP! Officers and Board Members

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Chrissy Colton
Carmella Wyatt
Vice President
Andrea Leyland
Tana Gaskill
Board Members
Colleen Bracci
Tracy Christian
Delores Colton
Chrissy Colton 
JeanMarie Connor
Lucy Crowley
Carrie Deitz
Mary Lou Desmond
Claudia Dober
Jane Dudan
Lisa Edwards
Kristen Gaeta
Tana Gaskill
Kelly Kennerly
Esther LaBovick
Andrea Leyland
Mary Lou Nason
Allison Nicklaus
Barbara Nicklaus
Nan O'Leary
Barbara Paschal
Vicki Peaper
Paige Seabridge

Fran Smith
Katie Stalcup
Lynn Surovek
Lynn Telling
Cyndie Wolf
Carmella Wyatt
STOP! Children's Cancer Founders
The Dober Family

STOP! was inspired by a brave family who built a positive future out of a devastating loss. In 1983, Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Dober held a charity tennis tournament in West Palm Beach, Florida, to honor the memory of their daughter Nancie Dober, who lost her 3-year battle with osteogenic sarcoma at the age of 15.  The funds raised from this event were sent to the University of Florida in Gainesville where Nancie had been undergoing cancer treatments. This event was the first of many fundraisers sponsored by STOP! to benefit pediatric cancer research.   The Dober family remains active with STOP! Children’s Cancer today.


Cancer Resource Links
Florida Resources

Nicklaus Children's Hospital

To inspire hope and promote lifelong health by providing the best care to every child.

Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation

Through collaborations with pediatric hospitals across the country, the Foundation has grown from a vision to a reality, supporting innovation programs focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of childhood illness.

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National Resources

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

The Children's Cancer and Blood Disease Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is an international leader in the treatment of cancer and blood diseases.

National Institutes of Health

A part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NIH is the largest biomedical research agency in the world.

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