The John R. Crosby Memorial Foundation

A 501(c)(3) Charity

March 10, 1993 - October 9, 2001

The John R. Crosby Foundation was created to support pediatric cancer patients and their families while they face a challenging time in their lives.  John Crosby was 8 years old and in the 2nd grade, when he was diagnosed with Adrenal Gland Cancer. John endured two surgeries and treatment, but succumbed to cancer on October 9, 2001, six months after being diagnosed. He left behind his parents, his brothers, Walter and Henry, and a multitude of friends and extended family.  John's motto was "just be yourself, and if people don't like you, so what!".  He could often be found giggling with his brothers and friends, and skipping down the halls of his elementary school.

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Established in 2001 shortly after John's death, John's Foundation has helped countless patients and their families navigate their cancer journey. Areas that we have been involved in include, but are not limited to:


  • Providing families with a Megswork Patient Journal ( to help them organize their treatment.
  • Providing families with meals throughout the year while they are inpatient at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.  In addition, the JCF is a sponsor of Family Night held monthly on the pediatric cancer floor at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.  We especially are proud of our ability to provide a full Thanksgiving Dinner, and meals/treats on other major holidays throughout the year.
  • The creation of the John Crosby Meditation Room which is a "quiet" room on 7 East Mott.  Families are able to take respite and comfort in this peaceful and serene room decorated for quiet reflection.
  • The creation of The Arbor, also on 7 East.  This room is used for the sickest of children on the Unit. The room is also decorated to give families the space and peaceful surroundings that is needed during this challenging time.
  • North Star Reach Camp.  A camp for seriously ill children so they too can receive the many benefits that camp can provide for a young person.
  • Special Days Camp. A camp specifically for pediatric cancer patients, and their siblings.
  • Child Life at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. Provides comfort and distraction for patients going through treatment.  Also support for the School Re-Entry program for children returning to school after an extended absence due to medical illness. 
  • Holiday Stocking Project.  Stockings made by Cancer Center staff to provide both adult and pediatric patients who are receiving treatment. 
  • The John R. Crosby Critical Nursing Award. Awarded annually by his/her peers, the awardee will attend a conference in Critical Care Nursing and provide the PICU with further education.
  • The Lawton Runathon.  A collaborative effort between John's Foundation and his school, Lawton Elementary in Ann Arbor, proceeds benefit both John's Foundation, and the Lawton PTO. John LOVED everything and anything about school and Lawton became his safe haven after spending so much time in the hospital. He loved the sense of normalcy he felt when he was able to attend school!
  • The Day of Beauty and Brawn.  A collaborative effort between John's Foundation and Allie's Angels brings a day of fun and merriment to the patients and their siblings on 7 East as well as in the Infusion and Clinic areas. 
  • The Giving Library. John was an avid reader and benefitted from this program while he was in the hospital this is a wonderful partnership.
  • Ele's Place.  A center for grieving families, Ele's provides support for siblings of children who have died, as well as the adults in their lives. 
  • The Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor. Providing support for children whose family dynamic has changed due to a family member being diagnosed with cancer.
  • Working with the dynamic Dr. Gary Hammer to investigate the latest in adrenal cancer treatment, as well as support adrenal cancer patients with psychosocial programming.
The John R. Crosby Memorial Foundation supports psychosocial programs and cancer research at C.S Mott Children’s Hospital, and local non-profit agencies. The Foundation provides families with ongoing support and bereavement services through educational materials, camp experiences, and referrals.