Margaret Voight Guedes, President, CEO and Founder
Margaret is an experienced leader with 30 years in healthcare administration and nonprofit management, and is dedicated, passionate and driven to connect philanthropy to the real-time needs of children and families with cancer.
Board of Directors
Margaret Guedes, President, CEO & Founder
Ben Guedes, MD, Treasurer
David Owens, Director
Marilyn Stout, Director
Kaylene Woo, Director
Debbie Gallucci, Director
David Shook, MD, Medical Director
John Bocchino, Board Attorney
Development Advisory Board
The Development Advisory Board’s objective is to identify individuals, corporations, events and opportunities that can financially support the mission of Kids Beating Cancer and the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center.
Tom Lupo, Chairman, Space Coast Pictures, Inc.
After 23 years of serving the Central Florida community and beyond, Kids Beating Cancer is the oldest and most trusted resource for families during time of crisis. Through the great support and inspiration of many important corporate and foundation donors and individual supporters, Kids Beating Cancer is able to continue providing resources and support for children with cancer, leukemia and related life-threatening diseases. A special thank you to our Partnerships that provide us with ongoing financial, inspirational and promotional support to further the Kids Beating Cancer Mission.
Thank you to all who support the children!
In 2011, Kids Beating Cancer established the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center with a pledge of one million dollars to Florida Hospital for Children. Today’s children, as well as future generations diagnosed with cancer, leukemia and related life-threatening diseases, need a place dedicated to curing their disease. Any child can come to the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center to be evaluated as a possible transplant treatment and receive the testing necessary to identify a compatible donor, regardless of insurance coverage or the family’s financial means.
Dance Therapy (New for 2015) In partnership with Orlando Ballet School, Kids Beating Cancer children can attend special ballet classes and learn at their own pace — all at no cost to the families. The practice of ballet provides an outlet for kids to build self-confidence and concentration. Kids that are going through cancer therapy benefit from ballet, as it increases flexibility, improves posture and strengthens their muscles. Stay tuned for exciting updates on this new program.
Rock ‘N Art Party is a time for the kids to rock out, create art and make music with Kids Beating Cancer. Through partnership with Hard Rock International®, Hard Rock Hotel® and Hard Rock Cafe® in Orlando, Kids Beating Cancer sponsors an annual fun summer party for children and their families living with cancer and other related life-threatening diseases. Children can express themselves through music and art.
Orlando Magic provides monthly tickets during basketball season to Kids Beating Cancer children. Season ticket holders unable to attend a game also donate their premium seats to KBC kids and families.
Thank you to our friends at SeaWorld® for all they do for our families throughout the year! Especially during October, when SeaWorld hosts 125+ of our kids and their families for a special day at the SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular® celebration. They generously provide park tickets, SeaWorld characters, special animal visits to touch and feel, goodie bags and premium seating at the Shamu Show. Our kids really look forward to this annual event. Any child who can travel to SeaWorld Orlando for the party is welcome.
Florida Pediatric Associates (FPA) has been a longstanding, loyal partner for Kids Beating Cancer since 1993. For 20 years, FPA has provided free office space and shared office necessities, including phones, copies, office furniture, Internet and so much more, as well as financial support as annual sponsors for fundraising events.
Christopher Yates Fine Portraits – Don’t miss this limited time opportunity to have your child, grandchild or special little one photographed as a Little Angel by Christopher Yates Fine Portraits, along with the chance to be featured in the 2016 Little Angels Calendar, to benefit Kids Beating Cancer.
Orlando based artist, Cheri Riechers, has worked with Kids Beating Cancer since 2012 organizing community art projects to raise awareness, support the charity’s mission and provide resources for children with cancer, leukemia and related life-threatening diseases. In September 2014, she unveiled an interactive 3-D mural in the treatment room at the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center.
GoodSearch is a web search and every search for Kids Beating Cancer receives funding. GoodShop is an online resource that allows consumers to shop thousands of stores and save! A percentage of each purchase is donated to a cause of your choice. When you select KIDS BEATING CANCER as your charity (one time) all future purchases will automatically go to support Kids Beating Cancer’s Mission and Programs.
GIVENIK is an exciting new way to purchase online discount Broadway and off-Broadway tickets, premium seats and group rates to shows while supporting Kids Beating Cancer! Shop GIVENIK for all your tickets and Kids Beating Cancer Gets 5%!
GuideStar USA, Inc. is an information service specializing in reporting on US nonprofit companies. Kids Beating Cancer is a 5 Star Guidestar Exchange GOLD participant. Since 2010, the Guidestar database has contained over 5 million IRS 990 forms on 1.9 million organizations.
Thank You Massey Cadillac, Bill Hull, and your amazing Sales Team, for raising $31,750 in December of 2015 for Kids Beating Cancer and its Pediatric Transplant programs. Your passion and commitment for these precious children and determination to give them a second chance at life is an example of the impact one corporation can have on the lives of children facing life-threatening diseases!