Collin's Story


At the age of seven, Collin Truitt Poynter was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an aggressive children’s cancer that is typically found when children are very young. Collin started treatment at University of Kentucky’s Pediatric Oncology Clinic in conjunction with professionals at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Oncology Division. Throughout 2001-2003, Collin underwent a stem cell transplant, four rounds of chemotherapy, and two rounds of radiation. In 2004, he was treated at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with two MIBG treatments, an intensive form of radiation. Collin lost his courageous battle on September 22, 2004 at only 11 years old.

Two years before his death, Collin started raising money to give back to the numerous organizations and individuals that helped him in his fight because he believed his mission was to help other kids with cancer. The organization was originally called "Collin’s Classic for Children with Cancer” and raised money through fundraisers and gifts from family and friends before and after Collin’s passing. In June of 2014, the board of directors decided they could do more for children with cancer by working with Kids Cancer Alliance and created the "Collin Cancer Fund for Children” at the Community Foundation of Louisville. The Collin Cancer Fund for Children benefiting Kids Cancer Alliance ensures Collin’s legacy lives on.

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Kate Biagi-Rickert
Director of Stewardship
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Michael Pfaff
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Elise Waddell
Development & Stewardship Senior Associate

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