Our Mission

The Laurel’s Army Foundation is a 501(c)3 IRS recognized non-profit organization based in Cypress, Texas which has a primary focus on providing funding to support pediatric cancer research efforts at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas.

The namesake of the Foundation is Laurel Batchelder, a now 11-year-old pediatric cancer survivor who battled a rare solid-mass tumor called Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma as a then 3-year old in 2010. Laurel endured 54 weeks of intense chemotherapy, a 10 hour surgery and over 40 days of radiation to help eradicate the disease from her body.

Beginning in 2015, the Laurel’s Army Foundation forged a strategic partnership with Dr. Wendy Allen-Rhoades, a research doctor in the Scholars of Excellence program at Texas Children’s Hospital, part of the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Allen-Rhoades is also a participant in the Children’s Oncology Group, a nationwide collaborative effort amongst a number of research hospitals all working and fighting towards the same goal, an ultimate cure to pediatric cancers all together.

We look forward to working on your behalf to continue to support these amazing programs at Texas Children’s.

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