Beat Childhood Cancer is a group of 40+ research centers and children’s hospitals headquartered at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital that offer an international network of childhood cancer clinical trials. These trials are based on the research from a group of closely collaborating investigators who are linked with laboratory programs developing novel therapies and technologies.

Our mission is to act as a national collaborative effort of researchers, oncologists and family advocates to bring forward new therapies and technologies with the goal of improving the survival and quality of life of children with childhood cancers.

Giselle Sholler, MD Chair, Beat Childhood Cancer
Patrick Lacey Founder, Beat Nb
William Ferguson, MD Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Kathleen Neville, MD, MS Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Don Eslin, MD Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
Jaqueline Kraveka, MD Medical University of South Carolina
Kyle Matthews Executive Director, Beat Nb
Lisa Riniolo New York Director, Beat Nb
Genevieve Bergendahl, MSN, PNP, CCRC Clinical Program Director, Beat Childhood Cancer

Executive Advisor: Patrick Lacey

Giselle Sholler, MD Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
William Ferguson, MD Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Kathleen Neville, MD, MS Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Don Eslin, MD Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
Jaqueline Kraveka, MD Medical University of South Carolina
Javier Oesterheld, MD Levine Children’s Hospital
Valerie Brown, MD, PhD Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Children’s Hospital
William Roberts, MD University of California San Diego School of Medicine,  Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego
Peter Zage, MD, PhD University of California San Diego School of Medicine,  Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego
Jeffrey Bond, PhD University of Vermont
Jeff Trent, PhD (select studies) TGen
Genevieve Bergendahl, MSN, PNP, CCRC Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
Randal Wada, MD University of Hawaii
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children
Jessica Foley, MD Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
Deanna Mitchell, MD Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
Amy-Lee Bredlau, MD Medical University of South Carolina
Theodore Laetsch, MD Children’s Health
Coopers Landing
1345 Monroe Ave.
MC252
Grand Rapids, MI 49505


Ping Zhao, Mgr, Research – HDVCH
Ping.Zhao@helendevoschildrens.org
(616) 486-8645

Elizabeth VanSickle, Scientist
Elizabeth.Vansickle@helendevoschildrens.org
(616) 486-8646

Tracey Avequin, Research Technician 2
Tracey.Avequin@helendevoschildrens.org
(616) 486-8648

Mary Durston, Research Technician 1
Mary.Durston@helendevoschildrens.org
(616) 486-8647

Shannon Kelly, Research Technician 1
Shannon.Kelly@helendevoschildrens.org
(616) 526-7335

Tyler Maser, Research Technician 1
Tyler.Maser@helendevoschildrens.org
(616) 267-1659