Children’s Cancer Charities

Children's Cancer Charities encompasses a wide array of charitable organizations.


Our commitment to Children's Cancer Charities represents the collective effort of Tri Delta's members and chapters across the United States and Canada who continue to donate goods, volunteer time and host fund-raisers for the research and treatment of children with cancer.

As early as 1970, interest was expressed in a national philanthropy that would combine fundraising and volunteer work. It was intended that this national philanthropy not interfere with fundraising for scholarships, and that it have both local and national importance. A third stipulation was that the chosen philanthropy be one that was not already supported by another National Panhellenic Conference group. Research prior to the 1974 Convention found greatest interest in children, hospitals and cancer. The recommendations to that Convention were to adopt a philanthropy program that emphasized pediatric oncology and hematology, and to encourage participation in a national Sleighbell Luncheon on the first Tuesday of December. This national event was renamed Sleighbell Day in 1976 and then in 1990, the entire philanthropy program was renamed Children's Cancer Charities.

Since 1974, Tri Deltas have raised more than $14 million in support of children's cancer hospitals, research facilities and cancer camps.

In 1999, Delta Delta Delta officially adopted St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as its philanthropic partner. During 2009, Tri Delta celebrated 10 years of partnership with St. Jude.