About Us

Credit Unions Kids at Heart® (CU Kids at Heart) is a Massachusetts-based 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and one of the largest collaborative fundraising programs in the nation for the credit union community. Eastern Corporate Federal Credit Union (EasCorp) of Burlington, Massachusetts, founded CU Kids at Heart in 1996 with a small group of Massachusetts credit unions. Today, the organization includes dozens of participating credit unions and corporate sponsors nationwide. Our aim is to leverage the collective impact of credit union charitable efforts and to reflect of the industry's belief in collaboration in service of a greater good.

Our mission is simple: we are dedicated to helping children lead healthy and happy lives.The organization and its supporters are committed to funding research activities aimed at the prevention, treatment, and/or cure of pediatric neurological diseases, including Moyamoya disease, Cerebral Palsy, pediatric epilepsy and other seizure disorders, and pediatric brain cancer. We work closely with the medical investigators at Boston Children's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and their research affiliates, to provide financial stability to these often underfunded research areas. Our contributions have directly made possible clinical trials, new diagnostic tools, treatment breakthroughs and promising drug therapies, and much more. Since its founding, CU Kids at Heart has raised nearly $7 million toward these fundraising directives.

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CU Kids at Heart Team thanks firefighter Anthony Sr. of the Boxford Fire Department

Honoring the Boxford Fire Department

On Sunday, May 17, 2020, representatives of the CU Kids at Heart Team delivered thank you cards and signs for the Boxford, MA Fire Department to the home of Patient Partner Anthony. Anthony’s dad, Anthony Sr., is an on-call firefighter in the department, and one of several essential workers on the CU Kids at Heart Team. His fellow first responders have been all chipping in to limit Anthony’s exposure to potential COVID-19 calls—a meaningful show of support for a family with a child with special needs. We salute Anthony and the Boxford Fire Department—our local heroes!


Research Offers New Hope for COVID-19 Treatments

The CU Kids at Heart research investigators remind us that research creates a ripple effect, that new discoveries inspire new ideas far beyond the immediate inquiry. We are proud that medical research funded in part by Credit Unions Kids at Heart may lead to new treatment protocols for COVID-19. Studies of inflammation in cancer conducted by the Panigrahy Lab at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and supported by our Team’s C.J. Buckley Memorial Fund for Pediatric Brain Cancer Research are applicable to COVID-19 and the related disorders now affecting children and may lead to new drugs to treat the inflammation of the organs associated with this virus and related syndromes. Learn more on the Research page.


Honoring an Essential Hospital Worker

On Thursday, May 7, 2020, the CU Kids at Heart Team paraded past the home of April, mother of Patient Partner Sammy and little sister Madison, to thank her for being an essential hospital worker. April is a radiology technician on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. A few weeks back, she might have spent her shift taking x-rays of broken bones or sprains, but now she is almost exclusively performing chest x-rays as part of the hospital’s COVID-19 response. April is deeply committed to caring for her community; she hopes she can give to others just as the medical community has cared for her son and her family. We salute and thank April, her fellow radiologists and technicians, and all of the hospital workers and support staff for their commitment to helping our communities.

Kids at Heart Team thanks essential worker April and family

CU Kids at Heart Team visits Patient Partner Maddie and family

Honoring a Local Firefighter and EMT

On Sunday, May 3, members of the CU Kids at Heart Team surprised the family of Patient Partner Maddy with a procession honoring her father Derek, a firefighter and EMT for the town of Reading, MA. In a recent interview, Derek described how the threat of COVID-19 is different from any physical threat or medical risk for which he has been trained. Derek says that he and his fellow first responders carry a chronic and heavy burden these days, a deep fear that they may unknowingly carry this illness to someone they love. Derek hopes that after this pandemic passes people will have a new appreciation of first responders and a better understanding of their role in keeping our communities safe. We salute and thank Derek, his fellow firefighters, his fellow EMTs, and all the support staff at these agencies for their commitment to helping our communities.


Boston Marathon Postponed to September 14, 2020

CU Kids at Heart raises funds for Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), in part, by sponsoring a team that runs the Boston Marathon with the BCH charitable team. The 124th Boston Marathon was postponed to Monday, September 14, 2020. We are pleased to announce that each and every runner on the 2020 CU Kids at Heart Team expressed their intent to run in September’s marathon. The 2020 season fundraising for research at BCH will now continue through September.


The CJ Buckley Memorial Fund

In 2019, CU Kids at Heart established the CJ Buckley Memorial Fund for Pediatric Brain Cancer Research to support the groundbreaking work of the Panigrahy Lab at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Dipak Panigrahy, principal research investigator, and his team study the impact of inflammation on cancer in the hope of stopping the growth of cancerous cells. The fund honors Carter J. Buckley, a young man who passed away in 2002 from brain cancer. Learn more on the Research page.


Our Partners: the Team Jack Foundation

CU Kids at Heart has partnered with the Team Jack Foundation, a non-profit foundation chaired by New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead, in the fight against pediatric brain cancer. The Team will donate to the Team Jack Foundation in support of new and ongoing research initiatives and promising clinical trials at Boston Children's Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Learn more on our Affiliates page.

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