Susan L. Weiner, Ph.D., founded the Children’s Cause for Cancer Advocacy (originally named The Children’s Cause, Inc.) in 1999 to give voice to the concerns of childhood cancer patients, survivors and their families and empower them to take on leadership roles in pediatric cancer advocacy.
Dr. Weiner, whose child was a 13-year cancer survivor, has been key in bringing childhood cancer to the forefront of the national cancer policy agenda. She worked as a childhood brain tumor and children’s disability advocate for many years before establishing CCCA. Her work includes service on numerous national boards and committees including the TARGET Subcommittee of NCI’s Board of Scientific Advisors, Brain Tumor Funders' Collaborative, Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, and the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections.
Dr. Weiner is also a founder of the Mary McDowell Friends School, an independent school in New York City for children with learning disabilities.