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Schedule of Events

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CureFest 2023 will take place in a hybrid format again this September. There will be an in-person event in Washington, DC, as well as an interactive virtual format that will allow families from around the world to hold One Voice Walks and other activities in their own communities. 

CureFest for Childhood Cancer Weekend will be held in person in Washington, DC on September

22 - 24, 2023. Unofficial and affiliated events begin on September 20. 

Here are some of the features of in-person CureFest.

Note: This schedule includes official and unofficial CureFest events as well as additional events hosted by the childhood cancer community. All activities and events are subject to change or cancellation.

Wednesday, September 20

Golden Toast

An evening cocktail reception honoring the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus Co-Chairs

Hosted by the Carson Leslie Foundation

Contact Annette Leslie for more information at

Thursday, September 21

14th Annual Childhood Cancer Summit

Members of the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus gather with advocates, doctors, and survivors to raise awareness for the pediatric cancer community.

Hosted by the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus

Friday, September 22

BrainStorm Summit Presentations

Details coming soon.

For more information, visit

​Climb the Hill Youth Advocacy Day

Hosted by Kids V Cancer

Leave your parents behind. Come visit Congressional offices with your peers. Talk to staff and Members of Congress. Be the voice of childhood cancer. We will train you. You will change the world. 

Contact for more details. 

This event is only open to young adults and kids. We ask parents to find other activities to do while their kids are participating.  

CureFest Family Welcome Night

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Freedom Plaza

Hosted by CureFest

Welcome Reception and Awareness Celebration

Details coming soon.

Hosted by the Alliance for Childhood Cancer & the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer

Teen/Young Adult - Friday Late Night

Details coming soon.

Saturday, September 23

BrainStorm Summit’s Tough2gether Against DIPG/DMG Breakfast

Hosted by Tough2gether Against DIPG

For more information, visit

BrainStorm Summit’s Survivorship Breakfast 

For more information, visit

Express, Create & Heal Workshops

The goal of this session is to help survivors, fighters and siblings (ages 3 - 19) make big feelings a little less scary, provide tools and activities that make sharing big emotions easier, and to create a space for healing and resilience -- all while creating community and having fun!

Hosted by CureFest and A Moment of Magic


Rally to the Capitol

2 p.m. on the National Mall

Hosted by the Rally Foundation

​CureFest Meet and Greet 

5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at Freedom Plaza

Hosted by CureFest

CureFest Night of Golden Lights

6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Freedom Plaza

Hosted by CureFest

​CureFest Candlelight Vigil

8:30 to 9 p.m. at Freedom Plaza

Hosted by CureFest

Sunday, September 24

Hope, Healing and Heaven Worship Service

Details coming soon. 

Hosted by Gift from a Child and Tough2gether

CureFest Festival

11 a.m. at National Sylvan Theater near the

Washington Monument: Performances, Speeches and Tributes

Hosted by CureFest

Childhood Cancer Shoe Memorial Ceremony

12:30 p.m. on the Washington Monument Grounds

Hosted by CureFest and the 1Voice Foundation

CureFest Walk

12:45 p.m. on the Washington Monument Grounds

3/4 mile walk at your own pace

Hosted by CureFest

Additional Components

One Voice Walks (Virtual)

Rather than just one large walk in Washington, DC, this year will feature hundreds of informal neighborhood One Voice walks around the country. Some walks may involve one person and others might involve many families. Customized banners with the name of your group, organization or community will be available for purchase at cost. 

CureFest LiveStream 

CureFest program with speakers and performers will be streamed on September 24 and 25 prior to the One Voice community walks.

CureFest Beads and Medals

Honor beads will be provided to in-person participants. Medals will be presented to all survivors, fighters, and siblings in attendance. 

Virtual participants will have the opportunity to purchase honor beads and medals for survivors, fighters, siblings, parents and advocates. 

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