Schedule of Events


Bringing The Community Together

CureFest for Childhood Cancer will be held in Washington, DC on September 19-23, 2019.

CureFest 2019 will officially kick off on Thursday night, September 19, with the Golden Toast. Hosted by the Carson Leslie Foundation, this reception honors the key members of Congress who have been most supoortive of children with cancer. This event has reached capacity but if you would like to have your name added to the waiting list, please contact Annette Leslie at [email protected]

On Friday, September 20 and Monday, September 23, CureFest will partner with Kids V Cancer to host a two separate Climb the Hill Days for students from elementary school to college-age. Exact times to be announced. Youth will attend an advocacy training in the Rayburn House Office Building. They will then meet with Members of Congress and Congressional staff to express their support for pediatric cancer research. The address is 45 Independence Ave SW., Washington, D.C. Parents will be welcome to stay in the cafeteria or come back later in the day.

CureFest continues on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. with a Rally to the U.S. Capitol. Families will be meeting on Freedom Plaza to make signs and then walk to the U.S. Capitol and back. Freedom Plaza is located at the corner of 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

The Meet & Greet on Freedom Plaza is from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. This family friendly event includes Packet Pick Up for the CureFest Walk, and some activities for children.

Immediately following the Meet & Greet is a “A Night of Golden Lights.” From 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. there will be live music and a speaking presentation at Freedom Plaza. At 8:30 p.m. attendees will walk as a group to the White House for a candlelight vigil.

On Sunday, CureFest includes both a festival and an organized Walk in which the childhood cancer community and the general public can stand together as one voice against childhood cancer.

The Opening Celebration begins at 10:00 a.m. and goes until 11:45 a.m.  This part of the program features speeches, dance tributes and vocal performances.

The CureFest walk begins at 12:00 p.m. The course is approximately 1 mile.

At 12:40 p.m. there will be recognition ceremonies for childhood cancer fighters, survivors, siblings and children who have passed away.

The Daughtry Acoustic Trio is the headliner and they will perform at 1:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Registration is free and is encouraged for event communication reasons.

CureFest will conclude at approximately 2:00 p.m.

CureFest 2019 Schedule of Events

Friday, September 20 – Monday, September 23