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Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation


Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation supports families living in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties that have a child with cancer by providing financial, educational, and emotional support.
We support the entire family when their child has cancer.
​Our programs allow parents to focus on what matters most, their child’s well-being, during one of the most difficult times of their child’s young life.

Begin to Build a Relationship

We know you care about where your money goes and how it is used. Connect with this organization’s leadership in order to begin to build this important relationship. Your email will be sent directly to this organization’s Director of Development and/or Executive Director.

Giving Back

After 30+ years working in the Aerospace industry, I just released my first children’s book, Dragons on the Purple Moon. Our son survived brain cancer in 2017 and I wanted to give back. After moving to Santa Barbara, I looked for an organization aligning with my vision of bringing joy and happiness to children with cancer. Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation was an excellent choice – they provide financial, emotional, and educational support that is extremely important for families during this time.
– Peter Martin

Helping Families Now, Forever

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation serves more than 800 individuals every year. Incredibly, they do this with a budget of $1.2 million. In 2021, TBCF will step up outreach to hospitals so they can help even more families.
Teddy Bear needs your help. You can sponsor a family for $5,000, provide relapse or funeral funds for a family for $2,500, or pay for tutoring for a child for $1,000. TBCF is completely funded through the generosity of community members, and any amount helps.
And if you believe, as we do, that TBCF needs to be serving the region for years to come, visit its planned giving page – www.tbcflegacy.org – and consider a bequest

Board of Directors

J. Paul Gignac, Board Chair
Nathan Rogers, Vice Chair
David Edelman, Treasurer
Carolyn Shepard Baham,Secretary
Rich Schuette, Immediate Past Board Chair
Adam Black
Tyler Dobson
Joe Ferreira
Matthew Fish
Tom Fisher
Jamie Hansen
Sheela Hunt
Rebecca Koch
Tony Vallejo
Maria Wilson