Our Founders

Our Founders

Family is at our core. In 2001, Sophie and her Packer Collegiate classmates founded Kids Walk to raise money for pediatric cancer research. At the time, Sophie's brother, Simon, was finishing treatment for stage IV neuroblastoma at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK).

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Inspired by his successful outcome, Sophie and her friends vowed to make a difference on behalf of other kids with cancer.

Together, they organized an event they called the “Packer Walk for Pediatric Cancer.” Exceeding all expectations, the students raised over $35,000 for MSK, and the idea of an annual walk to raise money and awareness was born.

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Brooklyn to Central Park

In 2002, Sophie and her friends expanded the event by inviting six other schools to participate. What began as an 8th grade homeroom project evolved and was renamed "Kids Walk for Kids with Cancer." In 2003, Kids Walk relocated from Brooklyn to Central Park, where the event has been held ever since. Motivated by Sophie and Simon's passion, others have followed in their footsteps, creating new school and family teams.

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Kids Helping Kids

Kids Walk continues to grow and attract more students, families, and supporters each year. And with our new name, “Kids Walk for MSK Kids,” we’re reinforcing our collective dedication to supporting MSK Kids and its groundbreaking pediatric cancer research. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $7 million, with over $4 million raised in the last four years. This money helps fund research that’s leading to more effective, less toxic treatments for children with cancer—all while proving that kids can make a difference!