When a child is diagnosed, the family is diagnosed.

The mission of the Anna Schindler Foundation is to support families fighting childhood cancer in the Inland Northwest and raise awareness of this disease.

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Due to our personal experience of having a child with cancer we understand these families face loss of income and family displacement for weeks, months, sometimes years. There is increased financial need and stress due to child’s illness and treatment. The Anna Schindler Foundation works to advocate for these families during their crisis.


Family Support

We assist every family that has a child diagnosed in the area. Each family receives meal cards while inpatient at the hospital. We endeavor to defray travel, grocery, medical, living and even burial expenses that is incurred because of a sick child.  Our goal is to lighten the load for every childhood cancer family. 



Anna’s Homes

It is a dream of the Anna Schindler Foundation also to provide temporary housing, Anna’s Homes, for pediatric oncology families who are from outlying areas but must stay in the area for treatment.



43 children are diagnosed with cancer daily.  Cancer is the most common cause of death by disease for children in America. In 2014, 75 families heard the words “Your child has cancer.” in the Inland Northwest.  As a community we can be aware and make a difference. 

Anna and flowers

Anna Schindler

Anna Schindler was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma (liver cancer) on January 27, 2010. She underwent chemotherapy, and on May 5 skilled surgeons removed 70% of her liver that contained a large tumor. Pathology reports came back that Anna had hepatoblastoma and yolk sac cancer. 1 in 1 million children suffer from hepatoblastoma – even rarer is a child with both.

Continue Anna’s story on her CaringBridge website.

IRONMAN for Anna

In 2014, Dr. Tom deTar raised close to $27,000 for the Anna Schindler Foundation in his successful bid to complete the 2014 IRONMAN CDA. He blew past all expectations and his dedication and charity have already helped the Foundation carry out its mission of supporting kids with cancer.

In 2015, nine athletes competed in the Ironman for Anna race, June 28th, raising over $31,000 for childhood cancer families. 

In 2016, we have several athletes doing both IM 70.3 and IM 140.6 events, follow and support them at: https://www.crowdrise.com/annaschindlerfoundation2016.

Thank you, Athletes!  If you wish to be and Ironman for Anna more details are here.

Jun 26th – Half IRONMAN for Anna, Coeur d’Alene

Aug 21st – Full IRONMAN for Anna, Coeur d’Alene

Sep 10th – 6th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament

Upcoming Events


This year, athletes will be competing in 2 different IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene events: Both the 1/2 and full versions of the event.

The half IRONMAN is June 26th, 2016.

The full IRONMAN is August 21st, 2016.

If you’re interested in helping the Anna Schindler Foundation – either as an IRONMAN athlete or a volunteer for the event (we need lots of help), please contact the foundation.

Golf Tournament

Mark your calendars for the 6th annual Anna Schindler Memorial Golf Tournament: 

Sept 10th, 2016.

More details coming soon.