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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My husband Kris and myself would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you have done to help our family, our little guy Kellan, was diagnosed in July with ALL. From that first day we have received so much love and support, we can’t thank you enough.

– Kellan’s family

We are so thankful for you and your foundation. You have helped us greatly in our darkest hours. We are grateful for the support and the pizza coupons!

-Lane’s family

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June 30, 2019: IRONMAN for Anna 70.3 Coeur d’Alene
Sept 14th, 2019: 9th Annual Anna Schindler Memorial Golf Tournament




Upcoming Events


Please join us for the 9th annual Anna Schindler Memorial Golf Tournament. Shotgun start at 12:30pm on Sept 14th.

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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 started as a dream of the Anna Schindler Foundation to provide temporary housing, Anna’s Homes, for pediatric oncology families who are from outlying areas but must stay in Spokane for treatment. With the help of the community, Anna’s Homes has become a reality and provides out-of-town childhood cancer families with a “home away from home” during their treatment at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. See the journey here.


In the United States, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer daily. Cancer remains to be the number one cause for death by disease in America. In 2017, 44 families heard the words “your child has cancer” in the Inland Northwest. As a community, it is our duty to be aware of this epidemic and make a difference.

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.

Since then, 36 athletes have competed in Ironman for Anna, raising close to $80,000 to support childhood cancer families in the Inland Northwest. Will you join us next year? Contact us to learn how to get involved!