Our Patrons

World Child Cancer is fortunate to have a diverse and talented group of Patrons who act as ambassadors and financial supporters for our charity. They help to raise our profile, introduce us to new supporters and increase awareness of the work we do for families and children suffering from cancer. 

 Donna Karbach, Mary Walcher and Kathy Stewart, Ambassador Team
Donna Karbach, Mary Walcher and Kathy Stewart, Ambassador Team
Caitriona Balfe
Caitriona Balfe
DaVita
DaVita
Gill Thaxter
Gill Thaxter

These dedicated ladies from Northern California have formed The Outlander Charity Quilt Ambassador team. The three friends met through their local quilt guild where they all served in various board positions, organizing volunteers and events. As avid fans of the Outlander books and TV show, they were inspired by leading actress Caitriona Balfe’s patronage of World Child Cancer. Following the guild’s fundraising idea of “opportunity” quilts, Mary and Donna set about to raise money for WCC and Kathy soon joined in. Mary has designed and pieced quilts based on the theme of each season of the TV show. Donna then does the quilting, adding stitches that tie in with the theme. The team shows the quilt at Scottish Gatherings in California where the booth attracts attention with an eight foot “standing stone” (made by the three ladies), and life-size cutouts of Jamie and Claire which are immediately recognizable to the many Outlander fans in attendance. While fans are having their photo taken with these props, the team members tell them about the work World Child Cancer does and invites them to make a donation to the charity. The quilt will be gifted to one of the donors in December. This is their third year raising money for WCC – they raised $5,000 in 2016 and hope to exceed that total in 2017, adding several more events to their itinerary.

Whilst studying drama in Dublin, Caitriona was scouted by an agent and spent several years working as a model for top fashion brands. After returning to acting, Caitriona was quickly cast in a number of films including ESCAPE PLAN, JJ Abrams’ feature SUPER 8 and NOW YOU SEE ME alongside Woody Harrelson and Mark Ruffalo. Most recently, Caitriona co-starred in the feature film MONEY MONSTER with George Clooney and Julia Roberts, directed by Jodie Foster. Caitriona continues to star in the series leading role of Claire in the Starz hit television series OUTLANDER - a role for which she has won many awards and accolades.

The country you are born in should not be a deciding factor in your battle against cancer.  World Child Cancer works daily to give children in developing countries access to treatment and care and a fighting chance against this disease.  I am proud and honoured to be a patron of such a worthy charity. Please join me in helping in any way you can.

DaVita is committed to elevating the health and quality of life of patients around the world.

Gill became patron of World Child Cancer in 2008. Along with her husband, Geoff, she saw the immense need for improvement in care for children with cancer in developing countries after visiting Bangladesh. It was that visit which inspired Geoff to found World Child Cancer. You can read more about Geoff in the ‘Founder’ section of the website.

Over the past years, Gill has been immensely proud to watch the growth of the charity and is thrilled that so many children and their families, have been helped.

Gordon Morrison BEM Bsc
Gordon Morrison BEM Bsc
Grey Family Charitable Foundation
Grey Family Charitable Foundation
HealthONE Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children
HealthONE Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children
Lewis Greenwood Foundation
Lewis Greenwood Foundation

Gordon Obtained an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Edinburgh prior to joining the Family Construction business which was built up to become a UK wide and international construction, development and support services business.

Morrison Construction Group was sold in 2000 and Gordon transferred his attention to farming, property and charity work.

Gordon's charity work has spanned 20 years involving the creation of CLIC Sargent through a merger of two charities creating the largest childhood cancer support charity and more recently the development of a new charity, World Child Cancer, which continues to expand and grow.

Gordon is also a Governor and Vice Chairman of the University of Hertfordshire. The University is one of the largest employers in Hertfordshire with over 2,700 staff and a student community exceeding 25,300, including more than 2,800 international students from 100 different countries

Gordon was awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2015.  

Gordon is married with two grown up children and four grandchildren.

We are grateful to the Grey Family Charitable Foundation for their support. 

RMHC provides an excellent experience for kids and their families who are looking for continuity of care and the highest level of expertise at the bedside. While academic medical centers can provide excellent patient care, dealing with new and training physicians can be stressful on families. That’s why at RMHC, all our physicians are pediatric board-certified attending physicians who are experts in their field and have years of experience treating children.

Additionally, our Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit means not only does RHMC have a top-notch community of care, but we are housed in the some of the region’s best facilities.

We are grateful for the support of the Lewis Greenwood Foundation

Martha Escobar
Martha Escobar
Piper Jefferies
Piper Jefferies
Posner Center for International Development
Posner Center for International Development
Professor Tim Eden
Professor Tim Eden

We are grateful to Martha for her patronage. 

We are grateful for Piper Jefferies' support

The Posner Center convenes, connects and catalyzes the global development community to collaborate for greater impact.

Tim has held senior academic and clinical positions in Bristol, Edinburgh, London and Manchester where he was the Teenage Cancer Trust Professor of Teenage Oncology. He has chaired many national and international committees including as the President of SIOP (International Society of Paediatric Oncologists), Chair of UKCCSG (now CCLG UK) and the Medical Research Council Childhood Leukaemia Working Party. Tim’s interests include research into causation, incidence and survival of children and adolescents with cancer worldwide, equable delivery of care for all children worldwide and the provision of psycho-social support for all children and their families. He has published over 300 peer reviewed papers, editorials and book chapters on paediatric and adolescent haematology and oncology.

Tim retired in 2008 but remains very active in a number of organisations working in the field of childhood and teenage cancer in the UK and in developing countries. He continues as a Medical Advisor to the Teenage Cancer Trust in Scotland and is active on several committees in the UK. He was an invaluable Trustee to World Child Cancer since the inception of the charity, tirelessly providing advice on the strategic development of projects and using his extensive network of international contacts to develop effective and sustainable twinning partnerships.

Tim has been married for 46 years to Randi Forsgren who introduced him to his second beautiful home of Norway. He has a son and daughter and three grandchildren. In between his busy work and his family, he enjoys Scandinavian crime novels, walking, photography, gardening, history and politics. His biggest dream is to retire and complete his first novel, not as easy as the non-fiction he has written over the last 35 years!

Shrader Canada
Shrader Canada
Tim Smith
Tim Smith

Combining high-quality custom chemical products and extraordinary service for over 60 years.

Tim Smith helps clients achieve and maintain financial peace of mind – preserving the wealth they have created and building a legacy for future generations of family and business leaders.