CKc Names New Executive Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 15, 2021
Contact: Valerie Solomon
Cannonball Kids’ cancer Foundation Announces New Executive Director Dana Nichols
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando-based non-profit Cannonball Kids’ cancer Foundation (CKc) announced today that after an extensive national search, the board of directors has chosen CKc’s next executive director, Dana Nichols.
Nichols currently serves as development director for Orlando-based theater company Orlando Shakes. Prior to Orlando Shakes, Nichols directed communications/marketing at the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, and operations at Kids House of Seminole.
“Dana’s extensive background in nonprofit management as well as her breadth of knowledge in fundraising make her a great fit for CKc at this point in our growth,” said Bruce Parker, vice-chair of the CKc board of directors. “Dana’s leadership will enable CKc to reach its ambitious goals for supporting pediatric cancer research.”
“I’m thrilled to be joining a team that has such a deep and profound impact on pediatric cancer research,” said Nichols. “I always knew my career was on a path toward executive leadership but I have been patiently searching for a good fit in both mission and culture. I’m happy to say I’ve found it. I have admired CKc for many years and am eager to get started and make strides in our work.”
“We couldn’t be happier that Dana will be joining CKc’s mission,” stated interim executive director Val Solomon. “Her nonprofit experience will be an asset as we enhance our national footprint and deepen our impact in the pediatric cancer research space.”
Nichols’ start date is October 25, 2021.
About Cannonball Kids’ cancer Foundation:
Cannonball Kids’ cancer Foundation’s mission is to fund innovative and accessible research for children fighting cancer to provide better treatments and quality of life, and to educate for change. Their rigorous, relationship-based, invite-only grants process ensures that 92% of CKc-funded trials are first-of-their-kind in the US. To date, CKc has awarded $2.4 million funding 24 research grants creating 593 options for treatment for children in 25 states, DC, Canada, Scotland, and Switzerland.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: The “c” in cancer in the name Cannonball Kids’ cancer Foundation is intentionally lowercase to give the word “cancer” an inferior status.]