About Conquering Kids Cancer

About Us

tay-bandz is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of and funding for pediatric cancer research. CKC – originally known as tay-bandz – was founded by Taylor Matthews who was diagnosed with cancer at age 11. While fighting her own battle, Taylor never stopped looking for ways to bring attention to this sorely underfunded health crisis.

CKC funds innovative research and treatments that can reach sick children immediately, improve outcomes, and reduce the long-term survivorship side effects associated with pediatric cancer.

Taylor lost her battle when she was 16 years old. CKC honors Taylor’s memory and continues her fight to stop the tragic loss of life from this merciless disease. Poor funding, insufficient research and development, and miles of bureaucratic red tape have all stood in the way of treating kids quickly and successfully.

We will never stop pushing the boundaries of conventional therapies, dated public policy, and the logjams that keep good drugs in the lab and out of the clinic.

Our Mission

Conquering Kidz Cancer is dedicated to raising awareness and funding pediatric cancer research. We fund cutting-edge, innovative research that reaches sick children now. It is our mission that children with cancer will live long, healthy, and productive lives.

Board of Directors

  • Sue Matthews

    Co-Founder and President

    Sue is the proud mother of Taylor, who founded tay-bandz (Conquering Kidz Cancer), and her two sisters, Ryan and Corey. She is actively involved in advocating for children with cancer and in helping families waging the toughest imaginable battles. While Taylor succumbed to cancer…

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  • Bob Matthews

    Executive Vice President

    Bob is Taylor’s Dad and he experienced firsthand the reality that treatments for pediatric cancer have been moderately successful at best. During Taylor’s illness, Bob researched treatment plans throughout the United States and Europe. He spoke to doctors all over the world…

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  • Susan Wolfert

    Vice President

    Susan is a freelance writer, editor, and journalist who joined the tay-bandz / Conquering Kidz Cancer family following years of covering Taylor’s journey for her local newspaper in Westchester. Susan has written news and feature articles for Barron’s, Westchester Magazine…

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  • Beata Bak Mione

    Board Member

    Beata is a special events coordinator and an active fundraiser who has volunteered for Conquering Kidz Cancer since its beginning in 2003. Working closely with Taylor, with whom she had a very close personal relationship, Beata has been a spirited force in all foundation endeavors.

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  • Donna Vitale

    Board Member

    Donna holds a B.A. in political science from Amherst College and a Masters Degree in health advocacy from Sarah Lawrence College. Her areas of advocacy include mental health care, youth aging out of foster care, and health care for underserved populations. Donna has conducted…

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  • Nate Weber

    Board Member

    Nate is a Partner at the law firm of Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt. His practice focuses on intellectual property matters, particularly in the area of medical and surgical devices.

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