Tatum Parker Project Story | Indianapolis, Indiana

Our Story

The Tatum Parker Project story begins in 2006, when Tatum was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma – a rare bone cancer – for the first time.


TPP Overview

After being diagnosed when she was just six years old, Tatum began a year-long battle with Ewing’s sarcoma. She underwent three major surgeries and 13 rounds of chemotherapy to beat her cancer, but unfortunately, she had a relapse in December 2008. Tatum bravely fought cancer for another year, and now, she’s been cancer-free since September 2009!

Through the Tatum Parker Project’s major initiatives, Tatum and her family continue to stand up and fight against pediatric cancer, and bring hope and positivity to patients across the state of Indiana.


The Tatum Parker Project has two major initiatives that fight against pediatric cancer in their own unique ways: Bags of Fun and the Maddy Justice Keep on Shining Fund.

Bags of Fun

The Bags of Fun program assembles and delivers toy- and activity-filled backpacks to every pediatric cancer patient in Indiana.

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Maddy Justice Keep on Shining Fund

The Maddy Justice Keep on Shining Fund raises awareness of pediatric cancer and funds for pediatric cancer research.

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Check out the impact pediatric cancer has on kids in Indiana – and how the Tatum Parker Project is helping.

Childhood Cancer in the US

Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the U.S.. The average age of a child diagnosed with cancer is 6. For a full 80% of kids with cancer, the cancer has already spread to other areas of the body by the time it is diagnosed. And most tragically, one in five children diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. will not survive.

Children with Cancer in Indiana

There were 378 children diagnosed with cancer in Indiana in 2016. On average nearly 350 Indiana children are diagnosed with a form of cancer annually.

Bags Delivered

Each year we deliver approximately 350 Bags of Fun to Hoosier children battling cancer. That's 30 Bags of Fun per month. Since 2008 we have delivered nearly 3,000 Bags of Fun.

Get Involved

Learn ways to help the Tatum Parker Project advance our mission.


Make a donation to the Tatum Parker Project.


Find out about the annual White Party and other events.