In Loving Memory of our Youth Members

About Kate P.

Kate's Smile Touched Our Hearts

We are deeply saddened to share the passing of our youth member, Kate Palermo, from KIDS Illinois at Lurie Children's Hospital. Kate passed while surrounded by loving family, on Thursday, November 22nd, 2018.  Kate joined KIDS Illinois in 2015 and, was selected for the 2016 and 2017 iCAN Research & Advocacy Summits held in Barcelona, Spain and Orlando, Florida.  Kate held a special place in our hearts as she worked throughout the U.S. with Eli Lilly and many other organizations that supported research and advocacy for childhood cancer.  Kate was attending her dream school, the University of Michigan, which is also the location of KIDS Michigan.  Our hearts go out to Kate's family and all that were fortunate to know her.  Kate brought not only a strong voice to support pediatric healthcare, but also, a delightful sense of humor in dealing with her own healthcare needs.  We will always remember and miss Kate and are grateful for the friendship and the time that we spent with her through iCAN Research.  

The winner of the Kate P. Video Essay Scholarship is:


2019 Winner- Kalee Polk, KIDS Georgia

2019 Runner Up:  Nicole Mendez-Villarubia

     "My colleague, Tracy Scull, and I have been working with iCAN since 2016 as we have developed an educational website to educate kids and teens about clinical trials (called DigiKnowIt News). We were very fortunate to meet Kate at the 2017 iCAN Summit. She and her mom kindly agreed to be interviewed as part of our website’s Spotlight videos to share their experiences being part of clinical trials.

           Tracy and I recently learned from iCAN the heartbreaking news that Kate had passed away. We are so grateful that we had the opportunity to meet Kate at the Summit and capture her eloquent and thoughtful insights and experiences in our interviews. Kate was very kind and patient and we learned so much from her that day! She is featured in many videos on our website: We strongly believe that Kate will continue to make a big impact on the lives of kids and teens who might need help making a decision to participate in a clinical trial."


Alison Parker and Tracy Scull

innovation Research & Training

2018 Felix Scholarship with Olivia Ohmer

Felix JT

Felix, a special and brave young person

Felix was an iCAN Youth Member from the inception, joining his fellow youth members at the first iCAN Research & Annual Summit held in Washington, D.C. in 2015.  After the first Summit, Felix was instrumental in each following year and helped to bring the Summit to his hometown of Barcelona, Spain, in 2016. Along with his global work, Felix was the former president of KIDS Barcelona and helped within many committees and groups throughout iCAN Research.  His passion, energy, and love of helping others lives on through his legacy.  By sharing the opportunity to earn a scholarship through the Felix Junquera-Tajeda Scholarship, Felix continues to encourage his family and friends to be advocates and fighters against rare pediatric cancers and other chronic diseases.  In memory of Felix, iCAN Leadership created a youth scholarship in his name to be awarded yearly to one recipient based a number of criteria, including an essay.  Details to be provided each spring.