Kids Kicking Cancer South Africa

Kids Kicking Cancer, a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, began in 1999 with ten children at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Kids Kicking Cancer is a global organization dedicated to lowering the pain of children through the teaching of martial arts as a therapy. Children learn breath work, meditation and traditional karate movements that empower them to teach others and thus gain purpose within their lives. Our young cancer patients teach other children with challenging illness and even adults how to breathe in the light and blow out the darkness.

Journey to the Heroes Circle

Kids Kicking Cancer expanded from servicing only pediatric cancer patients, into the creation of a Heroes Circle program dedicated to lowering the pain of all children, regardless of pediatric disease. We are now empowering over 7,000 children in 90 hospitals and program locations in 7 countries.


Kids Kicking Cancer was created in 1999 by Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg, a black belt rabbi and clinical assistant professor of pediatrics. Rabbi G lost his first child to leukemia at the age of two and brings a wealth of personal experience and sensitivity to dealing with children and families facing life-threatening illness.

This program, which began with a handful of children at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, now teaches over 7,000 children in 90 hospitals and program locations in 7 countries.

The most unique and powerful element of the model is that each child becomes a teacher to others. Kids Kicking Cancer’s mantra is Power Peace Purpose. When asked what is your purpose? The children yell out, “To teach the world.”

Kids Kicking Cancer also has a “black-belt” program for patients who are not responding to treatments. This end of life care program provides ongoing meditation and family focus in a palliative format that culminates in the child receiving a black-belt in a public ceremony, usually a few days before he or she dies. Embroidered on the black-belt are the words “Master Teacher” because that child is truly teaching the world how to use the power of light to break through darkness.

Rabbi Goldberg is an awardee of the Robert Wood Johnson, Community Health Leaders Award in Washington D.C., known as the United States’ highest award in community public health. He has been honored as a Hero in People Magazine, CNN Top Ten Heroes, and the Ford Motor Company’s Heroes Gallery, amongst the many media stories featuring the work of Kids Kicking Cancer.

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  1. Cape Town:

  • Maitland Cottage – Children’s Orthopaedic Hospital
  • Choc House
  • Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Cape Town
  • Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town
  • Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town

East London:

  • Frere Hospital

Johannesberg (Gauteng Province):

  • Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH)
  • Dr George Mukhari Hospital
  • Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (Joburg Gen)
  • Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg (Soweto)
  • Steve Biko Academic Hospital (Pretoria/Tshwane)
  • Netcare Unitas Hospital (Centurion)
  • Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre

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