About Us

Metzgar Family

Shane’s Future Days is a 501(c)(3) volunteer non-profit foundation whose mission to raise awareness, research funds and assist families currently battling alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma and other high risk childhood cancers. We are located in the Philadelphia area. Currently, our research funds will be allocated to the Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute (http://www.cc-tdi.org).

Other funds will be distributed based on need to families affected by high risk childhood cancers and for advocacy events that support pediatric cancer research.

Shane’s Future Days was founded by Paul and Michele Metzgar in memory of their son Shane Joseph Metzgar. Shane was diagnosed with stage 4 Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma at 8 months old. He fought for one year and two days until he passed away at 19 months old on March 30, 2015.

Every year 350 children are diagnosed with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. The funding for this type of cancer is extremely low due to the rarity of cases. In general, the funding for pediatric cancer is less than 4% from the U.S. government’s cancer fund. Without a voice, nothing will change. Shane’s voice will be heard.


Help make sure that Shane’s voice is heard.