About Natalie’s A.R.T. Foundation

We may have lost our little girl to Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), but we recognize that Natalie’s story is part of a bigger one. We don’t want brain cancer to steal any more childhoods. Natalie’s kind and courageous spirit leads the way as we do our part in making a difference in the Kansas City area.

As a partner of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation (GKCCF), we’ve established a donor-advised fund allowing tax-deductible donations to support our mission.

Steve and Ashley Fleischaker


Our mission is to raise awareness, fund research and improve the treatment experience for those affected by DIPG and other pediatric brain cancers.

That means we’re dedicated to spreading information about DIPG and ongoing research. We also host events to raise money to fund that research. Finally, we support other organizations’ efforts to improve treatment methods and ease the experience for everyone affected by childhood brain cancer.

Ultimately, we hope to find a cure for DIPG.


Natalie taught us more than we could’ve ever expected. Get to know the girl
whose courage and childlike wonder inspired us to form this foundation.

Natalie with her friend
Natalie's hand


Since the 196Os, there has been little progress in treating the deadliest form
of pediatric brain cancer. But there are reasons to have hope for the future.