Since its inception in 2010, the Brandon's Goal Foundation has supported innovative research for childhood cancer, patient services, family support, and raising awareness about the harsh realities and injustice of childchood cancer. This includes imploring the US government to spend more than just 4% of its entire cancer research budget on unique issues specific to childhood cancers. Our children deserve more than 4%.
Brandon’s Goal was to beat his cancer and to help all kids do the same. We honor his memory by making his goal our own. Read Brandon's story
Children free of cancer, everywhere.
To change the course of childhood cancer, through:
- Increased research for preventing, treating and curing childhood cancer.
- Increased federal attention and research funds (our children deserve more than 4%)
- Increased awareness of the unacceptable, shocking fact that cancer is the leading unpreventable cause of death in children.
- Support to children and their families thrust into the world of childhood cancer.
1. Results Focus: To stay strongly focused on generating results, to help honor all of the children who have passed away or continue to suffer the effects of childhood cancer.
2. Empowered Kids: To educate and share the spirit of giving with children. Many of our fundraisers are about kids, organized by kids and helped run by kids.
3. Share the Spirit of Giving: To inspire and share the effect of selfless giving and participation with people of all ages.
4. Make it Easy: To make it easy for people, businesses and other organizations to get involved at any level, from the simple act of joining and sharing BGF to becoming a major donor or corporate sponsor.
5. Voices of Experience: To share what we have learned as parents, caregivers, and lay medical interpreters.
6. Operational Efficiency: To harness the power of technology and other innovation to increase our outreach while keeping operational costs low.
The Harsh Reality of Childhood Cancer
To understand why the Brandon's Goal Foundation is so critical, it's important to know that more children die from childhood cancer each year than any other disease. It is shocking that the #2 killer of children behind accidents is childhood cancer.
It is also important to know that childhood cancer research is almost completely funded through private funds. The National Cancer Institute spends less than 4% of its budget on research for childhood cancers. The National Institutes of Health spends less than 1%. That is why it is so critical for childhood cancer foundations to exist and raise funds.
What about giving to worthy institutions such as St. Jude's and Children's Hospitals? Their received donations go to many things. But since childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease each year for children, we also ask you to include Brandon's Goal Foundation in your charity-giving. Our funds go exclusively to research and services for childhood cancer.
It is also important to know facts such as:
- Childhood cancer is on the rise: the incidence of invasive cancers in children has increased 29% in the last 20 years.
- Only 1 cancer drug specifically for children has been initially approved by the FDA in the past 20 years.
Learn more on our Fast Facts page.
Who We Support & How We Are Making a Difference
When you Donate to the Brandon's Goal Foundation, or shop at our non-profit Finding Treasures Thrift & Antique Store, you can rest assured that you are supporting things that will really make a difference for kids with cancer. Our operational overhead is extremely low, and we have demonstrated our commitment to this cause for many years.
Here are the 3 categories of support we provide - Research, Patient Service / Family Support, and Awareness.
Most research specific to the unique issues of childhood cancer is privately funded. This is because the US government allocates less than 4% of its cancer research budget on child-specific cancers and issues. Most of the research funds that we raise go to the world-renowned Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center / Dr. Jim Olson's lab. This lab works on childhood cancers to help find better treatments, and someday, a cure.
- In 2010, Brandon's brain tissue was donated to Dr. Jim Olson's lab.
- We have given funds that directly impact research. We received the following from Dr. Jim Olson's Lab at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center - regarding one of the many donations we've made to them:
"In contrast to many types of childhood cancer, where cure rates have climbed from less than 10% to more than 70%, childhood brain cancer remains very difficult to treat. A major barrier to improved therapeutics is the lack of good laboratory models to help us understand brain tumor biology and assess candidate therapies.
With previous funds from Brandon's Goal - and with tissue donations from Brandon and other children - we have established a world class cutting edge research program in which we generate personalized mouse models and tumor stem cell cultures from each patient. The stem cell cultures are used to screen all of the FDA approved drugs and those that look promising are evaluated in the brain tumors of mice that were generated from the patient. Using this approach, we are already identifying approved drugs that have potential to help children with brain cancer.
The project is currently funded solely through donations and the costs associated with this program are high. A gift of $25,000 from Brandon's Goal could literally be the key to identifying effective therapies that are already in our toolbox."
2. Patient Services / Family Support
Finding out your child has cancer is incredibly frightening and overwhelming. We help families who are scared or in need that directly seek our support, as well as children's hospitals and pediatric hospices. Here are a few examples of families and organizations that we've helped support since 2010:
- Direct to Families Meet the Kids
- Children's Hospital Seattle
- Providence Hospisce
- Camp Korey
Everyone knows the sad fact that kids get cancer, but many people are not aware of the harsh realities and injustice in funding research for unique childhood cancer issues. Frankly, people don't like to think about it much. But we want to change that. There are several easy, empowering ways that anyone at any age can help out, including the simple act of Liking our Facebook page, subscribing to our newsletter, or sporting Gold Ribbon gear. More sharing and awareness turns into more funds to researchers, families in need and supporting organizations.