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The Brian Morden Foundation was created to honor Brian, a courageous 19 year old, who battled Ewing's Sarcoma for more than two years. He lost the battle on February 15, 2003, but his family, friends, and many others who only knew Brian by reputation have vowed to continue the fight against this horrible disease.

The foundation has three goals:

  • Fund Ewing's Sarcoma and childhood cancer research.
  • Support patients, family, and staff of pediatric oncology units*
  • Provide funding for "Brian Morden Memorial" higher education scholarships

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Holiday Events

  • December 2nd 4:30 – 7:30 – Shop for a Cause
    Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries Administrative Office
    998 Logan Blvd, Altoona, PA
  • December 10th 1-5 PM – Christmas Open House for BMF Friends
    The Kennedy Family’s Home
    415 5th Ave., Altoona, PA
  • December 16th 6-8 PM – Second Annual Wine & Carols Night
    to benefit the BMF this year
    Brookmere Wine Bar, Altoona, PA

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Thanks to all involved in this year's
National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month activities!

Go for the Gold competitionAASD elementary and secondary schools sold gold ribbons to wear during September and especially on Gold Ribbon Day – Friday, 9/9/2016. A number of schools also were very creative and had other fundraisers to benefit the BMF and our kids with cancer. Total raised by the AASD was $4900.70. This will help defray transportation costs for more than 20 local children for 10 months OR $2000 of that could help fund a week of research through our charity partner, Alex's Lemonade Stand. (The BMF donated $25,000 to Dr. Bushweller on 2/15/16 in collaboration with ALSF's grant of $200,000.)

BMF Team for Alex’s Million Mile – Run.Walk.Ride – The BMF partnered with Alex’s Lemonade Stand to raise awareness of childhood cancer during the month of September. To find a cure for childhood cancer, we joined thousands going the distance – running, walking or biking one million miles. That’s a long way, but a parent of a child with cancer would go that far (and then some) to find a cure. With the help of some incredible people, WE DID IT - Alex's Million Mile teams surpassed 1,000,000 miles this year! Thank you to all the individuals, families, survivors, Bellwood-Antis Middle School students, Pleasant Valley and Ebner Elementary School students who helped the Brian Morden Foundation team run, walk, and/or ride more than 10,000 miles to help AMM reach their goal!

 Bob Evans - The Altoona Bob Evans helped to make a huge difference for our kids
 with cancer during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. They donated 15% of sales during week-nights in September.

Gold Ribbon Games - Were very successful in helping raise awareness of the need to do more in the fight against childhood cancer.

  • September 2, 2016, 7 PM - AAHS vs. Norwin - Mansion Park Stadium, Altoona, PA - also our kick-off event for the Brian Morden Foundation's team of Alex's Million Mile - Run.Walk.Ride
  • September 9, 2016, 7 PM - AAHS vs. Butler - Mansion Park Stadium, Altoona, PA - Gold Ribbon Game for the Brian Morden Foundation honoring children with cancer. Three of our local survivors will be honorary captains
  • September 16, 2016 - BAHS vs. Everett - Blue Devil Stadium, Bellwood, PA - Gold Ribbon Game with the Brian Morden Foundation honoring Madison Shura and other children with cancer
  • September 30, 2016 - HAHS vs. McDowell - Tiger Stadium, Hollidaysburg, PA - Sideline Cancer game for the Griffith Family Foundation. The Brian Morden Foundation will also be present to help honor children with cancer.

Alex's Lemonade Stands - The Brian Morden Foundation and Alex's Lemonade Stand are now Charity Partners, collaborating on funding childhood cancer research. Lemonade was purchase at our stands on 9/2 (AAHS football game) and 9/9 (AAHS football game). Total raised was $333, which was sent to ALSF for childhood cancer research.

Be a Superhero! - Help give children with cancer HOPE. Purchase a BMF “SuperIssy” t-shirt and support the fight against childhood cancer. Wear your t-shirt during September and beyond! Contact dbjmorden@brianmordenfoundation.org to ord

Contact dbjmorden@brianmordenfoundation.org for more information about any of these initiatives.

Gold Ribbon Day
Friday, September 9, 2016

Please wear a gold ribbon to show your support for
children with cancer, their families, and caregivers.

Join the BMF for the Gold Ribbon Game (also Alumni Band day)
Altoona Area High School vs. Butler
at Mansion Park
Pre-game at 6:40 PM
Honorary Captains were:

Emma Auker, Gage Carnicella, and Illana Cecilia
(Zhane Settlemyer was unable to make it.)

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Make A Difference Day
Saturday, October 22, 2016

9-11 AM at Duncansville Evangelical Church, Duncansville, PA
Please join us in making Brian Bags/Baskets for local children with cancer
as well as the four Children's Hospitals at which they are being treated:
Pittsburgh Children's Hospital, Janet Weis at Geisinger,
Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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The Brian Morden Foundation and Alex's Lemonade Stand
Team Up to Fund Childhood Cancer Research

February 15, 2016
13 years after Brian passed away from Ewing’s Sarcoma, cancer has not won the battle. Brian’s legacy continues through the lives of many others. The Brian Morden Foundation is excited and grateful to be able to announce a partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
Initially, we will be helping to fund a promising research study by John Bushweller, PhD, of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Cancer WILL NOT win.

For more information, please see the press release.

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Brian Morden Memorial Scholarship

Thanks Grammy and PopPop for your yearly birthday gift to Brian
and the BMF, ensuring that we will be able to award
a Brian Morden Memorial Scholarship.

Thank you to those who organized and participated
in the Erin Dodson Scholarship Fund Basket Raffle in October 2015
and others who have generously given
so that we will be able to award
additional scholarships this year.

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August 2016 Newsletter

Happy New Year 2016 Newsletter

BMF Newsletter - Season's Greetings 2015

October's Newsletter 2015

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Happy 32nd Birthday, Brian
Brian in 1984
January 10, 1984



Please sign our guestbook to help us celebrate his life.

Free Guestbook from Bravenet

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YOU can make a difference
in the lives of the innocent children and families
who have to suffer with this horrendous disease.

Some suggestions from the Brian Morden Foundation:
  • Send cards to children with cancer. Contact the BMF for addresses.
  • Donate to the Brian Morden Foundation through our website.
    You will be helping to fight back against childhood cancer.
  • Adopt "Issy" to send to a childhood cancer patient, give to a loved one, or keep for yourself.

  • Help Issy spread the word about the need for childhood cancer research!
  • Support the BMF through the purchase of an ornament or other merchandise
  • Attend any upcoming BMF event!

Please see our National Childhood Cancer Awareness page to find out more.

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*Brian was lovingly cared for at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, the initial focus of the second BMF goal. We still plan to contribute in important ways to the oncology unit there, however, we have expanded our outreach with Brian Baskets and "Issy" bears, sending them to other pediatric cancer patients especially to those in the Altoona Area, Janet Weis Children's Hospital in Geisinger, Penn State Children's Hospital in Hershey, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where some of our area children are being treated. We have also tried to brighten up the day for some children from the Ewing's Sarcoma list serv. If you know a child with cancer who could use a "pick-me-up," please contact us at fdj@brianmordenfoundation.org. We hope to be able to help as many pediatric oncology patients as possible.

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Contact The Brian Morden Foundation at dbjmorden@brianmordenfoundation.org

last updated 10/14/16