About BMF page


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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Make a Difference Day
October 25, 2014

First Evangelical Lutheran Church
Altoona, PA
9-11 AM


Join the BMF
Come in costume if you DARE!!
We'll be creating Halloween treat bags and taping costumed
superheroes, ghosts, witches, and more sharing jokes and riddles

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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 will be selling gold ribbons to wear during September and especially on Gold Ribbon Day – Friday, 9/26/2014.
You can also get your own gold ribbons for your family, business, or organization from friends and Board Members of the Brian Morden Foundation or email fdj@brianmordenfoundation.org

BMF Team for Alex’s Million Mile – Run.Walk.Ride – The BMF is partnering with Alex’s Lemonade Stand to raise awareness of childhood cancer during the month of September. To find a cure for childhood cancer, we’re joining 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. All you need to do is log the number of miles you walk, run or bike during the month of September. Email us at fdj@brianmordenfoundation.org OR join our team at http://www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/1118068

Whip Childhood Cancer – Take the challenge and give to the Brian Morden Foundation - http://www.whippingchildhoodcancer.com/#challenge

Art Cheers – Create artwork to be displayed at Mansion Park on Friday, September 26, 2014, and then sent to cancer patients at Children’s Hospitals in Pittsburgh, Hershey, Danville, and Philadelphia. For more information contact fdj@brianmordenfoundation.org

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

Gold Ribbon Day
Friday, September 26, 2014

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

Join the BMF at the Altoona Area High School football at Mansion Park
Pre-game at 6:40 PM
"Art Cheers"will be hanging around the fence
The Gold Ribbon Competition winning schools will be announced during halftime!

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Make A Difference Day
Saturday, October 25, 2014

9-11 AM at First Lutheran Evangelical Church, Altoona, 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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Happy 30th 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 fdj@brianmordenfoundation.org

last updated 9/1/14