Our mission is to find the cure for Childhood Cancer.

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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Some disturbing facts about childhood cancer (from CureSearch.org, ALSF, and/or Candlelighters.org):

  • Every day, approximately 250 kids around the world die from cancer.
  • In the US, cancer is the #1 disease killer of children, cutting short the lives of more children under the age of 20 than any other disease.
  • Every school day, 46 young people, or two classrooms of students, are diagnosed with cancer in this country. More than 12,500 children are diagnosed with cancer each year and over 40,000 children and adolescents are currently being treated.
  • The incidence of childhood cancer has increased every year over the past 25 years.
  • The federal government’s budget for childhood cancer research is only about 4% of all cancer research funding.
  • The potential years of life lost to childhood cancer and the potential years of life saved by treatment exceed all other cancers with the exception of breast cancer.
  • Childhood cancer is not related to lifestyle choices as it is for many adult cancers. There are no screening tests for most childhood cancers.
  • There are at least 16 different types of childhood cancer including ALL, ALM, Ewing’s Sarcoma, Brain Tumors, & Lymphomas.
  • Most children cannot be treated at a local hospital; families must face the disruption of traveling for treatment.
  • Some signs of childhood cancer are:

    Continued, unexplained weight loss
    Headaches, often with vomiting, at night or early morning
    Increased swelling or persistent pain in bones, joints, back, or legs
    Lump or mass, especially in abdomen, neck, chest, pelvis, or armpits
    Development of excessive bruising, bleeding, or rash

    Constant infections
    A whitish color behind the pupil
    Nausea which persists or vomiting without nausea
    Constant tiredness or noticeable paleness
    Eye or vision changes which occur suddenly and persist
    Recurrent fevers of unknown origin

    Approximately one in 330 children will be diagnosed with cancer by age 19. Although it is unlikely that your child will develop cancer, as a parent, you need to be aware of the symptoms of childhood cancer. Observe your child for any sudden, persistent changes in health or behavior as listed above. Since most of the symptoms of cancer can also be attributed to benign conditions, the diagnosis of cancer can be a long process. You must trust your own instinct and work as a team with your doctor, using your knowledge of your child and your doctor’s knowledge of medicine to protect your child’s health.

    Congratulations to our 2021 National Scholarship Winners!

    Giancarlo Cusimano

    Alexandra Hagan

    Michael Scott

    Mary Thies

    Bryce Williams

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    Researchers Report Progress in their Projects

    In January 2020, the Brian Morden Foundation presented a $35,000 check to Kelly Bailey, MD, PhD. Dr. Bailey is a physician scientist at the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. This donation was made possible because of the success of “Keira’s Dream … a concert to benefit the Brian Morden Foundation,” which was held in December 2019. Dr. Bailey’s clinical and research focus is on the adolescent bone tumor Ewing sarcoma, the type of cancer that took Brian Morden’s life. The goal of Dr. Bailey’s work is to discover more effective treatment combinations for patients with metastatic or relapsed Ewing sarcoma. Currently, Dr. Bailey is preparing two manuscripts for publication to share her findings and to collaborate with others in the field. For more information, please see this summary.

    In addition, The Brian Morden Foundation continues their partnership with Philadelphia based Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) in the fight against childhood cancer.

    In September 2019, during National Childhood Cancer Month, the BMF was thrilled to be able to present a check to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to co-fund two projects.  The year 2019 was significant for both Brian Morden Foundation’s co-founder/president Dawn Morden and vice-president Barbara Piper. Their sons (Brian Morden and Tim Piper), both born in 1984, would have been 35 in January and April respectively had their lives not been cut short by cancer. The Brian Morden Foundation Board of Directors chose to honor and remember Brian and Tim in a meaningful way using donor funds that were designated for research. The $35,000 donation was symbolic of the 35th birthdays Brian and Tim should have been celebrating.

    Dr. Ferrando and Dr. Mullighan, partners in the “Crazy 8 Initiative” representing Columbia University and St. Jude Children’s Hospital, recently sent a brief project update regarding platform development for target identification in high risk pediatric leukemias.

    Dr. Javed Khan, M.D. from the National Institute of Health and a participant in the ALSF’s “Crazy 8 Initiative,” submitted a final report summary about his project “Targeting Fusion-Driven Sarcomas.” Dr. Khan anticipates the publication of information and data regarding this project and plans to continue to the next phase of his work.

    The Brian Morden Foundation looks forward to supporting these and other future promising research projects, several of which will be funded due to the generosity of a recent donation made in memory of Fred and Patricia Young. In addition to research, the Young donation enabled the BMF to provide gas cards to help with transportation costs to our local children and families battling childhood cancer. Easter for Eli baskets and filled Easter eggs provided by the Blair County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees were delivered along with the gas cards and Fourth of July Brian Bags.

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    Congratulations to our 2021 Brian Morden Foundation Scholarship and Award Winners!

    Brian Morden Memorial Scholarships

    Seth Brunnhuber
    Sophie Auker in memory of Emma Auker
    Colten Allison in memory of Heather Miller

    National Winners

    Giancarlo Cusimano
    Alexandra Hagan
    Michael Scott
    Mary Thies
    Bryce Williams



    Erin Dodson Memorial Scholarship

    Isabella Frank


    Brian Morden Foundation
    Survivor Award

    Cameron Pittman

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    Brian Morden Foundation
    2809 Columbia Drive
    Altoona, PA 16602

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