Many people believe there are angels among us.
For some, that phrase was made popular by the American country music band Alabama in the early 1990’s, but there are also dozens of scriptural examples of angelic encounters.

The Brian Morden Foundation was created to help other children and families battling cancer after Brian and his family experienced an incredible number of earthly angels appearing to help during Brian’s fight with Ewing’s sarcoma. During his memorial service, an “Angels Among Us”  video played, which showed many of the wonderful people who touched the lives of Brian and his family.

You have the opportunity this Christmas to be an angel to one or more of our Brian Morden Foundation children. These children are either currently battling cancer or have battled cancer with the hope that it will never return.

You may choose a specific child and one or more of their wishes to grant. Gift the amount of the wish(es) and the Brian Morden Foundation will make sure that our BMF kid receives their wish along with your Christmas greeting.

OR choose to gift the amount needed for Christmas Brian Baskets, gas or gift cards and allow the BMF to use your gift as needed for our children this Christmas.

Thank YOU for being an angel! <3

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 CHRISTMAS BRIAN BASKET

Most of our children have to travel for treatment, so a care package filled with snacks for on the road and/or while they and their parents stay at the hospital would be very much appreciated.

We’ll do the shopping for our BMF kids’ favorite snacks including: Fresh Fruit, chocolate (of course), nuts, popcorn, chips, crackers, and various cookie favorites like: Chocolate Chip cookies, Oreos, and Sugar.

SOLD OUT! THANK YOU!

GAS CARDS

The Brian Morden Foundation provides monthly gas cards to those who travel for treatment and/or checkups. This monthly total ranges from $400 – $1500 depending on how many children have to travel, how often, and how far (we currently have a family traveling to Cleveland and others have traveled to Hershey, Danville, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and even to Georgia).

($25, $50, $100) – endless supply needed

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GIFT CARDS

Sometimes it’s hard to know how to help, but gift cards are always appreciated. This may include gift cards for restaurants, pizza, and stores (here in Altoona and online). Some of our Brian Morden Foundation Favorites include: Pizza Hut, Papa Johns, McDonald’s, Domino’s, Olive Garden, Target, Boscov’s, Walmart, and Michaels.

($10 or $25) – 50 needed for either amount

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ADDIE

Addie was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma of her right eye in the fall of 2019. She was just 3 years old. She was treated at UPMC Children’s and CHOP. We thank God that she is now in remission!

If you’d like help put a smile on Addie’s face for Christmas, consider granting some of her wishes:

? Brian Basket filled with favorite snacks ($20)

Board Games ($20)

Art supplies ($20)

Crafts/things to make ($20)

Restaurant gift card for McDonald’s, Chick-Fil-A, or   Burger King ($25)

Donation to a childhood cancer related organization in Addie’s honor ($25, $50, or $100)

LIAM

Liam was diagnosed with ALL in July 2018, shortly before his 4th birthday. He is currently in remission, but has seen more than his share of tough times.

If you’d like to help provide some gifts for Liam and his family for Christmas, his 2020 wish list includes:

Gift basket filled with candy and cookies  ($20)

Crafts/things to make ($20)

Gift card for Domino’s and/or Burger King ($20)

Gift card for Walmart and/or Amazon ($25)

 Gas card for Sheetz ($25)

iTunes gift card ($15)

Xbox or fortnite gift card ($45)

Special gift for Liam’s parents ($25)

KAYLEE

Kaylee is an amazing young girl with an infectious smile! She will celebrate her 11th birthday on 12/23. Kaylee was diagnosed with medulloblastoma (a malignant brain tumor) on May 8, 2018. Sadly, Kaylee relapsed on 11/18/20 but in August 2020, doctors felt that Kaylee had beat relapsed medulloblastoma! Her mom Melissa posted, “Brain is NED, spine is stable and spinal fluid is negative!!! We are praising God for this!!!”

On December 2, 2020, her mom had to share the devastating news after an MRI, “We did not get the results we hoped there is cancer cells coating the brain and the spine. Will update when you know more. We are still continuing to trust God with developing our next steps. This fight is not over. We will keep fighting.” 

Kaylee’s 2020 wish list includes:

Hershey Chocolate ($10)

Hubba Bubba gum ($5)

Gift card for Walmart and/or Target ($25)

Gas cards for travel to and from Philadelphia ($25)

Spongebob switch game ($30)

Lights on the Lake Unlimited Visits ($45)

Hallmark itty bittys (Kaylee collects them) ($30)

Crafts and “stuff to do” ($25)

Disney Plush Doll Princess and the Frog ($30)

Donation to CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) in Kaylee’s honor – any amount would be appreciated

Gift card for Kaylee’s mom ($25, $50)

For Kaylee’s sister – lol dolls ($25)

BROOKLYN

Brooklyn was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma on 9/30/19, shortly after her third birthday. She  currently travels to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital once a week for treatment and also has daily chemo at home.

If you’d like to help provide some gifts for Brooklyn for Christmas, her 2020 wish list includes:

Gift basket filled with her favorite snacks  ($20)

Preschool learning books ($20)

Disney movies ($15)

 Something cuddly ($10)

Bath toys and bubble bath ($20)

Arts and craft supplies ($20)

Gift card for Panera ($20)

Gift card for Walmart/Amazon/5 Below ($25)

 Gas card for Sheetz ($25)

A superhero toy for her 2 year old brother ($15)

Special gift for Brooklyn’s parents ($25)

Tickets for Living Treasures Wild Animal Park (Donegal, PA)

Donation to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital in Brooklyn’s honor ($25, $50, or $100)

Donation to Ronald McDonald House in Brooklyn’s honor ($25, $50, or $100)

JADEN

Jaden is a sophomore at Tussey Mountain High School. He is in the Vo-Tech program and a member of the golf team. In April, Jaden was diagnosed with B cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia and admitted to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. He is at home now, but he has weekly chemotherapy in Pittsburgh and takes chemo pills at home as well.

Jaden is a positive kid and is doing his best to meet the challenges of his diagnosis.

If you’d like help put a smile on his face for Christmas, consider granting some of his wishes:

 Brian Basket filled with favorite snacks ($20)

Gift card for video games ($50)

A watch ($50)

Soft blanket ($25)

Restaurant gift card for his parents ($50)

Donation to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital in Jaden’s honor ($25, $50, or $100)

AVA

Ava was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in September 2018, shortly after her fifth birthday. She heard the fabulous news that she was cancer free in July 2019; however, her cancer returned in August 2020.

Ava and her parents travel to the Cleveland Clinic at least once a month now for treatment. She mentioned very few wishes on her “wish list,” but we’re sure that she would appreciate whatever surprises might come her way.

Marshmallows ($5)

Movies ($20)

Video Games ($60)

Gift card for McDonald’s or Chick-Fil-A ($25)

 Gas card for Martin’s ($50)

ADDISON

Addison is another one of our BMF kids who has been challenged with a recurrence of her cancer. She was initially diagnosed with high risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) on May 16, 2016. Her cancer returned in 2019 and she had a bone marrow transplant last year on December 10, 2019. She had to remain in Pittsburgh until March 2020 for continued monitoring and treatment.

 Thank God Addison is currently in remission and only has to travel to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh once a month at this point. Her 2020 wish list includes:

Brian Basket filled with Addison’s favorite snacks ($20)

Books (sci-fi and/or scary) ($20)

Gift card for H&M, Hollister, and/or Hot Topic ($25)

Gift card for the family at Applebee’s or Front St. Deli (Hollidaysburg) ($50)

DVD of Matilda ($30)

Roblox gift card ($25)

Amazon gift card ($25)

Donation to Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital in Addison’s honor – any amount would be appreciated

Donation to Brian Morden Memorial Scholarship Fund

KATELYNN

KateLynn was diagnosed with eye cancer in December 2005 shortly after she was born. She has been cancer free for many years, thank heavens, but still travels to Philadelphia every 6 months for check-ups.

If you’d like to help provide some gifts for KateLynn and her family for Christmas, her 2020 wish list includes:

Chocolate  ($10)

Restaurant Gift card ($25)

Books ($25)

Something cuddly ($10)

Blanket ($15)

Art supplies ($20)

 Gift card for Gas ($25)

Gift card for iTunes ($25)

A superhero toy for her 2 year old brother ($15)

Special gift for KateLynn’s parents ($25)

Special gift for KateLynn’s brother ($15)

NOAH

Noah was diagnosed with leukemia on October 25, 2016 at the age of thirteen. Despite many challenges, we thank God that he is now in remission. Noah and his family have actually had more than their share of challenges – one of his sister’s children (Noah’s nephew) was also diagnosed with cancer. But they are a resilient, courageous family and  are grateful for the blessings they have been given.

If you’d like to help bless Noah this Christmas, consider granting one of his wishes:

Music (Noah loves vinyl!) ($50)

Gift card for video games ($50)

 

RYDER

Amazingly, Ryder has survived cancer, a heart transplant, and brain surgery! He was initially diagnosed with AML Leukemia in June 2007, at the age of one and a half. Despite all of his medical challenges, Ryder has a great smile and enjoys many of the same activities that other teenagers do.

If you’d like to help him continue smiling this Christmas, please consider granting some of his wishes:

Brian Basket filled with Ryder’s favorite snacks ($20)

Books ($15)

Movies ($25)

Music (records and/or CDs) ($25)

Baseball Cards ($15)

Video Games ($60)

 Anything Harry Potter ($25)

Art supplies ($20)

Zumiez clothing ($30)

Gift card for Texas Roadhouse ($25)

 Gas card for Martin’s or Sheetz ($50)

Donation to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital in Ryder’s honor (any amount)

ALEXIS

Alexis was diagnosed with ALL on 12/4/2009. Thank God she is in remission, enjoying being a teenager. If you’d like to help provide some gifts for Alexis for Christmas, her 2020 wish list includes:

Chocolate ($15)

Gift card for Aeropostle ($25)

GABBY

Gabby was diagnosed with ALL in May 2015 and struggled to overcome many challenges during her treatment, but Thank God she is now cancer free. She travels to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital twice a year for scans and check-ups. If you’d like to help provide some gifts for Gabby for Christmas, her 2020 wish list includes:

Chocolate ($5)

Books ($10)

Board Games ($15)

Something cuddly ($10)

Arts and craft supplies ($20)

Gift card for Chuckie Cheese ($20)

Gift card for Target ($25)

Gift card for Boscov’s ($25)

ABIGAIL

Almost 9 years ago, shortly after her 6th birthday, Abigail was diagnosed with Wilms tumor (1/19/12). We thank God that she is now in remission and is in Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital survivorship program. If you’d like to help provide some gifts for Abigail and her family for Christmas, her 2020 wish list includes:

Gum ($5)

Jewelry chain ($15)

Cuddly blanket ($15)

Arts and craft supplies ($20)

Gift card for Panera Bread ($20)

 Gas card for Martin’s ($25)

Anything Pittsburgh Pirates for her brother ($15)

Donation to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital in Abigail’s honor ($25, $50, or $100)

COLTON

2020 has been a year of challenges for everyone, but especially for 10 year old Colton and his family after they learned of his diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) on 1/8/2020. Fortunately, Colton is now in remission. He travels to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital every three months for  scans and check-ups. Colton’s 2020 wish list includes several things, so if you’d like to help provide some of them for Christmas, take a look:

Sour Patch Kids ($5)

Comic Books ($20)

Video Games ($60)

Board Games ($20)

Arts and craft supplies ($20)

Gift card for Pizza Hut, Best Way or Mama Randazzos ($20)

Gift card for Walmart ($25)

Gift card for iTunes, Xbox or Playstation ($25)

Donation to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital in Colton’s honor ($25, $50, or $100)

Donation to Brian Morden Memorial Scholarship Fund in Colton’s honor ($25, $50, or $100)

HARPER

Harper was diagnosed with AML in January 2019 at the age of 2, but, thank heavens she is now in remission. She travels to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital every three months for scans and check-ups. Since she loves all of her doctors and nurses we’re sure she checks in with them, too. If you’d like to help provide some gifts for Harper and her family for Christmas, her 2020 wish list includes:

Doritos ($5)

Disney Books ($15)

Arts and craft supplies ($25)

 Gas cards for Martin’s ($25)

 Snowglobe for her sister ($25)

TIMOTHY

Timothy is one of our amazing superheroes who has been cancer free for 13 years. Timothy was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in June 2006 and was treated at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. He recently graduated from the Altoona Area High School

Timothy has always been very involved with helping the Brian Morden Foundation even when he needed help himself. His wish list is not very extensive; he has only asked for gifts for others. However, since his favorite sports team is the Dodgers and he loves playing cards, board games, video games, and taking trips to visit his aunt, I think we’ll be able to come up with some other surprises for him. : )

 Donation to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital in Timothy’s honor ($25, $50, or $100)

Donation to a Scholarship Fund in Timothy’s honor ($25, $50, or $100)

WYATT

2020 has also challenged Wyatt and his family. About 4 months before his 14th birthday, Wyatt was diagnosed with AML. He had a stem cell transplant on August 10th and spent more than 70 days at a hotel (required to stay within 30 minutes of the hospital for the first several months) because the Ronald McDonald house was not available.

Wyatt came home on October 23th and is still currently in treatment. He travels to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital every week. If you’d like to help provide some gifts for Wyatt and his family for Christmas, his 2020 wish list includes:

 Books ($15)

Video and Computer Games ($100)

Gift card for Denny’s or Hoss’s ($25)

 Gas card for Sheetz ($25)

Gift card for Walmart ($25)

Donation to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital in Wyatt’s honor ($25, $50, or $100)

Donation to a scholarship fund in memory of Heather Miller ($25, $50, or $100)

Gift to help cover the costs for the Pittsburgh Hotel ($25, $50, or $100)

 Special gift for Wyatt’s mom ($25)

REBECCA

Rebecca was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in March 2019 at the age of 14. She is currently in remission after begin treated at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and in Philadelphia with radiation.

Scans and checkups occur every 3 months and we all continue to hope and pray that her cancer will never return.

Rebecca loves to draw, bike, and play with her dog. If you’d like to help make her Christmas a bit merrier, please consider helping to provide any of these items from her wish list.

Paint markers ($15)

Erasable pens ($15)

Gift card for Panera Bread and/or Chipotle ($25)

Gift card for J.C. Penny, Amazon, and/or Hollister’s ($25)

Christmas Brian Basket filled with snacks

Lotion ($15)

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To send your gift by mail, please send your check to:

Brian Morden Foundation
2809 Columbia Drive
Altoona, PA 16602

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