WHO WE ARE
The Brooke Healey Foundation builds awareness and raises funds for research Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG); helps families dealing with pediatric cancers, especially brain cancers and DIPG; fosters community relationships and promotes involvement through scholarships awarded to civically active students.
The Foundation exists in honor of 5-year-old Brooke Healey, daughter of Steve and Stefani, who was diagnosed with DIPG, an inoperable, very aggressive tumor in the middle of the brain stem (the Pons), on January 14, 2013. She passed away on September 9, 2013.
During the eight months of Brooke’s brave fight against DIPG, she never complained and continued to bring smiles to everyone with her larger than life personality. Her battle inspired people from all over the world who came together in support of Brooke, the Healey family and each other.
THERE IS NO CURE. The survival rate is 0%.
In fact, pediatric brain tumors in general have a survival rate of less than 20%.
Pediatric cancer only receives 4 pennies for every dollar donated to cancer research. Research in DIPG is greatly underfunded. Families facing DIPG have very few resources or options.
We will change both of these facts. We will help find a cure for DIPG.
Until then, we will help make life just a little easier for those dealing with the disease.
The Foundation is an all-volunteer, 501c3 non-profit governed by a Board of Trustees who are supported by various committee leaders and volunteers. See board members.
DIPG IS A TYPE OF TUMOR THAT ONLY AFFECTS CHILDREN.
CARING 'TIL IT'S CURED!
AWARDS & DESIGNATIONS
2018 Organization of the Year
2018 New Jersey State Governor's Jefferson Award Winner – Founders/Innovators
Your donations go directly to help families dealing with pediatric cancer and supporting targeted research. Experts in the field believe that finding a cure for DIPG may lead to a cure for all cancers.