Our Story . . .
The Hugs for Brady Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children battling childhood cancers. Sherrie and Michael Wells started the Hugs for Brady Foundation2010 shortly after their 13-month-old son, Brady Michael, was diagnosed with Non-Differentiated Acute Leukemia, a very rare form of leukemia. In 2010, Brady passed away at 23 months old, after he had bravely battled the disease for ten months. Every day the foundation honors Brady by carrying on his name in support of others who are fighting the same battle.
Our Mission, Our Vision
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The mission of the Hugs for Brady Foundation is to raise awareness and money for childhood cancers and to support children battling cancer in any and every way possible. Hugs for Brady strives to encourage others to become donors for blood, platelets, and bone marrow, to provide resources to hospitals and cancer institutions to enhance the lives of pediatric cancer patients, and to fund research to find a cure for childhood cancer.
Hugs for Brady recognizes the needs of families with sick children, and works to ease the burdens that accompany illness and treatment. Physical, emotional, and familial well-being are so crucial for families battling cancer, and so it is part of the Hugs for Brady mission to help families defray the costs of cancer treatment for their children, offer outings and entertainment that provide opportunities for fun and normalcy, and provide a network of support in an incredibly trying time.
The Hugs for Brady Foundation’s accomplishments include:
• New computers, TV’s, furniture, and video games for children’s oncology units
• Donating custom-designed Brady Buggy wagons that provide safe transport of pediatric oncology patients
• Money to support new technologies such as a pediatric “mock” MRI machine and video goggles to provide sedation-free procedures at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian
• Contributing to state-of-the-art research at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey aimed at helping the youngest cancer patients by utilizing ‘precision medicine’ which targets genomic mutations in the cancer thereby personalizing cancer treatments
Our Hope . . .
Childhood cancer research is vastly underfunded, even though childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the U.S., and every year an estimated 250,000+ new cases of cancer will affect children under the age of 20 worldwide. The Hugs for Brady Foundation wants to change those numbers and to bring much-needed attention and focus to pediatric cancer funding and research. The ultimate ambition is to find a cure to eradicate pediatric cancer. In the meantime, each and every day, Hugs for Brady is making a difference in the world of pediatric cancer.
Helping Kids with Cancer, One Hug at a Time…