In a recent interview with Great.com’s podcast series, ‘Great.com Talks With…’, Hugs for Brady Foundation’s co-founder and executive director, Sherrie Wells, introduced the foundation’s mission to relieve the financial burden from families with children suffering from pediatric cancer.
10 Years Making a Difference, 10 Years Making it Better
We are celebrating the Hugs for Brady Foundation’s 10th Anniversary! That’s 10 amazing years of helping children with pediatric cancer in countless ways. And none of it would have been possible without you—our generous and loyal supporters. This very special milestone reminds us why we started Hugs for Brady and motivates us to honor Brady’s name each and every year moving forward so that children battling cancer know there is hope. In honor of Hugs for Brady Foundation’s 10th Anniversary, take a look at some of the awesome achievements of our first ten years. Click the tabs to read more.
September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month – Every $1 is worth $2!
September 1 – 30 September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month and to help raise funds for pediatric cancer research as well as to provide direct help to pediatric cancer patients and their families, Hugs for Brady is hosting a 5K, a $5,000 fundraiser that is! Throughout the month of September via everydayhero, a peer-to-peer fundraising site, Hugs for Brady is working to raise $5,000 which will then be matched by an anonymous donor dollar for dollar donated, up to $5,000. That’s double the donations! Get motivated and help us raise much-needed funding that MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES… [Read More]
The Hugs for Brady Foundation Pediatric Cancer Research Lab at RCINJ
The Hugs for Brady Foundation was able to do something amazing this year, and it is all thanks to you. Hugs for Brady in partnership with the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey opened The Hugs for Brady Foundation Pediatric Cancer Research Lab at RCINJ. This is the institute’s FIRST lab devoted to its Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program. Dr. Peter Cole, who will run the new research lab, explains that one of the main goals of his laboratory research focuses on reducing the side effects of cancer therapy including a specific emphasis on neurotoxicity. Dr. Cole seeks to determine why side effects are more severe among… [Read More]
Hugs for Brady partners with New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital to provide sedation-free MRIs
Hugs for Brady partners with New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital to provide sedation-free MRIs to our youngest patients. The use of MRIs as a diagnostic and follow-up tool in children is prevalent; however, to ensure an accurate scan sedation or general anesthesia is typically used to obtain motion-free imaging. There are risks associated with the use of anesthesia and as such, this sedation-free MRI is truly an amazing development. The approach to these MRI scans is based on a patient-centered plan involving a certified child life specialist (CCLS), the patient and his or her family, and preparation sessions to… [Read More]
How a Child Could Qualify for Social Security Benefits With Cancer
If your child has been diagnosed with cancer, he or she might be eligible for disability benefits to help offset the costs of medical care or taking time off work. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers financial resources for people of all ages with serious illnesses or disabilities. Usually, childhood cancer will medically qualify. The most common reason children are denied benefits is due to household income. Technically Qualifying for Benefits Children under age 18 are only eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI benefits are awarded to people of all ages who have a dire financial need. This means… [Read More]
Oh my G.O.S.H. – Hugs for Brady goes Across the Pond!
At the beginning of September, the Hugs for Brady Foundation went international and visited the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London, England. While on vacation with her family, Sherrie took time to visit with this incredible pediatric hospital to learn about a ground-breaking new treatment (photo above is of Sherrie with Dr. Owen Williams, Reader in Cancer Biology at the ICH). “Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust is the country’s leading centre for treating sick children, with the widest range of specialists under one roof. With the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, they are the largest centre for paediatric… [Read More]
Where in the World is Hermann?
It’s contest time at Hugs for Brady! Here is how you can participate in our scavenger hunt, “WHERE IN THE WORLD IS HERMANN?” Whenever you see the Hugs for Brady Hermann Truck around town… Take a photo of it (please don’t use your phone while driving). Post it to Facebook. Include the hashtag #WhereIsHermann. You will be entered into a weekly drawing to win a Hugs for Brady sweatshirt or t-shirt! We will notify each week’s winner via Facebook and ask for your address. We will mail you your prize. Share Hugs for Brady with your friends and family so that… [Read More]
“Every Hug Helps” Challenge
“Every Hug Helps” is a social media-based charity challenge launching on October 19th, 2016. Mendoza Marble & Granite is sponsoring this challenge being organized by DoGooders. Mendoza has agreed to donate $2* to Hugs for Brady every time a person: Uploads a picture of a hug to social media. Then tags that photo with Hugs for Brady, Mendoza Marble & Granite, and DoGooders. The goal behind this campaign is to raise money, raise awareness, and to see if people will be willing to put in the minimum time investment possible to help a good cause, all at no cost to the… [Read More]
Hermann Trucking Does Their Part to Help Kids with Cancer
Story courtesy of TAPinto South Brunswick-Cranbury South Brunswick: Local Trucking Company Gives ‘Big Hug’ To Pediatric Cancer Charity SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Local trucking and distribution company, Hermann Services, cut the ribbon Wednesday on a trailer wrapped with the image of the late Brady Wells in order to raise awareness for the pediatric cancer foundation started in his honor. “Eight years ago, we started putting a lot more time and effort in supporting local charities,” Executive Vice President of Hermann Services Jeff Hermann said. “We talked (with the foundation) about outfitting one of our trailers and we immediately jumped on… [Read More]
Mendoza Marble & Granite is proud to partner with Hugging Heroes and the Hugs for Brady Foundation!
In an effort to generate more awareness of pediatric cancer, Mendoza Marble & Granite has created: MENDOZA’S HUGGING HEROES DONATION PROGRAM The program will run now through September 30th, 2016. Mendoza has pledged all proceeds throughout the duration of the program with a… GOAL OF $15,000! Your purchase at Mendoza will not only benefit you but also millions of children fighting cancer everyday. In summer of 2015, Mendoza co-owner and CFO, Lucas Olivera, along with 3 fellow entreprenuers, Daniel Reji, Michael Iavarone III, and Ian Bullard, created a unique campaign from a shared vision to bring awareness to pediatric cancer, Hugging Heroes. … [Read More]
Hugs for Brady Featured on CureToday.com
Hugs for Brady was recently featured on CureToday.com in an article and video about how the foundation is making a big impact on childhood cancer while many other oncology foundations and the government tend to fund adult cancers over pediatric cancers. “I don’t think people understand that what a child goes through with cancer is exactly the same as what an adult goes through, except that they have less information and they are probably a lot more scared, even if they don’t always show it,” says Wells. “We knew nothing about foundations or what to do,… [Read More]