Donate today to support RCINJ! Help Hugs for Brady support much-needed pediatric cancer research at RCINJ Hello again friends,It has been too long since we’ve seen your smiling faces. The past two years have been a struggle for so many. Hugs for Brady has felt the struggle, too. We know in many ways the world has changed, and while that may be true, consider this: Cancer hasn’t stopped. It hasn’t gone away. Cancer is still taking the lives of far too many children.In 2018, Hugs for Brady partnered with the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey to open The Hugs for Brady Foundation Pediatric… [Read More]
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]
Kids with cancer have a new fight on their hands
Dear Friends, Together, we have done great work! Your past support has enabled the Hugs for Brady Foundation to do so many good things for kids and families such as: Funding special projects such as sedation-free MRIs at NYP/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and seeking more effective treatments Read More Shipping Brady Buggy® Wagons to hospitals across the country, to help ease the trauma of chemotherapy and bring a little joy to toddlers with cancer Read More Providing computers, TVs, video games, crafts, and a lot more to hospitals Read More Supporting life-saving blood drives Read More Kids with… [Read More]
A Letter from a Sick Child’s Mother
Letters like this one from Zion’s mom, Sara, inspire us. What may seem impossible for families like theirs, you make possible. It’s an exciting time for the Hugs for Brady Foundation. We had a record-setting year from the opening of New Jersey’s first pediatric cancer research lab at Rutgers Cancer Institute, to receiving a grant that allowed us to deliver Brady Buggy® wagons nationwide. It is all thanks to the generous gifts from donors like you. As we celebrate our successes, we also see the devastating reminders of why we need to keep fighting. In August we marked what would have been… [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 the Cancer Moonshot Could Cure Rare Cancers
The idea of a Cancer Moonshot was first suggested by Vice President Joe Biden in October 2015, in conjunction with his announcement that he would not be seeking to run for president. Amidst his address about the way that America should go in the future, he included his idea, saying, “I believe we need a moonshot in this country to cure cancer. It’s personal, but I know we can do this.” He went on to discuss how he and President Obama were working hard to increase funding for a massive effort to find a cure for cancer. A few months… [Read More]