I am super excited that we have made our first donation out of our Hope Fund to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute DIPG crowdfunding project. The Hope Fund is a place where you can donate when you don’t have a specific research project to support, but you know that you want your entire donation to go to a researcher directly. We used Giving Tuesday this year to seed The Hope Fund, and thanks to your generosity, raised over $5,000 to get it started. So this $1,557 donation out of The Hope Fund gets Dr. Filbin to $30,000 raised, making this our largest crowdfunding project to date.
And while it is with great joy that I write out this award check, it is impossible not to reflect on all of the beautiful souls that have been lost from this horrific disease. To see how the stories of these little ones motivate others to give in their memory is absolutely inspiring to me. The legacy of love that each of these families is creating in the depths of their pain is incredible. So we push forward and work feverishly to find answers with the hope that we can honor the lives of these amazing children by preventing other families from experiencing this pain.