About BMF page

The Brian Morden Foundation was created to honor Brian, a courageous 19 year old, who battled Ewing's Sarcoma for more than two years. He lost the battle on February 15, 2003, but his family, friends, and many others who only knew Brian by reputation have vowed to continue the fight against this horrible disease.

The foundation has three goals:

  • Fund Ewing's Sarcoma and childhood cancer research.
  • Support patients, family, and staff of pediatric oncology units*
  • Provide funding for "Brian Morden Memorial" higher education scholarships

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The Brian Morden Foundation and countless others are mourning the death of yet another “BMF kid.” Amelia M. Sharer lived on this earth for only 4 years, but she touched many people's lives with her happiness, courage, and smile. She will be missed immeasurably.


Amelia M. Sharer

June 1, 2014 - March 13, 2019

Amelia M. Sharer, 4, Hollidaysburg, passed away peacefully Wednesday at her home after a brief battle with cancer. 

She was born in Harrisburg, daughter of Adam and Angela (Bristol) Sharer.

Surviving are her parents; a brother, Anderson; her maternal grandparents: Andy and Dawn Bristol; her paternal grandparents: Glenn and Barb Sharer; and several aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Brenda Gould.

Amelia attended Little Sproutz Early Learning Center. She enjoyed swimming, bath bombs, rainbows and butterflies.

A celebration of Amelia’s life will be held on April 6, 2019, at 2 PM. Amelia’s family is extending an invitation to anyone who feels that Amelia has touched their lives. All they ask is that attendees wear BRIGHT colors to honor Amelia’s love of rainbows  

Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., Duncans­ville.

Contributions may be made in Amelia’s memory to The Brian Morden Foundation,
1330 11th Ave., Altoona, PA 16601.


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Upcoming Event:
April 13, 2019 – 7 PM


Tyler Robinson is a senior at Altoona Area High School. He had a fantastic idea for his senior project - a charity alumni basketball game from which all proceeds and donations will go to the Brian Morden Foundation. 


Please attend to see current Altoona students play the Alumni of Altoona including players like Doug West and Vince Nedimyer. You’ll also be supporting a very worthy cause! 


What: Alumni vs. Student basketball game benefitting the Brian Morden Foundation.

When: April 13th, 2019 at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30)

Where: The Altoona High School Field House

Who: Everyone is welcome. Former NBA basketball player and Altoona Alumni, Doug West takes on Tyler Robinson and other students. 

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Brian Morden Memorial Scholarships - 2019
Applications available now - postmark by 3/17/19

Thanks Grammy (and PopPop) for your yearly birthday gift to Brian
and the BMF, ensuring that we will be able to award
a Brian Morden Memorial Scholarship. 

Thank you to those who organized and participated
in the Erin Dodson Scholarship Fund Basket Raffle in September 2018
and others who have generously given
so that we will be able to award
Erin Dodson's Memorial Scholarship again this year.

For our college students: Support for College Students with Cancer

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Brian’s and Tim’s Big 35th Birthday Bash for BMF kids
was a huge success.
Thank you to all who helped make it so!

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January's BMF CARES Spotlight*
Brian Morden

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*At our annual board meeting on Brian's birthday (1/10/18),
the BMF Board created BMF CARES Spotlight, a program that hopes to shine a light on our
Children with Cancer, Raise Awareness, and Provide Funds for Research, Education, and Support for children with cancer and their families.

Each month a local child with cancer will be in the spotlight. The Brian Morden Foundation will provide information about that child as well as the type of childhood cancer with which they were diagnosed. Families may suggest an organization or individual researcher to whom they’d like the BMF to send a $1000 donation in honor of their child for the purpose of research or support to children with cancer and their families.

You can find more information about our children at the BMF CARES Spotlight page.

For more information or to donate to the Brian Morden Foundation, please contact Dawn Morden, president of the BMF at dbjmorden@brianmordenfoundation.org or 814-946-9369. Contributions may also be made at the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation or here on the BMF website at http://brianmordenfoundation.org/support.html.

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February 15, 2019 - Sixteen years later, still remembering Brian, his life,
and those he loved who continue to support local children with cancer,
  pediatric oncology units at PA Children's Hospitals, award higher education scholarships, 
and fund promising research studies through
The Brian Morden Foundation.

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The Brian Morden Foundation and Alex's Lemonade Stand
Team Up to Fund Childhood Cancer Research 

March 14, 2019
 The Brian Morden Foundation Board has agreed to fund another study to be determined in the near future!


February 15, 2016
13 years after Brian passed away from Ewing’s Sarcoma, cancer has not won the battle. Brian’s legacy continues through the lives of many others. The Brian Morden Foundation is excited and grateful to be able to announce a partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
Initially, we will be helping to fund a promising research study by John Bushweller, PhD, of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Cancer WILL NOT win.

For more information, please see the press release.

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Happy 35th Birthday, Brian
Brian in 1984
January 10, 1984


Please sign our guestbook to help us celebrate his life.

Free Guestbook from Bravenet

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YOU can make a difference
in the lives of the innocent children and families
who have to suffer with this horrendous disease.

Some suggestions from the Brian Morden Foundation:
  • Send cards to children with cancer. Contact the BMF for addresses.
  • Donate to the Brian Morden Foundation through our website.
    You will be helping to fight back against childhood cancer.
  • Adopt "Issy" to send to a childhood cancer patient, give to a loved one, or keep for yourself.

  • Help Issy spread the word about the need for childhood cancer research!
  • Support the BMF through the purchase of an ornament or other merchandise
  • Attend any upcoming BMF event!

Please see our National Childhood Cancer Awareness page to find out more.

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*Brian was lovingly cared for at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, the initial focus of the second BMF goal. We still plan to contribute in important ways to the oncology unit there, however, we have expanded our outreach with Brian Baskets and "Issy" bears, sending them to other pediatric cancer patients especially to those in the Altoona Area, Janet Weis Children's Hospital in Geisinger, Penn State Children's Hospital in Hershey, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where some of our area children are being treated. We have also tried to brighten up the day for some children from the Ewing's Sarcoma list serv. If you know a child with cancer who could use a "pick-me-up," please contact us at fdj@brianmordenfoundation.org. We hope to be able to help as many pediatric oncology patients as possible.

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Contact The Brian Morden Foundation at dbjmorden@brianmordenfoundation.org

last updated 3/15/19