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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February/March Madness for the Brian Morden Foundation

  • The Penn State Altoona community donated more than 1500 items for
    Brian Bags and Baskets at their February 17th home volleyball and basketball games.
    A HUGE thank you to all!!
  • At the March 9th Basket Bingo Benefit, many more items for Brian Bags and Baskets were collected. (Brian Bags and Baskets are given to pediatric oncology patients at the four Children’s Hospitals in Pennsylvania …
    Pittsburgh, Hershey, Janet Weis, and Philadelphia during every major holiday.)

  • The Blair County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees filled Easter Eggs with riddles, jokes, candy, and coins, which will be delivered to the hospitals and our local BMF children with cancer for Easter.

The March BMF CARES Spotlight*
is 8 year old Kimmie Klein!

March's BMF CARES spotlight is Kimmie Klein, age 8, daughter of Steve Klein and the late Shannon Grove Klein.  Kimmie is now a 6-year cancer survivor! The BMF CARES Spotlight program will donate $1000 to the Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital Foundation
in honor of Kimmie.

*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.

The first BMF CARES Spotlight was Addison Zearfaus, daughter of Mark and Jessica Zearfaus. Addison was diagnosed with ALL in May 2016 at the age of 7.  The Brian Morden Foundation donated $1000 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in her honor.

Timothy Boyles was February's BMF CARES Spotlight. Diagnosed with stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in June 2006, Timothy is now a 10 year survivor! Timothy requested that $500 be donated to Pittsburgh Children's Hospital Hematology/Oncology Child Life department and $500 to the Brian Morden Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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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Brian Morden Memorial Scholarship - 2018
Applications available!

For our college students: Support for College Students with Cancer

2017 Scholarship Award Winners
Congratulations to Kyle Siskron and CJ Mason

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 2016
and others who have generously given
so that we will be able to award
additional scholarships this year.

Erin Dodson Memorial Scholarship
Congratulations to Mykenah Lynn Massar

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February 15, 2017 - 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

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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BMF 2016 Collage

November/December Holiday Newsletter

August 2016 Newsletter

Happy New Year 2016 Newsletter

BMF Newsletter - Season's Greetings 2015

October's Newsletter 2015

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Happy 34th 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 1/26/18