BMF CARES Spotlight
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The Brian Morden Foundation is proud to announce the Brian Morden Foundation CARES Spotlight. At their annual board meeting on January 10, 2018, the BMF Board created this program that hopes to shine a light on their 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 kind 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.

February's BMF CARES spotlight is Timothy Boyles, age 17, son of Leah and Sean Boyles.  On June 4, 2006, Timothy was diagnosed with stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He underwent 13 months of chemotherapy before having a bone marrow transplant (that came from cord blood from an anonymous donor) on August 7, 2007. Timothy is now a 10-year cancer survivor! The BMF CARES Spotlight program will donate $500 to the Brian Morden Memorial Scholarship Fund and $500 to Child Life at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital in honor of Timothy.
Our first child in the spotlight was Addison Zearfaus, daughter of Mark and Jessica Zearfaus. Addison was diagnosed with ALL in May 2016 at the age of 7. Her birthday is January 26th. The Brian Morden Foundation donated $1000 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in her honor.

For more information about Addison, click here.

For more information about the BMF CARES Spotlight or to donate to the Brian Morden Foundation, please contact Dawn Morden, president of the BMF at Contributions may also be made here or at the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation.

2018 BMF CARES Spotlight Recipients:

January 2018 - Addison Zearfaus
February 2018 - Timothy Boyles
March 2018 - Kimmie Klein

April 2018 - Illana Cecilia
May 2018 - Isaac Bennett
June 2018 - Dominick DeVecchis
July 2018 -  Samantha Brantner

August 2018 - Gabby Colegrove
September 2018 - YOU and all children who battle cancer
October 2018 - Alexis Kensinger
November 2018 - Isaiah Barnes

December 2018 - our BMF kids

Important additional Information in the Spotlight:

February 2018 - Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is cancer that originates in your lymphatic system, the disease-fighting network spread throughout your body. In non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, tumors develop from lymphocytes — a type of white blood cell.
For more, see information from the Mayo Clinic.

January 2018 - Leukemia

The most common type of childhood cancer is leukemia, a cancer of the blood. Leukemia begins in the bone marrow, the spongy substance inside our bones where blood cells are made.

Other childhood cancers include lymphoma (blood cancer that begins in the lymph glands) and solid tumors (abnormal clumps of tissue). Solid tumors may occur throughout the body, such as in the brain, kidney, muscle or bone. 


The causes of childhood cancer are largely unknown. Childhood cancer can occur suddenly, with no early symptoms, and might get detected during a physical exam.

“If you notice something unusual in your child—unexplained symptoms, not growing properly, belly distended, blood in urine—take your child to the doctor,” says Dr. Nita Seibel, a pediatric oncologist at NIH. If the doctor suspects cancer, a series of tests will help identify the type of cancer, where it’s located and whether it has spread to other parts of the body.


Cancers in children can be different from adult cancers. When you’re researching the diagnosis, be sure you’re looking at how that cancer affects children. Often, the outcomes may be better for children than for adults with the same type of cancer.

For instance, Seibel says, childhood tumors tend to respond better to treatment than do tumors in adults. Cancer cells tend to grow very swiftly in the types of tumors seen in children. So therapies can be selected to interrupt this rapid growth.


Children with leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or certain solid tumors tend to have a good outcome.


For more information about leukemia, see or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


Last updated 7/6/2018