The Christopher Brandle Joy of Life Foundation was established on April 1, 2010, the day after Christopher passed way.
- The foundation was named Joy of Life because Christopher always exhibited a Joie de Vivre, or joy of living.
- Since our inception, the Christopher Brandle Joy of Life Foundation has donated close to $400,000 to pediatric brain tumor research projects and over $97,000 to family assistance requests.
- The Christopher Brandle Joy of Life Foundation works with several hospitals in the Tri State Area to assist families in need of financial assistance while caring for a child battling brain cancer including New York Presbyterian Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center, Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Westchester Medical Center and Stony Brook Hospital.
- Our Foundation’s “Rock Out” event was our 1st fundraiser and was held on September 25th, 2010 in Oakland, NJ. It was attended by over 1,000 people.
The Christopher Brandle Joy of Life Foundation was created in April, 2010 to honor the life and memory of Christopher Brandle, who passed away from Medulloblastoma, a form of pediatric brain cancer, on March 31st, 2010. The main purpose of the Foundation is to provide charitable contributions to organizations dedicated to pediatric brain tumor research, primarily focusing on Medulloblastoma. In addition, our Foundation may provide financial assistance to families that are struggling with the costs of caring for a child stricken with a pediatric brain tumor. Our Foundation is a non profit organization and holds tax exempt status as a 501(c)(3) corporation.
We will be forever grateful to our dear family and friends, who not only supported us during Christopher’s cancer treatment but continue to support us now and have helped us get Christopher’s Foundation underway. We also would like to thank Christopher’s doctors and nurses at Massachusetts General and New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s hospitals who worked tirelessly to treat Christopher and keep him comfortable during his final days. Lastly, we are so appreciative of the almost 1500 people that supported our family on the Pray for Christopher Brandle Facebook page. Please be sure to join our Facebook page Christopher Brandle Joy of Life Foundation.
We are committed to assist in finding a cure and advance the treatment of pediatric brain cancer. Our Foundation has made good progress in establishing itself and we will continue to be involved in many types of fundraising events. Along with our medical advisory board, we will seek out the best possible ways to distribute the money that we raise. We welcome anyone who is interested in helping our Foundation to contact us via e-mail, mail, or our social media, all of which can be found at the bottom of the page.