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Star Funds

When you invest in the PBTF, you get the reassurance of knowing our research is vetted by the brightest minds in the childhood brain tumor field, is reviewed by a Research Advisory Network, and follows a global research strategy. PBTF is also working hard to identify and fill in the gaps for family support by fostering new and existing programs so that more children and families are served.

The commitment of families through Star Funds honoring their loved ones has made a critical impact on the PBTF’s research and family support programs. Click on the links below to learn more about each of these families. If you have any questions about Star Funds, email or call 800-253-6530.

Star Funds at the PBTF

Blake Vince Payne Star Fund
The Blake Vince Payne Star Fund serves as a financial catalyst for an unprecedented initiative that brings together renowned clinicians and scientists from around the world to specifically study pineoblastoma and develop new therapies. The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation established the Fund, and in partnership with Blake’s parents, identified pediatric neuro-oncologist and scientist Annie Huang from The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and pediatric brain cancer scientist Paul Northcott from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis to co lead this pioneering global initiative.

Caroline's Crusaders Star Fund
Caroline’s tumor is a little unique, we are 100% reliant on new meds being researched and funded by organizations like the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

The Ask Me About Super Cooper Memorial Fund
Cancer changed a lot of things about Cooper Hodges' life, but it never changed his happy spirit. He never lost his will to fight, and he never gave up hope. His family didn’t either. Join them in fighting for a cure for this deadly disease. Join them in sharing Cooper's story. Join them in sharing HOPE.

The Dragon Fire Fund in Memory of Matthew Tracy
Matthew’s parents (Mike and Kelli) honor's Matthew memory by continuing to push for better research, support for families, and becoming active in the bereaved parent community.

The Elyse Reeves Star Fund
The Elyse Reeves Star Fund was created by Jeremy Reeves in honor of his daughter Elyse, who lost her battle with a brain tumor at 17 months old in February 2015.

The Hope Invitational Star Fund
The Hope Invitational gymnastics meet at Woods Gymnastics in Warrenton, Va., started as a small event to raise money for childhood brain tumor research. After its huge success, however, it became the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s first Star Fund. Gym owner, Katherine Johnson, established the Hope Invitational after her son, Aaron, was diagnosed with a childhood brain tumor. “We know the work being done by the PBTF will lead to more positive outcomes for more children in the future,” Johnson says. “As the mother of a pediatric brain tumor survivor myself, I am humbled to be able to contribute to the good work being done by the PBTF and look forward to partnering together for many years to come.”

The Princess Keris Crown Fund
The Princess Keris Crown Fund supports family support programs in the PBTF's Southeast Region, such as the emergency financial assistance Butterfly Fund, which provides aid to families of children in treatment at certain medical facilities.

The Tim Gruensfelder Star Fund
Tim Gruensfelder was truly a gift to his family and friends. He was a fighter with a passion to help others battling brain tumors by fundraising and participating in clinical trials to find a cure. This fund honors his passion and supports the PBTF's commitment to help children and teens like him.

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