The Payden Memorial Foundation was started by personal friends after loosing their son Payden, age 6, to medulloblastoma (brain cancer). After healing from their loss, they realized a great need for financial resources to help families in Montana with kids battling cancer. There is no special screening process outside of a 'note from their doctor' with a diagnosis, no financial qualifications. Upon learning of a family they immediately send a substantial check for whatever expenses are needed and a grocery gift card. A little later the child and their siblings receive a gift pack of toys and such to occupy their time while travelling or in hospital. At the holidays, the families receive another check. All of the fundraising is done only once a year during an annual bicycle ride called 'Blazing Saddles'. The feedback from families is this organization goes above and beyond what anyone else does, with compassion and understanding that only a family who has experienced their struggle can understand.