Mission: The mission of the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children is to provide financial assistance, social support, and information for families of children with brain and spinal cord tumors; fund research projects that improve treatment options and search for a cure; and raise public awareness of the disease and advocate on behalf of children who are affected.
Results: In the 2012 fiscal year (7/1/11 – 6/30/12), we provided $360,000 in emergency financial assistance for 300 families in the southeast through our Butterfly Fund. Since being established in 2000, this one program has provided over $1.8 million in assistance for hundreds of families – helping with items that include rent and utilities, car payments and repairs, gasoline, treatment-related travel expenses, and much more. We will continue to “Help Families Cope,” as long as needed through this and other programs that are described on our website.
Target demographics: Families of children aged birth through 21 years in the southeast who have brain and spinal cord tumors.
Geographic areas served: Southeast
Programs: The Brain Tumor Foundation for Children provides a financial assistance program (Butterfly Fund) for the families of children treated for the disease at certain hospitals in eight southeastern states (GA, FL, LA, MS, AL, KY, SC, TN); it provides information and education for families; it provides hands-on support to families (mostly in the state of Georgia); it supports research for a cure.
The Brain Tumor Foundation for Children is a small group with a huge heart. I feel that the compassion this group has for the children and their families fighting brain cancer is unmatched. One of their main objectives is to provide emergency financial assistance to familes to help them during a very difficult time. They also provide information, networking, and social events for the children and families. J. Smith Lanier & Co. has been a fundraising partner for BTFC for almost 10 years. Working with the foundation has become part of our corporate culture.
I got involved with The Brain Tumor Foundation for Children because they are our corporate charity. I stay involved because of the wonderful work they do and the families they support. They are a very high touch organization. They reach out and provide support to all of the children and families being treated by the hospitals with whom they are affiliated. While not every family needs financial assistance, the organization also provides information, education, and activities for the children and families.