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Brent Eley Foundation

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Causes: Cancer, Health, Homeless & Housing, Patient & Family Support, Temporary Housing

Mission: The mission of the Brent Eley Foundation is to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer and their families…one day at a time.  We do so by providing housing and support services through partnerships in the community.

Target demographics: Pediatric Cancer patients and their families

Geographic areas served: Rocky Mountain Region

Programs: "Safe-Clean" housing for immune compromised children and their families to live in while undergoing treatment for pediatric cancer, genetic disease, and blood disorder

Community Stories

66 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brent's Place (Brent Eley Foundation) is by far the best nonprofit I have been involved with. They stay true to their mission in every aspect of their business. They offer refuge for families going through a tough time in life. Likewise, they offer volunteers an opportunity to help out in a way that also provides deep connection to a great cause. The organization is well run, well organized, and staffed by truly compassionate and caring individuals. I cannot say enough about this organization. I would recommend it as a place to dedicate volunteer time. I would recommend it as a worthwhile organization to donate money to. I would absolutely recommend Brent's Place to anyone or any family who needs the services they provide.

SherriJKerr

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2005 my 21 year old son Dalton Kerr underwent a bone marrow transplant for leukemia that had returned just 4 months before he was to be done with treatment. As a divorced mom with two other sons, Brent's Place was a blessing as we were able to stay there while we had to stay in Denver. The staff was amazing and there was nothing that they wouldn't do for the families there!!! The apartment was so nice and it was truly a home away from home for us. There is such a need for a place like this when your child is sick and you are so far from home. You don't know what to do and how you are going to pay to live in Denver, but your child has to be there for treatment!!!! This is where Brent's Place comes in and they are such a blessing to each and every person that they touch. Dalton will be gone 13 years on August 16th, 2018 and every year we get the sweetest card from the staff that tells us Dalton will never be forgotten. As a mama, I can't tell you how much that card blesses my heart every year. If you are looking for a organization to invest time, money or supplies into, please, please help this one out. Childhood cancer is a devasting, horrible disease that hurts the whole family. Having a safe place to stay eases some of that burden, so please reach out to this awesome place. Sherri Kerr, Lamar, Colorado

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Client Served

Rating: 5

How do I describe a place that was a life saver to my son, myself and his brothers when we went through the toughest time in our lives?
My son was 18 and diagnosed with ALL ( leukemia) in 2001. After going into remission early and everything indicating success, just 3 months shy of being cancer free, it returned in November of 2004. After undergoing a bone marrow transplant in May of 2005, we moved into Brent's Place. WOW, what an awesome place. Everyone was so friendly and so helpful. Dalton was very isolated and could not have many visitors but that did not stop them from being there for us. The meals that were brought and the gifts that Dalton would receive were amazing. It was so nice to have the apartment right there across from Children's Hospital as we would walk over to the hospital and at night I would wheel him around the neighborhood in his wheel chair. I remember the massage I received as a mom when I there that was a god send!!! Having a washer and dryer handy and not having to worry about cleaning supplies, etc was a god-send. The generosity of those who donate is above and beyond words!!!! Even though Dalton could not participate in any of the activities they always brought what ever they could to this 22 year old who was fighting the fight of his life. Even though Dalton lost his battle with pneumonia, the transplant was a success, it was all the other complications that his body could not handle. On August 16, 2005 Dalton was returned to heaven and Brent's place was amazing to us. Even though we had been gone from Brent's Place for 12 days, the sympathy and caring they gave to us as a family was amazing. I would tell anyone that is wondering about Brent's Place, it is awesome and amazing. They are still supporting this family as every year on the anniversary of Dalton's death I receive a personal card and he has also been included in the Memory Garden. This place is truly a home away from home when a family is fighting the worst fight of their lives!!!! Please help this organization in any way you can!!! You will never know until you have been in that position how precious they are!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Brent Eley Foundation provides an absolute incredible place for families to live, heal and connect with other families while going through long-term treatment at Children's Hospital. Through volunteering here, I've witnessed the love the families have for the staff and vis-versa. If you can volunteer or donate money to a cause, this one is very worthy of your time and money. Thank you, Brent's Place, for providing a safe, clean, happy home for families dealing with devastating, significant childhood illness.

Brittany M.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Brent's Place for about 4 years and could not imagine spending my time with any other organization. While I do not volunteer in the facility, they are still able to accommodate me and welcome me as a valuable asset of the organization. I appreciate being able to spread the mission in the Denver community and recruit other volunteers to give back in whatever way they can!

I also believe Brent's Place values its staff and goes above and beyond for their volunteers to make them feel special and appreciated (even though that's not why we do it!) I have always felt a "part of the family" and look forward to the inevitable growth that is to come for such a wonderful organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AMAZING organization. I have been volunteering at Brent's Place for over a decade and have no plans of stopping. The mission (supporting kids with cancer) speaks for itself and this organization is run like a business. I have seen too many well intentioned non-profits not thrive because of the way they were run - Brent's Place is impeccably run from the Executive Director to the Board of Directors down to each and every employee. I am blessed and honored to be able to volunteer at such an amazing place. The best is yet to come for Brent's Place!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

An incredible organization unlike any other that I have volunteered at. The mission.....kid's with cancer......of course, it is easy to get behind and support the organization based on the mission alone. However, the organization is run like a business and it shows.......not in a rough, rigid way but in a way that makes me OK with donating my time and money because the organization makes solid decision after solid decision after solid decision and they have done that year in and year out for the last 7 years that I have been involved.

The staff is incredible and is beyond appreciative when I come in to volunteer. I am so blown away by the organization, I got my company and staff involved.......and other friends as well. I can't say enough GREAT things about Brent's Place. The staff, the mission, the business sense of their founders, staff, board, etc. etc. If you are considering donating or volunteering you can do that without any hesitation or reservations - this place is incredible!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Brent's place helped us out so much in a time of need. My son was having surgery to remove a brain tumor. I had just had a baby via c-section 10 days prior. The staff is so helpful, loving they go above and beyond to help us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My niece was able to stay at Brent's Place while recovering from a bone marrow transplant. What a wonderful, welcoming, safe, and clean environment! My sister and brother-in-law as well as their other kids were able to stay with my niece, surrounding her with love and support. They were guests over the holidays, and the folks at Brent's Place even provided gifts for the kids. I can't thank the professional, caring staff at Brent's Place enough for all they have done for my family!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My 9-year old grandson, Rylan, was diagnosed with Burkitts Lymphoma back in October 2015 and after extensive chemotherapy treatment in Albuquerque, our home town, it was determined his best chance of beating this disease was with a bone marrow transplant. We were headed to Aurora CO and Children's Hospital there - and were advised that while Rylan received continued treatment and then the much needed transplant, we'd be staying at Brent's Place - a place like none other! Brent's Place offered us not only conveniently located housing and amenities during our stay, but a clean, safe and caring environment! I can only best describe Brent's Place as our home away from home - a place where we had compassionate people to care for us, make things easy for us, take away the most minor to major obstacles, all which allowed us to focus on what was most important - our grandson. Brent's Place Team Members are second to none - each of them are so caring and helpful and put our needs at the top of their list. They went to great lengths to welcome and provide for us: nutritious food (and delivered to our apartment or the hospital !) fully furnished and stocked apartment accommodations, arranging and joining us for much-needed outings for families, and are just "there" for us - for whatever we may need, whether we are running back and forth to the hospital, or finally "home" in the apartment attending follow-up appointments. It's difficult for most to imagine what caring for a child with cancer is like - well, Brent's Place made it much easier! I'd hate to think how we would have done this all without their care and support. Thank you, Brent's Place for taking away our worry and for your caring and never ending goal in doing "whatever you need" in our time of need! This Foundation was built in memory of Brent - and has been cultivated into the most caring group of Caregivers I've ever had the pleasure of getting to know - they are the best at what they do and they go to great lengths in doing anything and everything to support you in the most difficult time of your life. Thank you, Brent's Place. You will always have a special place in our hearts - and we will always look for ways to pay it forward as you have done for us.

1 Denise145

Client Served

Rating: 1

Brent's Place is truly an amazing place! Not only because it was our home away from home for Juan, my family and I. Also because they truly help us families in so many special ways! They help us families in need when we need it the most!!! From employees to volunteers and donors; they all help with open hearts, enthusiasm, dedication and go over and beyond in every single thing and every single minute of the day! My family and I are sooooo grateful to all Brent's Place participants and donors, you all make such a huge impact and we are soooo thankful for each and everyone of you and your families!!! Blessings to all! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

1 Monica84

Client Served

Rating: 5

In August of 2013 we arrived in Denver with our son who was battling cancer, we pulled up to Brent's Place not knowing anybody or even Denver Allen was waiting for us n greeted up so kindly, he showed us around the place gave us our keys showed us our apartment n where everything was n from that day we lived at Brent's Place for almost 10 mobths. The staff is wonderful the place is wonderful they make u feel so welcome n at home it's a beautiful place! We lost our son June of 2014 n moved out the next day but I will never forget Brent's Place n they won't ever forget us, we still receive cards from them, it's wonderful!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son Justin was going through a bone marrow transplant and we were so lost until we got to Brent's Place. We were so worried where we stay while Justin was in hospital and when he got released but not able to be home. Our home is 444 miles away. The comfort of Brent's Place is amazing. We will also hold a special place in our hearts for Brent's Place e!

1 Jeanie G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Brents place helped us out soooo much with my little girl juliette when we stayed there. We couldn't afford to stay there but they took it upon there selves and found some one that donated money so we could( she had to stay in a sterile environment). She fell in love with every one there. Really nice people and I appriciate every thing they did for us!!!

1 Anna115

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are so many different ways to get involved. It's obvious that you're making a difference right away. Something as simple as preparing and delivering a dinner makes the families so happy, and the healthy siblings are so grateful for any attention you can give them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My grandson needed to go thru having a bone marrow transplant. Because we lived more than 50 miles from the hospital we were told that it would be best to stay in Aurora near the hospital until he was better. His mother and he stayed at Brent's place because there was no way we could have afforded to stay any place else. When he was stronger and not having to return to the hospital so often his 2 younger children were able to go and stay with their older brother and mother as there were 2 bedrooms. Brent's place had activities for the younger siblings and some for my grandson who was sick. What a wonderful place. Warm and supporting for the whole family. Thank you Brent's Place and the people who work there and the many volunteers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Brent's Place is an amazing place. They go above and beyond for there families. We were blessed to have them in our lives.

Heather256

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2015 my then 17 month old daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor. We immediately started radiation and after that we started rounds of High Dose Chemo. The levels of chemo were so high we had to boost her system with multiple Bone Marrow Transplants of stem cells so that her body could physically recover. My daughter and myself lived at Brent's Place from August 2015 to January 2016.

Brent's Place supported my family in more ways than I will ever be able to describe. They gave us a safe place to live that was close to the hospital so I could rush off at a moments notice. They gave us somewhere that was built to be as clean as possible for a very high risk time for us. They provided a sense of community so that my daughter was not a kid locked away from the rest of the world but instead just another bald kid at a table full of families in the same place. They gave me another sense of home. They helped me keep my sanity by making sure meals were provided several nights a week. They gave us activities from art projects to family outings to try to help us enjoy some moments in a dark time. They were there to lend an ear or leads on support from other foundations. They helped me get through a very challenging chapter in my life.

And when my daughter passed in June they were one of the first to reach out. To offer condolences and ask if there was any way they could support me. No matter how many years pass I will always consider myself part of the Brent Family.

GSeeley

Client Served

Rating: 5

Brent's Place helped save my son, Sam's, life. The compassion of the staff and the safe-clean environment both were instrumental in helping our 14-year old beat metastatic Ewing's Sarcoma. We will forever support Brent's Place in every way we can!!!

Gwendolen C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My grandson has been staying there since march. We went for a visit and brents place made it a comfortable experience. The staff was so kind and helpful. Thank you for all that you do its amazing.

Amanda229

Client Served

Rating: 5

I loved my stay when I went to go visit my nephew in Denver. It was nice and the staff was great. My nephew loves it there everyone makes him feel at home.

Carrie87

Client Served

Rating: 5

Brent's place has been a home away from home. I don't know what we would have done without them!
My son has felt so welcome & comfortable here & they have made him feel special. He has hasn't had a lot to look forward to over the last 5 months but Brent's has helped by providing activities & support. This is the best thing that could have happened to our family & we will be forever grateful!