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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

61 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Brent's Place opened their home and hearts when my son, Josh, needed radiation daily and we were 100 miles from Denver. We were so honored that they accepted us into their home away from home and helped us put a little "normal" back in our life. Brent's Place rocks!!!!!!! We can not thank them enough!!! The Frank-Tappy family, Sterling, Co

Stephanie229

Client Served

Rating: 5

Brent's Place made such a difference in the way my family was able to cope with my daughter's cancer treatment in 2015. Chloe, then 7, underwent an almost 5 month inpatient stay at Children’s Hospital Colorado, which was 350 miles from our home. Once we were given the apartment at Brent's, I found a quiet peace that I was not able to carve out for myself previously. While we had a great experience at the hospital, it was important that I, as my daughter's primary caregiver, had a respite away from the revolving door of hospital staff constantly coming through my daughter's hospital room.

Brent's Place provided meals, emotional support, and community for me, my 5 yr old son, and my husband both during her long treatment and afterward, as we stay in Brent's Place guest suites when we return to Children's for oncology follow ups.

I can't say enough about the founders, the facility itself, and the staff. We are forever grateful to Brent's Place!

P.S. My daughter is healthy and thriving now. For more on my family's empowering healing journey, visit www.healingwithcourage.com.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family stayed at Brent's Place in 2015 while my daughter underwent cancer treatment 350 miles away from home. We can't say enough about Brent's Place. The generosity and support from the founders and staff has touched us deeply. They welcomed us with open arms, and provided a much needed private respite away from hospital life. Brent's Place has a refreshing, positive focus on life and living. We loved participating in activities, meals, and outings as much as possible. My family still gets to stay there when we return for oncology follow ups. Bren't Place will forever be in our hearts!

Jacquilyn C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Chloe was born July 8,2015. And admitted to the hospital July 17,2015. Diagnosed with scid. We live in Longmont if it wasn't for Brents place we would be traveling back and forth and living in the hospital. Brents place has kept our family together and has relived so much financial burden that our family has endured. Brents place has given us relief from holidays,birthdays,given us date nights and family outings along with helping us with gas cards for travel. They have also provided us support,understanding,love and have become family to us. If it wasn't for Brents place the stress would be over its limits and we couldn't be more blessed for Brents places help and support

Debra T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thanks for all you do for our nephew Derek Augustin and the family! Brents Place provides a much needed service for many. We don't know what the Augustin family would have done without you!

Tim Frye

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son Collin was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in August of 2012, when my wife Suzanne was already 5 months pregnant with our fourth child. Initially we were hopeful that Collin’s treatments would only take four months and we would be back home in time for Christmas, but that illusion was shattered in October when the first rounds of chemo didn’t work. That meant a stem-cell transplant for Collin and facing 8 more months of treatment that would overlap with the exhaustion of finishing a pregnancy and caring for a new baby. This was when Brent’s Place stepped in bringing tremendous relief to us and our circumstances. Knowing that we were going to have a place to stay for as long as it took to finish Collin’s treatments was huge. And what a place it was…

It was the safe, clean environment that Collin would need for a successful recovery. It was a wonderfully, spacious two-bedroom apartment with full kitchen, a den with comfortable seating, a nice TV and a balcony to sit on. It was a place we could cook and enjoy real meals. But the emotional support we received from the staff, the volunteers and the fellow residents at Brent’s Place put it over the top. It is definitely not “just a job” for these folks; they genuinely care about each individual and family that comes through the doors. Collin experienced many moments of great joy (check out the video ;) in the midst of such difficult treatments and he is thriving today, thanks in large part to Brent's Place.

The bottom line is that Don and Linda Ely have created a very unique environment to help families in crisis, using their own personal experiences, a great vision and years of hard work. Brent’s Place was a godsend for our family; I don’t know how we could have endured our trials without their help. It is a special organization that deserves our support as they seek to help greater and greater numbers of cancer-stricken families during their time of need.