I have been volunteering at Brent's Place since December 19, 2009. They had recently opened their second location that year and I had been watching it be built in my neighborhood. Brent's Place is a home away from home for children battling childhood cancer. The special thing about it is that no family is charged for staying there. It does not matter how long they stay. We have a family that has been there for at least four years - maybe five!
In 1987 Brent Eley, age 13, was diagnosed with a fast growing malignant cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. The Eley family traveled to Iowa City for Brent to receive a bone marrow transplant - the treatment that offered the most hope for a cure. Sadly, after 162 days the Eleys return home without Brent.
In 1988, the first Kid's Cure for Cancer event is held as a tribute to Brent. There are a couple of photos attached with volunteers that show up year after year.
In 1997, Inspired by the courage and spirit of Brent, his parents Donn and Linda Eley establish the Brent Eley Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization. They opened the first Brent's Place near the then-current location of the Children's Hospital, Colorado in Denver.
In 1998, The first Brent's Place facility opens its doors with five apartments to fill the need in the Denver area for Safe-Clean accommodations suitable for patients following bone marrow transplants.
In 2009, A new building was opened when the Children's Hospital was built on the new Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. It was built with the best filtration systems and each family has their own apartment with a kitchen and private bathroom. In 2009, I had done a round of chemo myself. Since my own system was immune compromised, this was a perfect environment for me personally to volunteer! It is hard to believe that almost ten years have passed!
The Brent Eley Foundation has recently opened another building on the same block of the second location. They are located about 1/3 mile from Children's Hospital, Colorado where the kids are being treated. This new location doubled the capacity to 32 families that can be taken care of at any one time. Plans are already being made for a third building to be built on the same block of the other two. Unfortunately, as soon as the second building was open, it was filled. I'm sure the same thing will happen when the third is complete!
While it is a sad reality that there are so many children battling this dreadful disease, it is a blessing that the Eleys have created such a beautiful place for them. It is a place where kids with cancer can just be kids!
I have been a dedicated volunteer at Brent's Place for over 8 years now. The staff is wonderful - so helpful and generous. Everything they do for the kids and families who stay there is indicative of their true caring and generosity for the families to get through a hard time in their lives. I will continue to help them in many ways in the future.
I am a Denver zookeeper and children's book author. I got connected to Brent's Place a few years ago and continue to visit to read my books and engage the kids about animals and conservation. We even have them out a few times a year to meet a rhino and this has been such a wonderful experience for the families and for myself. It is great to see these kids get to laugh and smile and forget about what they are experiencing just for a moment. The staff and team concept at this organization are top notch and their passion is just contagious. So happy to be a small part of the positive reach they provide for our community.
Keeping families together during the most trying times. Providing support, delicious meals and a home with kindness and love.
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.
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
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!!!!
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.
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.
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!
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!!!
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!!
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.
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!!!!
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!!
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!
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!!!
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.
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.
Brent's Place is an amazing place. They go above and beyond for there families. We were blessed to have them in our lives.
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.