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Hugs for Brady Foundation

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Causes: Health

Mission: Our ultimate goal is to eradicate pediatric cancer. We will not rest until childhood cancers of all types are a forgotten nightmare. .

Results: We have funded New Jersey's first Pediatric Cancer Young Investigator program, supplied more than 50 custom built wagons to numerous children's hospitals, helped defray expenses related to childhood cancer directly to the affected families and have denoted & delivered more than 25,000 bouquets of flowers to children's hospitals throughout the New Jersey, New York City and Philadelphia areas.

Target demographics: find a cure for childhood cancers

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 15 New Jersey families

Geographic areas served: New Jersey, New York and the Northeast

Programs: New Jersey's first Young Investigator Program.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Hugs For Brady Foundation is a tremendous non-profit organization focused on eliminating childhood cancers, as well as providing support to the professionals in the oncology and hematology medical fields. This Foundation is also a tremendous resource to children battling cancer, and their families. The Foundation's staff is passionate and has seemingly endless amounts of energy in fulfilling their mission.

Bert B.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

An amazing group of passionate, dedicated individuals on a clear mission: eliminating ALL childhood cancers. Their work is incredible, and the results are REAL.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Hugs For Brady is a wonderful organization, with caring and compassionate leadership that strive to help children and families fighting cancer.

Donations directly benefit local patients; either through purchase of toys, supplies or to help support pediatric research.

It is an organization that exemplifies what a charitable organization should be: it is focused on it's mission and truly helps to make a difference in the community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Hugs for Brady Foundation is an outstanding organization that is not only dedicated to finding a cure for pediatric cancer, but is also instrumental in raising public awareness of the horrible disease, and also provides comfort to affected children and their families.

The Board of Trustees and its many volunteers work tirelessly to achieve the foundation's goals. There are several events and activities that the foundation runs throughout the year that are attended and enjoyed by many people.

The innovative "Brady Buggy Wagons" that are produced by the foundation and distributed to hospitals throughout the country and hopefully one day the world, help to improve the life of children during their stay in hospitals.

The ultimate goal is to eradicate childhood cancer, and the cost of research to find a cure for cancer is high. The efforts of the Hugs for Brady Foundation to raise as much money as possible for this purpose is admirable and inspirational.

Donor

Rating: 5


Hugs for Brady is an incredible organization that works tirelessly to support children battling cancer. What started as a small grassroots effort to honor Brady Wells, has grown into a spectacular fundraising and awareness machine. The organization run by devoted, passionate, hard-working volunteers design events that are high energy, memorable and fun. Whether it’s a golf outing, Halloween festival, baseball game or a formal gala, each and every participant is sure to have an extraordinary experience. Hugs for Brady is making a difference in the community, “one hug at a time.”
Karen

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sherrie and Michael Wells are true champions in the fight against childhood cancer. The Hugs for Brady Foundation recognizes the physical and emotional needs of families with sick children and, in all they do, helps to ease the burdens that accompany illness and treatment. They are always ready to “go the extra mile” and work closely with our Child Life staff at the BMS Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital to understand and address the many needs of our patients and their families. Their unwavering commitment and message of hope is an inspiration to others.

Terri Wetzel H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hugs for Brady is a wonderful pediatric cancer foundation working hard to find the cure all pediatric cancers.

The board and volunteers are dedicated and willing to go the extra mile or more to continue the progression of work to their goals.

The energy force behind this foundation is infectious and is largely due to the Executive Director. It is an honor to work with the Exec Director and the entire organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

HFB is truly FABULOUS! First things first, no one should be suffering from this horrible sickness, but ESPECIALLY not children. This foundation helps makes things easier for these kids... that is their focus and it makes a difference. Every little bit helps brings a smile back on their faces. Everything they are doing to ease these kids and the pain of their families need to be recognized. Such a blessing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hugs for Brady is an amazing organization with so much passion for carrying out their mission. This foundation is successful because it's personal; only someone who has been through the heart-wrenching experience of childhood cancer could truly understand the importance of easing the burdens of such a battle. Only someone who felt such a loss could comprehend the urgency of finding new treatments, and perhaps one day, a cure. And that someone is Sherrie Wells, who along with her husband Michael, have become shining lights for children who have been diagnosed with cancer. They spend their resources where they say they will--to make the lives of these children better in any and every way possible. And even more remarkable, Sherrie and Michael don't run the foundation from afar; they are hands-on, hands-in, present at each and every fundraiser and event, working tirelessly to ensure people are taken care of and to get their message out. You will be hard-pressed to find a more real and down-to-earth organization where you can jump in and make a difference on such a personal level. I am honored to work with Hugs for Brady and hope you will consider supporting this wonderful foundation.

Linda Levane F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with the Hugs For Brady Foundation because my son passed away from pediatric cancer and I wanted to help in some way to battle the horrific pain that this disease causes families who are going through this journey. Since Hugs For Brady began because of a parent's love for their son, I knew that they had the Heart and understanding and tenacity to do what was needed to treat and help those families experiencing emotional, financial and devastating physical pain that cancer brings to their loved one and to the family unit. I believe that Hugs For Brady fills this need by advocating for a cure for pediatric cancer. I personally know Brady's parents and they are the most dedicated and wonderfully loving people that you could ever meet. Thank you with all my heart for all that you do.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Amazing Foundation helping children and their families battling cancer. Founders of Hugs for Brady work tirelessly for the organization with a dedicated group of volunteers. Money raised is truly used to support their mission. The organization provides funding for state of the art pediatric cancer research as well as assisting families whose children are fighting for their lives. It is an honor to be affiliated with the Hugs for Brady Foundation.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What an incredible organization! The foundation does so much for families of children battling cancer and to support pediatric cancer research. They also strive to raise awareness for pediatric cancer and the severe lack of federal funding for this devastating disease. It is truly an honor to support this wonderful organization and stand behind their mission.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hugs for Brady is a 5 star organization for a number of reasons. Hugs for Brady has great staff, a diverse/professional/ focused Board, a significant number of dedicated volunteers, and a large community support base. All of these resource are focused on eliminating a terrible condition...pediatric cancer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The BEST! What they do for children with cancer is amazing! We love the sedation free MRI research, thank you! The foundation puts a smile on all children battling cancer.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Hugs for Brady Foundation is a local charity addressing a global issue- the eradication of pediatric cancer. While they work towards that end, their slogan says it all: Helping kids with cancer, one hug at a time.

With a dedicated, focused, and committed group of volunteers, their extraordinary and ubiquitous efforts has not only increased the awareness of this insidious disease locally, they are now making their presence known nationally.

When passion to a cause is the motivational impetus for an organization, the chances of it being successful are increased exponentially. Hugs for Brady definitely fits that description.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hugs for Brady Foundation is an incredible group of passionate people who are solely focused on their mission and purpose.

The volunteers and Board are truly committed to curing all pediatric cancer.

As a previous person mentioned, attend or volunteer at one event.

HFB is an infectious group and you will feel empowered that you made a difference

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As an oncology parent, I can attest firsthand to the many wonderful accomplishments of Hugs for Brady. They have funded leading research studies including cutting edge research to determine treatments at the gene level, were the first in the region to provided state of the art equipment so children will not need to be sedated as frequently, while still supporting the children and their families. What impresses me the most is the dedication and hard work that every volunteer shows, while doing it with a smile. They work tirelessly to ensure every event is a success. Hugs for Brady runs a very efficient organization with extremely low overhead which ensures that practically every dollar donated goes to support research, services for children fighting cancer, and to assist the families of those children. I hope you will join me in supporting Hugs for Brady so other children may receive the care and research they deserve.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

Let's face it, there are so many worthy nonprofits that it becomes a challenge to decide which one (or one's) to contribute to. From my perspective, the cause itself has to be one of such a insidious nature, that it demands assistance. Then I look at the nonprofit itself. Do they comply with nonprofit regulations? Is it mostly volunteers? Does most, if not all, of the donated funds go to the research and the eradication of their core mission. Or, does it go to staff and brick & mortar costs? What are their accomplishments? Who makes up the Board of Directors? Do they have a local presence to me?
The Hugs for Brady Foundation, upon close scrutiny, definitely satisfies the criteria I have established in determining whether or not a nonprofit is worthy of my time and donations. They are a local group committed to the abolishment of pediatric cancer. They literally have hundreds of volunteers dedicating their time and efforts for them. The Board is very involved and are at every function and event they sponsor- which are quite a few. They in turn have donated equipment and money to our local medical facilities. And, they have a community that has completely embraced them.
You can see, it's easy for me, and anyone else, to be a involved with this great team as they work towards the extinction of pediatric cancer, and in the mean time, what they are doing to allow children to be children despite their unspeakable hardships.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think most people hesitate to become involved in a charitable organization because they do not have time or don't think they can make a difference. Volunteer just once with Hugs for Brady and you will change your opinion. This organization has tremendous leadership. I have not found a more dedicated, selfless and energetic group of leaders and volunteers. Their attitude and drive is infectuous and the cause is as noble as they come. Who can say no to helping children with cancer - volunteer once and you'll be back. I think one of the areas that impresses me the most is the commitment of some of our younger volunteers. If you think today's youth is misguided, come meet our team.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Hugs for Brady Foundation is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization focusing on helping children and their families who are battling the horrors of childhood cancer. The foundation is located in Central New Jersey and works closely with the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Bristol Myers Squibb Children's Hospital. Hugs for Brady is less than 3 years old and has supplied BMSCH with new TVs, renovated play rooms and several thousands of dollars worth of toys and custom built wagons. We have also funded New Jersey's 1st pediatric hematology/oncology young investigator program.