Archives for July 2013

Celebrate the Saratoga Racing Season While Supporting the Brave Will Foundation

With the track opening today in Saratoga, we have a couple of horse-related foundation news items to pass along:

SarChipFlyerSheetSaratoga Chips is a play being performed this summer which celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Saratoga racetrack. Tickets are available now at www.brownpapertickets.com and if you attend the August 4th show, proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Brave Will Foundation. We’ll be there and hope to see you there too!

Second, we are proud to be a community partner with At The Post Live, a live weekly racing show held from 9-10 PM on Thursday nights at the Parting Glass. The show will features great guests from the world of horse racing. More importantly, the show will be spreading a little Will Power in promoting the work of our Foundation. You can attend the shows at the Parting Glass or tune in to ESPN 104.5 “The Team” on Thursday nights to listen live.At The Post Live Flyer

Celebrate Will Power T-shirts Now On Sale!

DSC_0333You may have noticed in the pictures from yesterday’s ice cream social that our friends and family were sporting brand new Celebrate Will Power t-shirts–Ben and Max looked unquestionably handsome in their new shirts. We’re certain you probably now want to own one for yourself so you can look as cool as Ben and Max and spread a little Will Power at the same time. Well, now you can!

Shirts can now be ordered online through our custom store at MerchNow.com. Shirts are $15 and proceeds from every t-shirt sold will, of course, benefit the mission and goals of this foundation.

Orders will start shipping after July 26th, so place your order today. Adult and Youth sizes are available and V-neck shirts are available for women. Visit http://bravewillfoundation.merchnow.com/ to place your order.shirts

Brave Will Foundation Donates $50,000 to Journeys program at Albany Medical Center

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Today, the Brave Will Foundation invaded the children’s floor at the Albany Medical Center Children’s Hospital for its annual ice cream social. It was our chance to give something back directly to the children, families, and staff at AMC by providing lots of ice cream sundaes on a hot summer day. Nothing like vanilla ice cream topped with chocolate sauce and M&Ms to bring a smile to a child’s face no matter what their medical situation is. Honestly, it’s one of the highlights of our entire year to be able to do this. It’s also very meaningful to us because we always time this event around Will’s birthday. On Sunday, Will would have been five years old, so we can still celebrate his birthday by spreading Will Power to all of the other children.

As we have done in the past, we have also used the event as our time to make our annual donation to the Journeys program at Albany Med. This program is doing so much to provide an all-encompassing level of care to children with life threatening and chronic illnesses. This care is so badly needed and we have been proud to be a primary supporter since the program started three years ago. The growth of this program has been staggering. When it first started, there were roughly 15 patients receiving palliative care. Today, the number of patients stands at nearly 150. This doesn’t mean that there are more sick children at Albany Med, it means that there are more children being identified as needing a higher level of care that can help families set goals for their care and provide hope in a number of different ways.

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In the past three years, we have donated $75,000 to support this program. Today, we were able to add to this total with a donation of $50,000, thanks in part to a tremendous fundraising year that included a successful gala and continued strong corporate sponsorship, including a very generous donation in April from WellCare Health Plans. This brings our grand total of support to $125,000 in a little over three years time. This simply could not have happened without all of your support.

Lastly today, we made one other announcement. As many of you may know, we have three goals as a foundation. We have successfully completed two of these goals by annually supporting the Journey program and supporting families on the first anniversary of their child’s passing with our SOAR program. The one last goal has really been a dream of ours. We have always wanted to see a dedicated space be built in the children’s hospital to allow families to be together during various stages of palliative care including diagnosis, treatment, and end-of-life care. In April, we were notified that our proposal to have this space created had been accepted and today, we announced that we are committing $100,000 for the creation of this space which will be opened in 2014. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing more information about this room that will truly be unlike anything else at the Children’s Hospital.

All told, today was truly a day to remember for this foundation.

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