The 7th Annual Evening of Will Power was once again an incredible success as we were, with the support of so many attendees, sponsors, and volunteers, able to raise over $92,000 in support of the mission and goals of the Brave Will Foundation. We are so blessed to be surrounded by so many caring individuals who have chosen to stand beside us as we attempt to make a difference in the lives of children with life threatening illnesses and their families.
As in years past, the money raised at our event this year will continue to be used to support the three primary goals the Brave Will Foundation has set:
- Financial support for the Journeys Program at Albany Medical Center: This program provides pediatric palliative care support for children with terminal and chronic illness. This support also extends to family members. The program aligns patient and family needs with appropriate hospital caregivers to ensure that proper care is being received. To date, we have donated $205,000 in support of this amazing program.
- Project SOAR: Our SOAR program provides funding for families on the first anniversary of a child’s passing. SOAR allows families to spend that anniversary day doing something memorable with the entire family in honor of their child. We are truly turning a day that many families dread into a day that honors their child and creates new memories.
- Pediatric Palliative Care Suite at Albany Medical Center: This year, the Pediatric Palliative Care Suite, known as the Brave Will Room, that we funded was opened at the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center. Now that the space has been constructed and is in use, we will continue to provide financial support for the families that utilize the space including providing meals, everyday comforts, linens, decor for the room, and whatever else the families need to have comfort and peace.
We would encourage you to watch the amazing video that was produced for our gala this year which features the courageous story of Shawn Bredice and his parents Barry and Sue. Their story truly defines all that we have set out to achieve as a foundation.
Lastly, if you attended the event, please be sure to check out our photo gallery to see the many highlights from the evening.