The last week of Will’s life was without question the saddest time of our life, yet we look back with fondness at the support we received not only from our friends and family, but also from the staff at Albany Medical Center. It was that last week that has made us ask time and time again, “Why shouldn’t any family who is losing a child feel that same support that we felt?” It was that last week that is at the core of what we feel our mission is with the Brave Will Foundation.
Our mission is not about finding a cure for cancer or funding research for AT/RT. There are a number of foundations out there that do that much better than we could ever do. Instead, we want to focus on the children and families for whom there is no longer a cure.
While we are keenly aware that this is not a topic that sparks hope or drives people to climb mountains to save lives, the fact remains that nearly 2,000 children will die this year from cancer alone, and that doesn’t include a number of other life-threatening illnesses. What is in place to help those people through a road that seems impossible to travel down? For those children and families, where cure is no longer an option, what can we provide to help them through the process? That’s really the main question that sits at the heart of what we want to do with our foundation, in Will’s honor.