In March 2009, we lost our best friend and family member Brett to cancer, specifically Rhabdomyosarcoma. That same year one of our founders and Brett's cousin, Cory, was diagnosed with and beat Ewing Sarcoma. In the summer of 2009, we organized a charity golf outing that would benefit Brett's family to pay for unexpected bills related to Brett's passing. After the first year, Brett's family no longer needed the financial assistance we were attempting to provide, and instead, insisted that we find another family to assist that had been affected by this horrible disease. Since 2010 we have been fortunate to meet and help some amazing people that have proven there are no victims of cancer, simply warriors. In the spring of 2017, we made a long-time goal a reality, we formed our nonprofit organization Foundation for Strength.
Through Foundation for Strength, we will raise social consciousness and donate funds to cancer research and to those who are battling cancer or other life-threatening diseases.
WHAT WE DO
We organize several fundraising events annually in order to provide funds to those in need. We also raise social consciousness by speaking out about those we have lost and those who are battling.
What started as a local fundraiser to assist one particular family, has grown into a national movement to assist those in need and aide in the eradication of cancer.
Meet The Board
Brett was my older cousin by five years. We always had a close connection. Growing up, I always wanted to be like him. I was blessed to have such a strong example in my life and thank him for molding me into the man I am today. I look forward to sharing Brett's strength through this amazing organization.
I met Brett in 2003 and it didn't take long to become close friends. Brett's caring personality and ability to laugh were infectious. Because of him, I gained many more friendships and to this day, remain close to people I consider family.
I met Brett when we started cub scouts together, and from that point on we were friends. We went to all the same schools and we were friends with all the same people. Having had the privilege to grow up with Brett showed me what being a real friend and man meant. Brett had the ability to make everyone around him happy. Brett helped mold me into the person I am today. Always in my thoughts, always in my heart, Love You Buddy.
Brett and I started our hockey careers together at 7 years old. From then on I knew we would be great friends for a long time. Brett was the type of person you always wanted to be around, and he was always in your corner. He could make anyone laugh at just about anything. He touched a lot of people in so many ways, and I am blessed to have been such good friends with him.
Kevin & April Dodd
We met Kevin and April after their son Grayson was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in 2017. When Grayson passed away, Kevin and April had a desire to give back and support others that were going through their own battle. They started Fill Grayson's Stocking in order to donate toys during the holidays to Children's Hospital of Michigan, where Grayson was treated. Today, Fill Grayson's Stocking is one of our primary funds.