The board of directors for the Brian Morden Foundation met recently to elect officers for 2011.
The BMF, an Altoona-based organization and member of the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation, was created in 2003 to help fight back against childhood cancer and to honor Brian Morden.
Brian is a courageous 19-year-old who battled Ewing's Sarcoma for more than two years. He lost the battle on Feb. 15, 2003, but his family, friends and many others who only knew Brian by reputation vowed to continue the fight against the disease. The foundation has three goals:
Board members for the Brian Morden Foundation include (from left): seated — Robert Suckling; Dawn Morden, president; Shelley Frank, treasurer; Barbara Piper, secretary; and Pastor Jaime Olson; standing — Brian Johnson; Becky Manley, vice president; Barbara Johnson; George Sackandy; and Lisa Merschiltz.
n To fund Ewing's Sarcoma and childhood cancer research.
n To support patients, family and staff of pediatric oncology units.
n To provide funding for Brian Morden Memorial higher education scholarships.
Several upcoming events to benefit children with cancer include:
n Making Brian Baskets from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Evangelical Church, Altoona.
n A bus trip to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony's Disney concert on April 16.
n Bikes, Trikes and Things That Go! event on May 21.
n Team Gold Ribbon Ride and Run on May 28 at Fort Roberdeau.
For more information about the foundation, visit www.brianmordenfoundation.org.