Stories of amazing and courageous kids and families

As part of The Lilabean Foundation’s goal to bring increased awareness to pediatric brain cancer, we will be featuring stories of amazing and courageous kids and families whose lives have been impacted by this terrible disease.


Wyatt Hare
25 Jul 2017

Wyatt Hare

The Hare family’s world changed on Memorial Day weekend in 2016. A late-night trip to an emergency room led to a brain scan that revealed a tennis ball sized brain tumor that had finally put enough pressure on his brain to put him in critical condition requiring immediate surgery. Wyatt was rushed to Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago and into emergency brain surgery.

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24 May 2017

Jack Rolle

Jack first started exhibiting signs of an unusual illness as a fourth grader in August 2008. After a series of tests over several months that culminated with brain surgery in May 2009, Jack was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor called mixed cell germinoma. Jack started 16 rounds of inpatient

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22 Oct 2016

The 5th annual Fall Ball raised over $110,000 for pediatric brain cancer research

The 5th annual Fall Ball was a tremendous success thanks to our wonderful community of supporters and friends. With almost 200 in attendance, the event raised over $110,000 for pediatric brain cancer research. This is our biggest fundraiser to date.

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LBF #11for11banner
02 Sep 2016

#11for11

This September 333 kids (11 every day) will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. These 11 fingers are in honor of the 11 new families that have learned their child has a brain tumor.

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We raised more than $4,000 at the St. Andrew Apostle 5K Spirit Run
16 Jul 2016

It has been a busy year so far for LBF!

On April 30th, we raised more than $4,000 at the St. Andrew Apostle 5K Spirit Run. For the third year in a row, this great community event at Lila’s school has helped us to raise awareness in the community while getting some exercise and raising much needed funds for childhood

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02 Jan 2016

Over $15,000 raised for pediatric brain cancer at the first Lilabean Foundation Dance-a-thon

On November 20, 2015 more than 170 children participated in the first Lilabean Foundation Dance-a-thon to raise money for pediatric brain cancer. The event was a huge success and a lot of fun for everyone! Participants reached out to friends, family members and neighbors raising more than $15,000! DJ Bobby

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21 Oct 2015

The Lilabean Foundation Dance-A-Thon – November 20th, 2015

The Lilabean Foundation Dance-A-Thon Kids helping kids find a cure for pediatric brain cancer 1…2…3…DANCE! Our goal is for each participant to raise a minimum of $20 in pledges. Parents, family, neighbors and friends can sponsor a student by making a donation of any amount. All of the donations will

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03 Oct 2015

Thank you all! We are thrilled to announce our fundraising campaign raised $13,500!

We are thrilled to announce that our “$6,000 in honor of Lila’s 6 year anniversary” fundraising campaign raised $13,500! We are so grateful for all of the donations, shares and prayers.

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month
07 Sep 2015

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Help us reach our goal of $6,000 to fight pediatric brain cancer September is pediatric cancer awareness month. Six years ago this month, Lila was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Lila and the Lilabean Foundation need your help to raise $6,000 this month in honor of the 6 years

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17 Aug 2015

Over $275,000 Donated

Thanks to our generous supporters, since The Lilabean Foundation began fundraising in 2012, we have raised over $275,000 all of which has been donated to The Brain Tumor Institute at Children’s National Medical Center. See what your donations and support have helped fund!

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Save the Date for the 4th Annual Fall Ball
26 Jul 2015

Save the Date for the 4th Annual Fall Ball

The 4th Annual Fall Ball will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the Wheaton Glen Ballroom.

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Lila's Story
10 Jan 2015

Lila’s Story

In late September of 2009, sweet Lila was diagnosed with brain cancer. The doctors believe it is likely that she was born with this tumor. It is a multi-focal, Grade 2 astrocytoma.

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Jackson Dundon
09 Jan 2015

Jackson’s Story

The Dundon’s heart-wrenching encounter with brain cancer began when Jackson was only two and a half years old. His mom, Kristin, noticed something was different with his gait and he had become very clumsy.

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Jack Purssord
06 Jan 2015

Jack’s Story

As May is brain cancer awareness month and we prepare for the St. Michael’s Running Festival on May 16th, we are honored to introduce you to Jack Purssord.

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Joe Ludwikoski
02 Jan 2015

Joe’s Story

As we prepare for our first Lilabean Foundation event in Kansas City on June 27th, we are honored to introduce you to Kansas City native Joe Ludwikoski.

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