What is the mission of LBF?

The Lilabean Foundation for Pediatric Brain Cancer Research (LBF) seeks to (1) fund critical childhood brain cancer research and (2) to help raise awareness of the severity of this fatal disease.

LBF looks to help identify and fund projects at the Brain Tumor Institute (BTI) at Children’s National Medical Center; and eventually at similar institutions around the country that are dedicated to finding more effective and less harmful therapies for pediatric brain cancer.

Additionally, LBF seeks innovative communication approaches to help raise awareness of the severity of pediatric brain cancer and the funds needed to sponsor critical research. Our hope is that LBF will have an extraordinary impact on the lives of the many beautiful children affected by this terrible disease.

How and why did LBF get started?

The Lilabean Foundation for Pediatric Brain Cancer Research was formed in 2011. After Lila was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in 2009, Lila’s parents, Nicole and Mike Giroux, were devastated. As the initial shock and panic settled, Nicole and Mike both wanted to focus their energy, time and fears into something positive and helpful for children, like Lila, battling this heartbreaking disease. The Giroux’s formed LBF with intentions to help fund pediatric brain tumor research.
How can I donate to LBF?

You can donate by clicking here or by mailing your check payable to The Lilabean Foundation to:

The Lilabean Foundation
c/0 UBS Financial Services
500 E. Pratt Street, 5th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202

Is LBF a non-profit?

The Lilabean Foundation is a non-profit (501c3) organization.

Tax Exempt #45-4877388

How can my child support LBF?

We love to have children getting more involved. Popular ways for kids to support LBF are: have a bake sale or lemonade stand at home or at school, ask your school to have an LBF tag day, have children accept donations in lieu of birthday gifts, etc. The sky is the limit!
How can I get more involved in LBF?

There are several ways you can get more involved:

  • Volunteer – We always need more volunteers with new and innovative fundraising ideas. Please email Nicole at nicole@lilabeanfoundation.com if interested.
  • Auction Items -Support our annual Fall Ball Auction- donate an item to be auctioned off- things which are unique and usually unobtainable are the best.
  • Sponsor us financially – when it comes down to it, funds are what is desperately needed. Your donation is always tax deductible.
  • Spread the word – raising awareness about this horrible disease is half the battle- tell your friends and family about LBF. Share our website and Facebook page with everyone.

How can I get on a mailing list?

Please email nicole@lilabeanfoundation.com to get added to our mailing list.
How much has LBF raised overall?

We have raised nearly $650,000. All of the money we have raised has been donated to The Brain Tumor Institute at Children’s National Medical Center.