The Andrew McDonough B+® Foundation was created to honor a 14-year-old star -- on and off the soccer and baseball fields. He bravely battled leukemia with his "Be Positive" attitude and B+ blood type, never leaving the hospital for 167 days, and earned his spot in heaven in July 2007.
The B+ Foundation spreads Andrew's positive attitude and zest for life and has changed the way thousands of families relate to each other.
In 2016 alone, The B+ Foundation helped 2,200 families and provided 14 grants, making it the largest known provider of family assistance to kids with cancer nationwide.
The mission of The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation is to address the following objectives:
1) Provide financial assistance for families of children with cancer nationwide. The B+ Foundation is one of the largest providers of financial assistance to families of kids with cancer in the United States.
2) Sponsor research to find cures for childhood cancers and improve treatment options. The B+ Foundation has provided research grants to institutions such as St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (TN), Duke (NC), Dana Farber Cancer Institute (MA), Seattle Children's Hospital (WA), Children's Oncology Group, and the Nemours Center for Childhood Cancer Research (DE) and more.
3) Keep the “B+” (“Be Positive”) message alive through outreach efforts, talks and advocacy in Washington D.C for more funding for childhood cancer research. Share the lessons that Andrew taught us, including: have fun, set goals and try your best, show affection, and be comfortable with yourself. Also channel a “Live Like Andrew” lifestyle by having faith, making time for our loved ones, keeping our lives in perspective, and appreciating our blessings.
How this Organization is Igniting Innovation
"The B+ Foundation is different than most medical fundraising organizations. We have the privilege of directly providing money to families which sets us apart because most other organizations simply raise money that gets put towards research or hospitals but no one ever really gets to see where the money goes. Our Family Assistance Program and plan is innovative because it is mutually beneficial. It is a blessing to the families receiving the money but it is also amazing for the organization's members to have the opportunity to see how the money they are raising is directly helping families in our own community."
The B+ Foundation has helped families across the country -- financially and emotionally -- as they care for their child with cancer and have committed over a million dollars to children's cancer research in the hope that soon no family will go through the loss that Andrew’s family has.