Birthday Bash celebrates BMF CARES Spotlight

The Brian Morden Foundation will host a Birthday Bash from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Duncansville Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1200 Fourth Ave., Duncansville.

The party will celebrate the lives of two superheroes born in 1984 — Brian Morden on Jan. 10 and Tim Piper on April 13.

Both battled cancer and will soon be celebrating their 35th birthdays in heaven.

Birthdays of local BMF children who are fighting or have fought cancer will also be celebrated at the Birthday Bash.

The party will include a benefit concert by the Altoona Brass Collective from 2 to 3 p.m.

Additional activities from 3 to 6 p.m. include basket bingo, a 50/50 raffle and other basket raffles, pizza and snacks, a superhero “photo booth,” as well as games and crafts for the children.

Thirteen birthday cakes, donated by the four local Martin’s stores, will be on display and those who attend will be asked to vote for the best decorated cake.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children or $30 per family.

The BMF CARES Spotlight for January 2019 is Brian Morden, the inspiration for the Brian Morden Foundation.

Brian first complained of pains in his legs in August 2000. Doctors thought this could be growing pains or too much “band camp” and referred him to physical therapy after an X-ray showed nothing. Unfor-tunately, Brian’s pain continued, so the physical therapist asked for more information, and in December, an MRI was done.

Brian was diagnosed in January 2001 with Ewing’s Sarcoma and began his chemotherapy treatment on his 17th birthday then later had six weeks of radiation. He celebrated the end of his treatment for cancer in the spring of 2002, but his cancer recurred and by July of the same year he was again back in the hospital receiving more chemotherapy.

Brian died on Feb. 15, 2003, after a courageous battle. More information about Brian will be available at the Birthday Bash or can be found at http://brian

mordenfoundation.org/brian.htm.

The Brian Morden Foundation CARES Spotlight program has been shining a light on Children with Cancer, Raising Awareness and Providing Funds for Research, Education and Support for children with cancer and their families every month since January 2018. Additional information about the children may be found at the BMF CARES Spotlight page.

Among the 2018 honorees were:

June — Dominick DeVecchis, son of Steve and Kim DeVecchis. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2014 at the age of 6.

July — Samantha Brantner, daughter of Wendi Brantner, who was diagnosed with dysembryplastic neuroepithelial tumor (D-NET) at a phase 1.

At the request of Samantha, the spotlight program will donate $500 to the Brian Morden Memorial Scholar-ship Fund and $500 to Child Life at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital in honor of Samantha.

August — Gabby Colegrove, who turned 6 on Aug. 16. She was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL).

At the request of Gabby and her family, the BMF CARES Spotlight program will donate $1,000 to Child Life at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.

October — Alexis Kensinger, a 2017 graduate of Bellwood-Antis High School and former captain of its cheerleading squad, who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

November — AAHS Senior Isaiah Barnes, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (both T and B cell). At the request of Isaiah and his family, the spotlight program will donate $1000 back to the Brian Morden Foundation so that local children with cancer will be helped.

During 2019, the BMF will continue to spotlight local children at least once every three months.

For more information or to donate to the Brian Morden Foundation, contact Dawn Morden, president of the BMF at dbjmorden@brianmordenfoundation.org or 946-9369.

Contributions may also be made through the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation or at http://brianmordenfoundation.org/support.html.

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