Brian Morden Foundation announces spring spotlight

The Brian Morden has announced its BMF CARES Spotlight for Spring 2020.

Ava Miduri is an adorable 6-year-old from Duncansville who was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma on Sept. 18, 2018.

Ewing’s Sarcoma is the same kind of cancer that took Brian Morden’s life in 2003.

Ava had a total of 14 chemotherapy treatments as well as surgery to remove her tumor.

Within that span of treatment many challenges occurred. Mike and Alisha Miduri, Ava’s parents, said “This has been the worst experience of our lives. The shock of the diagnosis, the hardships of the treatment and fear of the outcomes. We are thankful that Ava is doing well and is presently displaying only some minor effects from the chemotherapy.

“We are appreciative of the Brian Morden Foundation, for their mission to help local pediatric cancer families along with funding research for Ewing’s Sarcoma.

“The physical, psychological and financial burdens of pediatric cancer are immense. It is with the help and generosity of the community that we can fight together for better, more effective treatments, as well as support the financial burden of those going through treatment.”

Mike and Alisha shared more of Ava’s story at http://brianmorden


At the request of Ava’s parents, the BMF CARES Spotlight program will donate $1,000 to the Amelia M. Sharer Foundation.

Amelia was diagnosed about the same time as Ava. The two girls and their parents became very close. The Amelia M. Sharer Foundation’s primary goal is to help ensure that no child is denied emergency medical transportation due to a lack of medical insurance.

This mission is particularly close to the foundation’s heart, as Amelia initially waited for more than six hours for ambulance transportation to the Children’s Hospital, due to a temporary lapse in insurance coverage.

It wasn’t until an EMS crew two hours away heard of the situation and selflessly offered to transport Amelia at no cost to the family.

The Brian Morden Foundation, based in Altoona, was created in May 2003 to fight back against childhood cancer.

The Brian Morden Foun-dation CARES Spotlight began in January 2018.

The program is shining a light on children with cancer, raising awareness and providing funds for research, education and support for children with cancer and their families.

For more information or to donate to the Brian Morden Foundation, contact Dawn Morden, president, at dbjmorden@brian

mordenfoundation.org or 946-9369. Contributions may also be made at the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation or on the BMF website at http://brian




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