We are working to improve treatment options for, and ultimately eradicate, benign brain tumors and cerebrovascular disease.

Nearly 80,000 Americans will be diagnosed with a brain tumor this year. They join more than 700,000 Americans who are currently living with the fear, frustration and uncertainty a brain tumor diagnosis brings. Approximately 68% of these tumors are benign (non-cancerous), while 32% are malignant. All types of brain tumors can be deadly, even benign brain tumors, if they interfere with portions of the brain responsible for vital bodily functions. Brain tumors do not discriminate, inflicting men, women, and children of all races and ethnicities.
American Brain Tumor Association

Our Impact

This year, the Be Brave For Life Foundation will celebrate its third full year as a non-profit organization. We are making an impact by helping to fund cutting-edge benign brain tumor and cerebrovascular disease research.

Remarkably, since our founding in July 2015, we have raised over $400,000!

We have supported two remarkable research initiatives at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. We have recently expanded to provide $150,000 in micro-grants to 8 research initiatives at top hospitals, universities and foundations in the world, including:

  • Angioma Alliance
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Centenary Institute in Sydney, Australia
  • IFOM the FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology in Milan, Italy

  • Mirrx Therapeutics in Germany
  • University of California at San Francisco
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Pennsylvania

This is a real testament to both [founder] Riley’s tenacity, grassroots organization, and how much people care about these conditions and the kids [like Riley] who are being affected by them.


-Dr. Edward Smith, Director of Pediatric Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery at Boston Children’s Hospital

Riley Callen, our founder, and Dr. Edward Smith

We have done this entirely with the generosity of our amazing donors, our tireless volunteers, and a completely volunteer board of directors and junior board of directors. In fact, more than 85% of the money we raise goes directly to fund brain tumor and cerebrovascular disease research.