Active Campaign: Crowdrise Holiday Challenge

We’re really excited to let you know that we’re a part of the Crowdrise Holiday Challenge. It’s a friendly fundraising campaign where nonprofit organizations compete to raise the most money with the top teams winning grand prize cash donations. It starts on November 26 at 12pm ET and a total of $300,000 will be given away in the Challenge. We’re ready to raise as much money as we can so we can win the $100,000 grand prize donations, and make the biggest impact we can funding much needed brain tumor research!

How You Can Help
Please consider joining our team as a fundraiser. By setting up a fundraiser for our cause and reaching out to your network of supporters, you can help us make an even bigger impact and get us closer to that grand prize.  

It takes less than five minutes to set up a fundraiser. All you have to do is Go Here and click ‘Join the Team.’

If for some reason you can’t fundraise for our campaign, we’ll reach out when the Challenge launches to ask you to give to our cause. Every donation makes a difference, no matter how big or small.

Start a Campaign

Don’t wait for someday to do your part. Start today!

Become a part of our Be Brave for Life Family! We’re looking to partner with friends of the Be Brave for Life Foundation to start new campaigns that help fund benign brain tumor and cerebrovascular disease research. Get started today by filling out our campaign form and telling us about what you’d like to do! When you stand by our side, we will stand by yours.

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Past Campaigns

Be Brave for Life Hike-A-Thon 2015, 2016,  2017, 2018


Our signature event! The Be Brave For Life Hike-A-Thon is more than a fundraiser for benign brain tumor research. It is a metaphor for the challenges we all face—whether it be a brain tumor diagnosis, a family crisis, or an individual obstacle—we all climb our own mountains.

Each year hundreds of people come out to hike, take part in a multi-tiered scavenger hunt, and participate in a basket bonanza at the Merck Forest in Rupert, VT. Most inspiring are the hundreds of students from local schools who participate by soliciting sponsorship from friends, family, and businesses to support their efforts and raise money for Be Brave For Life.

This year, we are excited to announce the Be Brave for Life Challenge! It will culminate with the 4th annual Hike-A-Thon at an all-new location: Stratton Resort!

Be Brave for Life Benefit

Over 200 people participated in this fabulous evening at the Dorset Field Club in Dorset, Vermont that included dinner, open bar, silent and live auctions. It raised over $70,000 for Be Brave!

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, School of Nursing

Molly Cannon and her nursing cohort decided to host two events: a School of Nursing clothing sale and a Dave & Busters night (where 15% of the profits were donations) to raise $1,200 for Be Brave!

Blueberry Picking at Wildwood Berry Farm

For the past 3 years on a sunny day in July, Wildwood Berry Farm (Dorset, VT) owners Rick and Brenda Travers donate 50 cents for every pound of blueberries picked. Last year, Be Brave for Life Junior Board Member Perrin Marion ran the event and brought in over $3,000 in revenue and donations!

In 2016, the Burr and Burton Success Program came to support the event and picked over a 276 pounds of blueberries!


Theory Outlet

For an entire weekend in October, the Theory Outlet in Manchester, VT donated 10% of their sales to Be Brave and raised over $2,200!  Store manager Gretchen Rothstein came up with this fabulous idea and the whole Theory team made it possible.

Bake Sale at the Chatham Farmer’s Market

Olivia Shehadi and her Chatham, NJ friends got together and hosted a bake sale that raised over $1,500 for Be Brave!

Mr. A Party!

Cleo Bley, her mom Shannon, and Gene Albanese have hosted “Mr. A” parties two years in a row.  Kiddos get sponsors and parents give a donation to participant in this 2 hours of fun with Washington Avenue School, Chatham, NJ Gym Teacher, Gene Albanese.  Each year this event raises over $1,000 for Be Brave.

Maple Street School

The Student Council at the Maple Street School in Manchester, VT hosted a dance with local area middle school students and raised over $500 for Be Brave!

Yale Business School Students Really Care

Lucyann Murray and her team raise over $3,000 for Be Brave as part of a business school class challenge. They hosted a night at a local bar and charged a $10 cover, 100% of which was a donation.

3 Mountain Challenge Vermont

Raschid, Bob, Tom and Laura hiked up and snowboarded down three Vermont Mountains in snowy March to raise money for Be Brave! This event inspired the 2018 Be Brave for Life Challenge.

2017 Prudential Spirit of Giving National Recipient

Our founder, Riley Callen, was chosen as one of ten national honorees at the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Giving Awards. They donated $5,000 to Be Brave for Life in her honor AND she got to meet the amazing Michael Phelps.