From August 1 – October 31, our Rise to the Challenge participants worked together and travelled across the country and back again!

They covered 7650 miles together raising funds and awareness for Be Brave for Life!

Thank YOU to all of our participants and donors!

This summer, while we’re all stuck at home, Be Brave for Life is asking you to Rise to the Challenge and help us travel virtually from our founder Riley’s hometown of Pawlet, VT to San Francisco, CA, then back to Vermont. That’s right, from coast to coast and back again – 6000 miles! We’re going to work together as we raise money and awareness for non-cancerous brain tumor research.

Covid-19 has changed many of our plans this year, so instead of our usual Hike-a-Thon, we’re hosting a virtual challenge. We hope you will join us! You can walk, hike, run, bike, swim, jump on a pogo stick (if that’s your thing) or all of the above and more! Ask your friends and family to sponsor you as you log miles in whichever activity you choose. Sponsors can give a set amount or give per mile. 

Once you register, you will receive a weekly email asking for your mileage. We’ll add up everyone’s miles and send out weekly updates to let you know how far we’ve gone. We’re hoping to make it all the way across the USA! As we send updates, we’ll let you know where we are and include some fun sites from that part of the country. We’ll also highlight participants along the way and there will be prizes at the end!

We have incentives along the way to keep you moving: raise $100 to receive a t-shirt, raise $500 to receive a Yeti water bottle and raise $1000 to receive a rainbow tie-dye hoodie!

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Watch as we Rise to the Challenge together!


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.


Past Campaigns


Be Brave for Life Hike-A-Thon 2015, 2016,  2017, 2018, 2019

Our signature event! The Be Brave For Life Hike-A-Thon is more than a fundraiser for brain tumor and cavernous malformation 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.


1st Annual Apple Jack Kickball Tourney

This Spring Be Brave & the Manchester Rec. hosted the 1st Annual Apple Jack Kickball Tourney – over 24 teams participated with over 200 people. What a blast we had!


Golfing for a Cure – 100+ Holes of Golf

In 2019, Dillon Callen, Sam Smith, Cameron Adler, Chapin Eyre, Emma Tobin, Grace Sherwood, Julia Dapron, Lily Spencer, Grace McDonald, Carson Cutler, Grayson & Noah Rourke, Aiden & Cooper Garvey – set out to play 100 holes of golf in one day to support Be Brave. They secured sponsorship per hole from friends and family. Together, the boys played 100 holes in 14 hours and raised of $20,000!

In 2018, Dillon Callen, Sam Smith, Cameron Adler and Carson Cutler played 100 holes and raised of $14,000!


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.