About the Foundation

BACKGROUND

On July 26, 2006, The Bryce Michael Anderson Memorial Foundation (hereafter "The Bryce Foundation") was incorporated as a Virginia nonprofit and nonstock corporation. The Foundation is organized and operated in accordance with the rules and regulations governing tax-exempt organizations described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. On August 22, 2007, the IRS formally recognized The Bryce Foundation as being exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3). Contributions to the Foundation are deductible under section 170 of the Code.

MISSION

The mission of The Bryce Foundation is to provide assistance to research efforts on behalf of children suffering from cancer and support for their families.

  • We support research efforts aimed at the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancers.
  • We support parental education, advocacy, and financial assistance.

The creation of a non-profit charitable foundation allows us to provide direct programs to assist children with cancer and their families and work with worthy charities to accomplish our mission.

PROGRAMS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS:

HEALTHY MEALS AT GEORGETOWN

Ensuring proper nutrition during cancer battles is very important for patients and their families. We also know from experience how stale hospital food can taste after just a few days. In September 2007, The Bryce Foundation initiated its Healthy Meals Program at Georgetown University Hospital. Since then, we have provided $1,000 worth of Whole Foods gift cards each quarter to pediatric oncology patients and their families. We have received many wonderful thank you notes from families affirming how much they value the Healthy Meals Program.

The Whole Foods Market in Georgetown is under one mile from the Hospital. With lengthy hospitalization stays, it is nice, when able, for parents to get out for some fresh air while they walk (or drive) to the Whole Foods to get some healthy food for themselves (and their child when eligible and able).

The Healthy Meals cards are delivered to inpatient families at the discretion of the staff social worker. The cards come with a personalized note from the Bryce Foundation. This program provides a nice way to show families the love and the support of the community from whom they are separated during long hospital stays.

Special thanks goes to Dr. Aziza Shad and Mary Lane, MSW, at Georgetown for their help to set up and administer this worthwhile program.

Here's What the Parents are saying about the Healthy Meal Program:

We would like to thank the Bryce Foundation for donating Whole Foods gift cards as part of the Healthy Meals for families. Your organization’s generosity and the Georgetown Staff considering us for the gift card is greatly appreciated by our family.

Letter from a Parent at Georgetown University Hospital, September 2014

We thank you so much for your generous contributions. Whole Foods is a fabulous place, and healthy eating is important to us. We also appreciate your prayers.... May God bless you and the work you do for others in need - we will keep your efforts in our prayers.

Letter from a Parent at Georgetown University Hospital, May 2008

Thank you so much for the $50 Whole Food gift card you gave us. Our daughter was recently diagnosed with leukemia. The gift card was a great blessing.

Letter from a Parent at Georgetown University Hospital, April 2008

"I am the mother of a two-year old suffering from leukemia. Thank you so much for your food gift card and the understanding you have shown during this difficult time."

Letter from a Parent at Georgetown University Hospital, March 2008

I wanted to say thank you so much for the Whole Foods card.... [Our son] was hospitalized for over a week and when we got out, we were able to finally get some real good and healthy food in us.

Letter from a Parent at Georgetown University Hospital, January 2008

HAPPILY HUNGRY COOKBOOK

In 2012, the Bryce Foundation made a signficant gift to help fund Danielle Navidi's book entitled Happily Hungry, which contains special recipes for kids with cancer.

HEATHY MEALS AND GAS GIFT CARDS AT CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

In September 2008, The Foundation initiated its Healthy Meals program for the pediatric oncology unit at Children’s Hospital in Washington, DC. Modeled on our Healthy Meals program at Georgetown University Hospital, we are now providing Children’s Hospital a total of $1000 of food and gas gift cards per quarter, to assist pediatric oncology patients and their families. Special thanks to Lynn L. Hardesty, LICSW, at Children's for her help to set up and administer this program.

We're honored that you chose to expand your program to Hematology-Oncology at Children's National Medical Center, where we serve a diverse patient population from throughout the mid-Atlantic region. I wish you could see the surprise, relief, and thankfulness on the faces of these early recipients. The gift cards are so important, and we are really grateful to be able to help our families in such a meaningful way.

Letter from Lynn L. Hardesty, Manager, Patient and Family Support Program, October 2008

THE EXTRA MILE NURSING AWARD

The Bryce Foundation recognizes the importance of superior nursing care for pediatric oncology patients. In 2008, The Bryce Foundation initiated "The Extra Mile" pediatric oncology nursing award at Johns Hopkins University Hospital (JHUH). This annual award is intended to recognize and inspire excellence in pediatric oncology nursing. Patient and parent nominations are carefully evaluated and selected by professional pediatric oncology staff at JHUH. On an annual basis, The Bryce Foundation provides a $1,000 award to each of four pediatric oncology nurses selected for their excellence in compassionate care.

Congratulations to the 2016 winners of the "Extra Mile" Nursing Awards!

Laura Davis, Klara Carlson, Julia Sussan, Jessica Leitzel

Special thanks goes to Lisa Fratino, Nurse Manager, Pediatric Oncology, JHUH, and Stephanie Davis, MSW at JHUH, both of whom help implement this award program annually at the Hospital.

What Nurses are saying about the "Extra Mile"
Nursing Award which recognizes excellence in pediatric oncology:

I cannot begin to express to you how special it was to receive the excellence in nursing award from 'Brycey's foundation.' It is truly an honor and I am grateful to you both for all the time and effort you put into creating this award. I believe that it is a testament of God's love and grace in your lives that you have been able to turn your painful past experiences into future hope for others. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity, vision and courage. I am excited to see all the wonderful things that will come from the BRYCE Foundation. Thank you again!

Letter from a nursing award recipient at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, May 2008

I cannot begin to express to you how special it was to receive the excellence in nursing award from 'Brycey's foundation.' It is truly an honor and I am grateful to you both for all the time and effort you put into creating this award. I believe that it is a testament of God's love and grace in your lives that you have been able to turn your painful past experiences into future hope for others. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity, vision and courage. I am excited to see all the wonderful things that will come from the BRYCE Foundation. Thank you again!

Letter from a nursing award recipient at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, May 2008

Thank you so much for your generosity to Pediatric Oncology Nursing through the Bryce Foundation. I am honored to be a recipient of the "Go the Extra Mile" award. The Bryce Foundation is such a wonderful way to celebrate the life of Bryce while supporting Pediatric Oncology, as well as the patients and families affected. As a nurse, I feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to work with amazing patients and dedicated families such as yourself.

Letter from a nursing award recipient at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, May 2008

Just wanted to thank you once again for ... the "Extra Mile Award' for nursing excellence. It is such a wonderful tribute to the memory of Bryce and hopefully will inspire Pediatric Oncology nurses to continue to go "that extra mile" for years to come. I was deeply honored to be one of the first recipients of this award. I wish the best for... the Bryce Foundation....

Letter from a nursing award recipient at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, May 2008

Future Plans

The Bryce Foundation will continue its policy of measured growth. As financial circumstances permit, our plan is to expand our existing Healthy Meals and Nursing Award programs to other local area hospitals.

Consistent with our mission, we also plan to explore other creative programs to assist pediatric cancer patients and their families.