About the B+ Foundation
The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation honors the memory of Andrew McDonough, a 14 year old athlete and ‘A’ student at Salesianum HS from Wilmington, Delaware. Andrew went from playing four soccer games on January 27, 2007 to cardiac arrest and a diagnosis of leukemia and sepsis just 48 hours later. Andrew’s blood type and the family’s motto was, and continues to be, “B+” …“Be Positive”. Andrew’s valiant journey was chronicled by local and national media and his website received over 1,000,000 hits in the first six months. Andrew went to Heaven on July 14, 2007.
Inspired by Andrew's caring attitude and positive outlook, we established the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation. There are 3 objectives, but the overarching goal is to "Do Good" ... as Andrew did! With your help, we will continue to achieve our four specific objectives.
1. Do Good by providing financial support to families of critically ill children. To date we have helped more than 500 families in 47 states with over $400,000.
We have helped numerous families from around the country in their time of greatest need...
“I remember just crying and crying with unbelievable gratitude when I received the grant. It was on a day that I had a $3,500 injection to purchase for my daughter. I cannot tell you the positive and life-changing experience B+ hasbeen to our family. Not just with the money, but the friendships, the passion of the family, and the new supporters and friends that my daughter now has. I want to THANK the foundation, the financial supporters of the foundation, and the family and friends of Andrew McDonough."
-- S.M., mother of child with cancer
“I can’t believe anybody who did not know me would help me when I needed it. A million thanks to them…the B+ Foundation.”
-- G.W., mother of child who
passed away in March 2008
“As a kid with cancer, it was nice to know that there are people out here in the world that LOVE me and helped my family. Thank you Foundation of Andrew McDonough. Thank you a million times!”
-- K.B., 11 year old warrior with cancer
“Thank you very much for the wonderful donation. My parents used the money to pay some medical bills and I got some comic books too.”
-- R.D., 9 year old warrior with cancer
"Foundations like B+ truly understand the emotional and financial roller coaster that families impacted by pediatric cancer encounter. Your foundation is a true blessing." -- L.C., mother of child with cancer
"Words cannot express my extreme gratitude of thanks for the wonderful generosity that you have shown our family in our desperate time of need. It is comforting to know that there are still so many wonderful people that are willing to help... We are truly blessed to be included in the phenomenal B+ Nation."
--K.T., mother of child with cancer
"Thank you so much for sending my family the check... It gets hard for my family since Mom quit work to take care of me."
--A.B., teenage warrior with cancer
2. Do Good by funding medical research for pediatric cancers and improvements in chemotherapy.
We have awarded the Nemours Center for Childhood Cancer Research (DE) our first research grant for $250,000. The grant has been earmarked to fund a High-Throughput Screening device, which will accelerate the drug-discovery process to develop new chemotherapy treatments and ultimately a cure for pediatric cancer. It will accomplish in mere days what it takes a human scientist years to do! Special thanks to Dr. Rajasekaran, the director of NCCCR, and Dr. Napper, the director of the HTS Lab.
As recently as mid-2010, a discovery has been realized from the equipment that we helped purchase. This led the researchers at NCCCR to receive a six-figure grant from another organization to build upon this progress. Our grant is already bearing fruit, which is exceedingly quick. Congratulations to all the dedicated folks at NCCCR.
There will be a plaque placed on the wall next to the HTS device with a picture of Andrew that reads "In recognition of the generous support of The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation. Always remember why we work so hard -- for Andrew and all of the children fighting cancer." Article
3. Do Good by spreading the B+ message and helping others to "Live Like Andrew" -- set goals and try your best, show affection, and be comfortable with yourself.
Through outreach efforts and talks we share the lessons Andrew taught us, including: have fun, have faith in God, keep our lives in perspective, appreciate our blessings, and make time for our loved ones. In short, we need to “Live Like Andrew”.
Andrew’s father, Joe, has spoken to over 150 groups including school and church groups, service organizations such as the Kiwanis and Rotary Club, sports teams, as well as being the keynote speaker at commencement exercises. To find out more about having Joe come speak to your group, email him here.
If you'd like to contribute to the B+ Foundation, we can provide
acknowledgement letters for your tax deductible donations.
Kindly send your donations to:
Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation
101 Rockland Circle
Wilmington, DE 19803
Or donate online with your credit card.
The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation is an IRS-certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.