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It's not a grade. It's an attitude.

Kids Helping Kids Fight Cancer ®

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The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation honors the life of Andrew McDonough. Andrew battled leukemia, septic shock and complications of childhood cancer for 167 days before passing away on July 14, 2007, at the age of 14. Andrew’s B+ blood type became his family’s and friends’ motto throughout his fight against childhood cancer — to “Be Positive”.

The B+ Foundation is about Kids Helping Kids Fight Cancer — raising money through dance marathons, 5Ks, T-shirt sales and more, to provide financial and emotional support to families of children with cancer nationwide. The B+ Foundation also funds critical, cutting-edge childhood cancer research.

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I truly feel like we’ve had a place to turn to in The B+ organization. I have so much thanks in my heart for you and your donors.—B+ Hero Liam’s Mom

Our Mission

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Provide financial assistance to families of children with cancer.

We have helped thousands of families across the country — financially and emotionally — as they care for their child with cancer. Through The B+ Family Assistance Program, The B+ Foundation is one of the largest providers of financial assistance to families of kids with cancer in the United States. —Get Help Now>

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Fund research to find cures for childhood cancers and advancements in treatment protocols.

The B+ Foundation has provided research grants to institutions such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (TN), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (MA), Seattle Children’s Hospital (WA), Children’s Oncology Group, and the Nemours Center for Childhood Cancer Research (DE). With your support, there are children and teens alive today due to research funded in part by The B+ Foundation.

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Increase awareness of childhood cancer and advocate for increased research funds.

Sadly, less than 4% of the federal government’s cancer research budget is used for childhood cancer research. The B+ Foundation helped create the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer and is honored to be a member of the Alliance for Childhood Cancer to advocate for more government funds.

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Spread the B+ message!

As it says on B+ T-shirts, “It’s not a grade. It’s an attitude.” By spreading the B+ — Be Positive — message through outreach efforts and talks, we share the lessons that Andrew taught us: have fun, set goals and try your best, show affection, and be comfortable with yourself. We all need to “Live Like Andrew.”

Andrew’s Story

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The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation honors the memory of Andrew, a 14-year-old student-athlete from Wilmington, Delaware. January 27, 2007, Andrew helped lead his team to victory in a Pennsylvania state championship soccer tournament. Within 48 hours, he was in cardiac arrest. The diagnosis was AML Leukemia. The doctors didn’t expect Andrew to live through the night. Amazingly, Andrew fought for 167 days and went to Heaven on July 14, 2007.

Andrew’s life was far too brief, but he will be remembered forever for his wonderful sense of humor and kindness for all. His personality had a special magic, and his enthusiasm for life was infectious.

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Awards & Accreditations

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The B+ Foundation is a GuideStar Gold Participant

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2014 Largest 1st Year Collegiate Fundraiser in the Nation

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2013 Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) Hometown Hero Award

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2012 Philadelphia Union (MLS) Hometown Hero Award

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2012 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award National Finalist

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2009 Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) Community Quarterback Award

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2009 Philadelphia Phillies (MLB) Community Charity Honoree

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Awarded 2008 Top 100 Charities By Chase Community Giving