The Brian Bedell 2-Young Foundation Donates $60,000 To Angels Among Us

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The Brian Bedell 2-Young Foundation has donated $60,000 to Angels Among Us, a 5k run and fun walk held on April 1, 2006 to benefit the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University.

The Brian Bedell 2-Young Foundation today announced that it has donated $60,000 to Angels Among Us, a 5k run and fun walk held on April 1, 2006 to benefit the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University.

The Brian Bedell 2-Young Foundation was established in 2004 by Brian and his wife Amy to help find a cure for brain cancer. They wanted the foundation to become a positive force for others dealing with a brain tumor diagnosis, and to help them cope with this formidable opponent.

“Each year, more than 185,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor,” said Dr. Henry Friedman, co-director of the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke. “At Duke, we are dedicated to aggressively continuing to search for new ways to treat and cure brain tumors in order to improve and prolong lives. The funds raised through Angels Among Us are essential to our quest, and the incredible donation from The Brian Bedell 2-Young Foundation will help get us that much closer to finding a cure for brain tumors.”

A native of northern Virginia, Brian Bedell was diagnosed with a grade IV glioblastoma brain tumor on Sept. 8, 2003. Brian was forced to leave his job at the American Red Cross to courageously battle this disease. His treatment included radiation, chemotherapy and participation in experimental clinical trials at the Brian Tumor Center at Duke. After bravely battling a brain tumor for 20 months, Brian died peacefully at his home on May 23, 2005, just two days after the Northern Virginia Wiffle® Ball World Series (a fundraising event held in his honor). Brian was so determined not to miss this special day - and with God's blessing, he willed his way through and even cheered from the stands during the final charity games. He displayed the strength, courage and inspiration that embodies what Brian and his foundation stands for.

The Brian Bedell 2-Young Foundation decided to donate its fundraising proceeds to Angels Among Us after Brian and Amy participated in the Angels Among Us fundraising event for the Brain Tumor Center at Duke last year. The Brain Tumor Center at Duke is internationally recognized as a leader in the research and treatment of brain tumors. It was here where Brian was given groundbreaking treatments by a caring medical staff, and more importantly, hope that helped to sustain him throughout his brave battle. Because of this and his experience with Angels Among Us, it was Brian's wish that The Brian Bedell 2-Young Foundation be a part of this important event.

“We are so proud to be able to support the great work of Angels Among Us and the Brain Tumor Center at Duke,” said Amy Bedell, president of The Brian Bedell 2-Young Foundation. “Brian and I were so inspired after participating in the Angels Among Us event last year. It underscored just how many people are affected by brain cancer and how important it is to keep fighting.”

About The Brian Bedell 2-Young Foundation

The Brian Bedell 2-Young Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to increasing the number of survivors of brain tumors exponentially and to the belief that this disease can be beaten. Those diagnosed with brain cancer are too young to have this disease, and too young to give up. The Brian Bedell 2-Young Foundation is a positive force to other patients and their families who are battling brain cancer, and supports the incredible research that is being conducted at places like The Brain Tumor Center at Duke University. Join the foundation on August 19, 2006 for their annual fundraiser, the Northern Virginia Wiffle® Ball World Series held in Vienna, Va. at Waters Field. For more information about The Brian Bedell 2-Young Foundation or the Northern Virginia Wiffle® Ball World Series visit http://www.brianbedell.org.

About Angels Among Us

Angels Among Us is a family-friendly day, held on April 1, 2006, filled with activities for the whole family. The day begins with a 5K run through the Duke campus, and also features a beautiful family walk through the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. It is a wonderful day filled with entertainment, area mascots, hands-on activities for the children, refreshments, children's prizes and much, much more. Angels Among Us is a celebration of life, strength, courage and commitment. For more information about Angels Among Us visit http://www.angelsamongus.org.

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