central nervous central tumors are caused by Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas.
Three hundred children are diagnosed with DIPG each year in the United States, and from doctor’s visits to diagnosis, families usually find themselves walking alone in unfamiliar territory.
It is this sense of uncertainty that inspired Sharday Richardson to create The Forever Moriah Foundation, so that impacted families would know that they aren’t alone.
For families undergoing the seeming helplessness of a DIPG diagnosis, the Forever Moriah Foundation stands as a shoulder to cry on; an outlet to celebrate the strength of each child who undergoes this experience and a helping hand, all led by a founder that underwent the same journey.
The organization works to design safe spaces for families with children diagnosed with DIPG, and believes that with a guiding hand every step of the way, along with encouragement, positively and hope, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
September was observed as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and the Foundation set the goal of raising $12,000 to benefit childhood cancer research.
Moriah would’ve turned 12 years old this year, and the organization’s wish is to continue to honor her by helping to fund a cure for DIPG.
Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the U.S. Every two minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer in this country, yet only four percent of cancer funding is earmarked for childhood cancer research.