Suport Lance Fenderson by donating to the Kelly Brush Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing adaptive sports to people living with spinal cord injuries.
Our current teams are Pod 14 (high school sophomores) and Pod 15 (high school seniors/juniors). These teams will play in Palm Springs January 18-19 to honor Lance Fenderson. Lance is a high school senior from NC who was in a lacrosse accident 5/20/19 and suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury. In addition to playing soccer and lacrosse, Lance is a professional race race driver (www.lancefenderson.com). Adaptive sports helped people living with paralysis get active, get outdoors and take part in sports they love.
About the Kelly Brush Foundation: For those who have experienced a spinal cord injury, being active can feel out of reach. The obstacles are real: physical, financial, and even the belief it is possible.
The Kelly Brush Foundation (KBF) is dedicated to making active lifestyles a reality for those who have experienced a spinal cord injury. We offer the inspiration to believe and the grants to enable anyone to buy the equipment they need to get out and go. But the KBF funds more than just recreation, because when you’re out there on the hill, road or trail, as your heart rate rises and you feel the wind on your face, disability fades away. An active lifestyle forges connections with others — both new friends and old, in and out of a chair.
The KBF was founded by Kelly and her family after Kelly was injured in 2006 at an NCAA alpine ski race. Since our founding, we’ve been committed to ski racing safety and will continue to advocate and provide resources so that every ski racer is training and competing on the safest possible venues.
BELOW: Information on past people we have honored and charities we have championed money for. Our players make a difference!
Our players & supporters have donated over $100,000 to various 501(c)3 charities for cancer research/awareness and wish-related charities! Our past teams have championed donations for Susan G. Komen in honor of Lori Beck, Project Violet (at Fred Hutch) in honor of Sam Taylor, The Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation in honor of Camron Cozzi, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of Liz Lofurno and Make-A-Wish Orange Country & The Inland Empire in honor of Josh Varnell. To learn more about those teams go to "the pods" page and click on the team photo that you want to learn more about.
So far, we have honored Lori, Sam, Cam, Liz & Josh. . .
CLICK HERE to visit Liz's Caring Bridge page and read about her journey.
CLICK HERE to watch Dr. Jim Olson's TED talk about tumor paint and why it's so critical for brain cancer patients. His research and discoveries look promising to help patients with other types of cancer too.
CLICK HERE to watch Dr. Jim Olson's TED talk about Project Violet.
CLICK HERE to read Camron Cozzi's story. Whales Pods 4 & 8 played for Cam in 2016. He is a 17 year old lax player fighting a courageous battle against DIPG brain cancer.
CLICK HERE to visit Camron's Caring Bridge page & read about his journey.
CLICK HERE to watch the story of Lauren Hill, the 19 year old basketball player who bravely fought DIPG, raised awareness and over a million dollars for research.