What We’ve Done

Thanks to the continued support of our event participants, sponsors and the community in general, The Brian Ahearn Children’s Fund has distributed over $995,000 to more than 575 families since April of 1999. In addition, the BACF has awarded $63,000 via The Brian Ahearn Memorial Scholarship to local college-bound seniors. The following are some recent examples of how the Children’s Fund has helped:

  • An 8 year-old Newburgh girl with Prader-Willi Syndrome.
  • A Central Valley family who have two children diagnosed with Hunter Syndrome which is a life threatening condition.
  • A 16 year-old Wallkill girl paralyzed in an accident.
  • A Middletown family with two young children (8 & 6) who lost their father to brain cancer in 2011. In 2014, the 6 year old was diagnosed with a form of Leukemia.
  • A Washingtonville family with two school aged children who lost their mother to cancer.
  • A 4 year-old Greenwood Lake boy in need of a bone marrow transplant.
  • A 5 year-old Monroe boy with Burkett’s Lymphoma.
  • A 9 month-old Highland Falls boy diagnosed shortly after birth with Down Syndrome, and other complications that required open heart surgery and 80 days in intensive care.
  • A 5 year-old Montgomery girl with Rett Syndrome, which involves loss of all motor skills, seizures and other maladies.
  • A Warwick family with three children who lost their mother to cancer.
  • A visually impaired 7 year-old Port Jervis boy who also non-ambulatory.
  • A 9 year-old Montgomery girl with an astrocytoma (brain tumor).
  • An 18 year-old Pine Brook boy with brain cancer.
  • A 6 year-old Walden boy with Leukemia.
  • A 1 year-old Cornwall girl with severe brain damage due to Neuropathic Gaucher’s Syndrome – Type 11. She is on a ventilator and requires 24 hour nursing care.
  • A 13 year-old Middletown boy with Stage IV Lymphoma.
  • A 15 year-old South Fallsburg boy with Renal Cell Carcinoma.
  • A Chester family with two pre-school children with multiple disabilities whose father was recently diagnosed with cancer.
  • A 7 year-old New Windsor girl with a rare heart disease that will eventually require a heart transplant.