TeamBrent was created in 2005 to battle childhood cancer alongside 3 year old Brent who was fighting stage IV Neuroblastoma. Today he is a survivor with little recollection of his treatment. Brent is focused on school and chess, not about keeping his platelets up so he can get chemo - but the fight goes on. He is living proof that your efforts make a difference. It is our hope that someday no child dies of cancer.
We all rest in the shade of trees we did not plant
His family couldn't have made it through his treatment without their incredible friends, family and community. All of that positive energy was motivating for the family, who drew strength from the support. So many people wanted to help fight the disease - all that energy and strength was channeled into what we now call TeamBrent.
TeamBrent is a group of hundreds and hundreds of people who want to each do their part to fight childhood cancer. "Together we make a difference." And we do. TeamBrent has raised eight million dollars to fight childhood cancer. This money makes a difference in the fight. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in the US. Every 3 ½ minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer. Every 4 hours a child loses their life to childhood cancer. Yet childhood cancer receives such a small part of monies from events that are not purely dedicated to children. And that is ok - monies are needed to fight ALL cancers. But please keep in mind that: the American Cancer Society directed less than half a penny to childhood cancer research for every dollar of public support (Total public support: $1,008,000,000 and total directed at childhood cancer research: $4,200,000 . Source:ACS ); the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society directed two cents to childhood cancer research for every dollar of public support (Total public support: $287,625,00 and total directed at childhood cancer research: almost $6,000,000. Source LLS ); and the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) federal budget last year was $4.6 billion. Of that, breast cancer received 12%, prostate cancer received 7%, and all 12 major groups of pediatric cancers combined received less than 3%. It is so important to support those organizations AND events dedicated to children. It matters. Forty years ago a child diagnosed with cancer had less than a ten percent chance of survival - today 78% overall are cured. We need to continue this trend.
Our two flagship events are St. Baldrick's and the PanMassChallenge.
We hold head shaving events for the St. Baldrick's Foundation where participants shave their heads in exchange for donations towards research. It's a simple concept, a fun time and a very effective fundraiser, with each participant raising awareness and funds to fight childhood cancer and becoming a walking billboard for the cause. The monies go to fight all types of childhood cancer, everywhere. The generosity and spirit during this event amaze us. The St. Baldrick's Foundation does so much good with their money - St. Baldrick's funds more childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. Government (including grants to Yale's Pediatric Oncology department, many fellowships for Neuroblastoma research and grants for survivorship.)
We also ride the PanMassChallenge. This is the nation's original fundraising bike-a-thon and today raises more money than any other athletic fundraising event in the country. In January, riders commit to ride 192 miles in the August bike ride, and they collect pledges to do this. The PMC has contributed a breathtaking half a billion dollars to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute since its founding in 1980. TeamBrent has partnered with Dr. Lisa Diller, Clinical Director of Pediatric Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children's Hospital Boston; Chief Medical Officer, Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, to launch a vaccine to fight neuroblastoma - among other things. In the past we helped build a dedicated treatment room to deliver targeted MIBG/radiotherapy program to relapsed Neuroblastoma children and so much more. This research team at DFCI/BCH has really made a difference, with hundreds of children being treated thanks to therapies provided by our small team. This is huge, this is real, and this is wonderful. Please check out the TeamBrent PMC page for details. It is an exciting time for us. The PMC now donates 100 % of every rider raised dollar - a pass-through rate that is nearly unparalleled in the $1.5 billion athletic fundraising event industry.
Yes, TeamBrent focuses on St. Baldrick’s in the spring and the PMC in the late summer, but we are broader than that. We try to fight all year long. We run marathons, we have a special ravioli named after Brent which generates ongoing revenue (thank you Cinch Food), we have hockey tournaments, triathlons, music festivals (Brentapalooza), trunk shows, bake sales, lemonade stands, game drives, a youth obstacle course and so much more.
We ARE making a difference.
And we don't just raise money. We raise awareness too...
TeamBrent spread awareness through a national Neuroblastoma PSA which ran in millions of copies of InStyle, Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, Town and Country, Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Money, Fortune Small Business and Inc throughout the US.
TeamBrent spread awareness seven years in a row through an ad in the Fairfield County editions of Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and The Week promoting our St. Baldrick's celebration (60,000 + impacts each year).
And we help in other ways..
TeamBrent has helped others via much needed blood and platelet donations. The impact of this cannot be overstated. During Brent's treatment he received blood and platelet transfusions nearly every other day. He was one child going through treatment. The amount of blood and platelets needed for childhood cancer patients is astronomical and this is something we can all do to help.
TeamBrent has registered 116 people for the Be the Match bone marrow registry.
TeamBrent has received numerous honors from organizations for their efforts to fund research for pediatric cancer. It truly is a group effort and each award recognizes all of the members – as TeamBrent is nothing more than a collection of great, genuine, positive, make a difference people. Channeled. Together we make a difference.
Moffly Light a Fire Award 2014, Best Health Advocates Award
PMC Heavy Hitter Keynote Speakers 2011
Princess Ball 2008 - 2016, charity recipient
formal-father daughter galas to celebrate the next generation of philanthropic girls as they dance the night away with the most important man in their life, while raising awareness and money for local children's charities.
Vineyard Vines fall catalogue 2010, two page feature, Click here to view.
Channel 12 Hometown Heroes April 2009, extensive segment aired repeatedly
Fatherhood Award 2008, National Fatherhood Initiative, Washington DC -
awarded to Mike McCreesh for TeamBrent/ Previous Awardees include Tom Selleck, James Earl Jones, Alan Thick; Dr. Stephen Covey, Tim Russet, Neil Cavuto, FedEx CEO Fred Smith, President and Publisher of Forbes Magazine James Berrien; NBA player Allan Houston, pollster George Gallup,NASCAR driver Dale Jarrett and more.
Kochan Award 2007
awarded to Michael and Dana McCreesh for TeamBrent/ Dr. Kochan valued service to his community and the profession of dentistry. Each year an award is given in his honor to celebrate the efforts of people who work tirelessly to improve the world around them.
Best Life Magazine Hero Dad Award 2007
awarded to Mike McCreesh for TeamBrent/ Award for those making a difference.
Key to a Cure Saks/Greenwich 2007
Dana McCreesh was chosen by CancerCare of Connecticut as one of four volunteer models for its Viva La Cure Fashion Show at Saks Fifth Avenue, Greenwich CT. The women were recognized by CancerCare of Connecticut for making a difference to the cause.