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TeamBrent is honored to be Suffield Academy’s charity partner for 2018-19.  

TeamBrent was created by Dana & Mike McCreesh in 2005 to battle childhood cancer alongside their three year old son Brent, who was fighting stage IV Neuroblastoma. Today Brent is 16 and focused on school and chess, not about keeping his platelets up so he can get chemo - but the fight goes on. Brent is the younger brother of Madi McCreesh, Suffield Academy class of ’19.  Madi was just four years old when TeamBrent was founded and she knows that her brother is Living Proof that we make a difference. When Brent was diagnosed, the odds for his specific diagnosis were 15-20% five year survival – today a child with the same diagnosis has a 50% chance. This is an enormous increase, but it is our turn to pay this forward until no child dies of cancer. We all rest in the shade of trees we did not plant.

Brent’s 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.

One hundred percent of dollars donated to TeamBrent are passed through to TeamBrent’s partner organizations, the Pan-Mass Challenge & the St. Baldrick's Foundation.  From 2005-2019, TeamBrent has raised over nine million dollars to fight childhood cancer.

TeamBrent has raised $5.1 million dollars for the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), the nation's original fundraising bike-a-thon.  While overall PMC funds go towards fighting cancer in general at the Dana Farber, TeamBrent’s monies target neuroblastoma.  We focus on neuroblastoma, Brent’s cancer, because it is rare and therefore does not receive much funding.  TeamBrent’s $5.1 million is a small part of the breathtaking 598 million dollars the PMC has contributed to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute since PMC’s founding in 1980. Yet, Team funds have helped create a personalized approach for relapsed neuroblastoma patients at DFCI (and are getting close to personalized upfront approach); are helping develop a vaccine to fight neuroblastoma; and helped build a dedicated treatment room to deliver targeted MIBG/radiotherapy program to relapsed Neuroblastoma children - and 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.

The Pan-Mass Challenge is a non-profit 501 ©3 organization, IRS identification number 04-2746912

TeamBrent has raised $4.1 million dollars for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which fights all types of childhood cancer, everywhere.  Brent’s family made a lot of friends along the way with a variety of cancers, and St. Baldrick's allows TeamBrent to help increase cure rates for all types of childhood cancers. TeamBrent’s $4.1 million is a small part of the $253 million the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s has funded since its first grants as an independent charity in 2005. TeamBrent's own Mike McCreesh is the current Chairman of the Board for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, in addition to his role at TeamBrent.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a non-profit 501 ©3 organization, IRS identification number 20-1173824

Donations can also be made by mail using this form.

To learn more about Suffield Academy's past charity efforts, visit:
https://www.suffieldacademy.org/page/campus-life/community-charity