The B+ Foundation
It's not a grade. It's an attitude.
The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation honors the life of Andrew McDonough who battled leukemia, septic shock and complications of childhood cancer for 167 days before passing away on July 14, 2007, at the age of 14. Andrew’s blood type became his family and friends’ motto throughout his fight against childhood cancer — they did their best to “Be Positive”.
The B+ Foundation is about Kids Helping Kids Fight Cancer — raising money through dance marathons, 5Ks, T-shirt sales and more, to provide financial and emotional support to families of children with cancer nationwide. The B+ Foundation also funds critical, cutting-edge childhood cancer research.
The B+ Mission
Provide financial assistance to families of children with cancer.
B+ has helped thousands of families across the country — financially and emotionally — as they care for their child with cancer. Through The B+ Family Assistance Program, The B+ Foundation is one of the largest providers of financial assistance to families of kids with cancer in the United States. —Get Help Now>
Fund research to find cures for childhood cancers and advancements in treatment protocols.
The B+ Foundation has provided research grants to institutions such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (TN), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (MA), Seattle Children’s Hospital (WA), Children’s Oncology Group, and the Nemours Center for Childhood Cancer Research (DE). With your support, there are children and teens alive today due to research funded in part by The B+ Foundation.
Increase awareness of childhood cancer and advocate for increased research funds.
Sadly, less than 4% of the federal government’s cancer research budget is used for childhood cancer research. The B+ Foundation helped create the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer and is honored to be a member of the Alliance for Childhood Cancer to advocate for more government funds.
Spread the B+ message!
As it says on B+ T-shirts, “It’s not a grade. It’s an attitude.” By spreading the B+ — Be Positive — message through outreach efforts and talks, we share the lessons that Andrew taught us: have fun, set goals and try your best, show affection, and be comfortable with yourself. We all need to “Live Like Andrew.”
*Information cited from “About.” B+, bepositive.org/about/.