The Pray~Hope~Believe Foundation (PHBF) was established to honor the memory of Tony Merk - a 6-year-old boy who died on July 4, 2011 after an almost three-year battle with brain cancer. The PHBF provides funding for pediatric brain tumor research, supports children/teens who have a life-threatening condition, and honors the memory of Tony Merk through scholarships. We also hope to increase awareness of pediatric brain cancers in order to find more effective treatments with fewer significant long-term side effects. PHBF primarily supports research conducted at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. We aim to support innovative research projects with an emphasis not only upon ridding the body of cancer, but also minimizing the long-term, serious side effects of treatment. "Pray~Hope~Believe" became the theme for Tony's journey on earth and is now his family's theme for living and healing.
For more information contact us:
c/o Rick and Lynne Merk
P.O. Box 53236
Cincinnati OH 45253
PHBF is a proud supporter of DIPG Collaborative. An association of foundations unified with the mission of efficiently funding and inspiring diffuse instrinsic pontine glioma cancer research in the hopes of finding a wider cure for cancer. As part of an initiative of the DIPG.org Symposium meeting in March 2011, over 13 foundations met with researchers and cancer experts from around the world in the hopes of raising dedicated funds allowing for long-term protocols and registry data.
In Memory of Tony Merk