About Us

The Young Associates Board (YAB) is a tax-exempt, non-profit affiliated organization of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago that is committed to providing hope for children with brain tumors.  Established in 2000 as the junior board of the Gus Foundation, the YAB conducts fundraising events aimed at young professionals and organizes a variety of service projects that directly benefit children with brain tumors and their families. The YAB is the legacy organization of the former Gus Foundation, and continues to support critical research that is either centered at, or conducted in collaboration with, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

The YAB hosts a number of unique fundraisers throughout the year, culminating each summer with the annual Run for Gus 5K race in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. YAB members also partner with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago to provide service-oriented events and programs supporting the children and families in the hematology/oncology and brain tumor clinics.

Pediatric brain tumors are the deadliest form of cancer in children, and are fatal for almost half of the children diagnosed every year. There are more than 120 different types of brain tumors making it very complicated to provide effective treatment. Despite this, only minimal funding is given annually to this cause by government agencies. Therefore, it is up to organizations like the YAB to provide funds to help improve the lives of children fighting this disease.  The YAB fulfills its mission by supporting cutting edge treatments and critical research that will hopefully lead to a cure for brain tumors.