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 raises funds through activities aimed at young professionals including social events, the Children’s Challenge, and the annual 5K Run for Gus in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. Throughout the year, 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. The YAB hosts holiday parties and a summer luau for brain tumor and hematology/oncology patients and families as well as DVD, magazine and toiletry drives.
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.