Inspiration and History

The Gus Foundation was established in 1995 by the family and friends of Gus Evangelides, who died after a courageous battle with a malignant brain tumor in April 1995 – just three months shy of his second birthday. During its 12 year existence, the Gus Foundation raised more than $4 million for pediatric brain tumor research and became one of Children’s Memorial Hospital’s, now called Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago’s, largest affiliated organizations.

The Gus Foundation funded an Endowed Fellowship and an Endowed Chair in Neuro-Oncology. These two endowments help train the next generation of pediatric brain tumor treatment and research specialists and ensure that a top pediatric oncologist specializing in brain tumors will have the time and responsibility to treat patients and engage in research.

Although the Gus Foundation closed in 2006, the Young Associates Board carries on as its legacy organization. The YAB continues to support critical research that is either centered at, or conducted in collaboration with, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and helps make a difference in the lives of the thousands of children afflicted with brain tumors.