How Can YOU Help ChadTough This Year?

Thank you for your interest in raising funds to benefit the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation!

ChadTough Defeat DIPG is dedicated to raising awareness and research dollars for pediatric brain cancer, the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children, with an emphasis on diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a particularly deadly form for which there are nearly ZERO long-term survivors.

For questions about any of the following information, please contact Amy Lepore at

Foundation Guidelines

When hosting an event that benefits the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation, we have a few guidelines that we request you follow:

  • Do not use the words “ChadTough” or “Defeat DIPG” in your event’s official name to avoid confusion with foundation-hosted events. You are welcome, however, to add the phrase “to benefit the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation” after your event name if you like.
  • Publicity for your event should not imply that the event is sponsored or co-sponsored by the foundation and/or that ChadTough Defeat DIPG is in any way involved except as the event’s beneficiary.
  • Do not use the foundation’s official trademarked logo when promoting your event. We have specific, approved versions of our logo for people to use when promoting an event for which we are a beneficiary (see our Ideas & Tools section below). These “benefiting” logos should not be edited or altered in any way.
  • Other foundation trademarks that should not be used without permission include the orange Strong Boy figure and the phrase “Defeat DIPG.”
  • We are happy to review any of your promotional materials or designs to ensure they adhere to these guidelines. They can be sent to Amy Lepore at

How We Can Help

ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation is grateful for your interest in fundraising on our behalf, and we want your efforts to be successful. We are happy to provide the following:

  • We will add your fundraiser or event to our Upcoming Events section if you fill out our Fundraiser Information Request Form & Agreement.
  • If you tag us in your event’s social media posts, we will share your efforts on our Facebook and/or Instagram stories as we are able. (Please note that we cannot link directly to GoFundMe or other fundraising platforms.)
  • We will thank you post-event on our social media if fundraising details and a photo are provided.
  • While we are unable to create original content to support your fundraiser or event, please check out our Ideas & Tools section below for help.
  • You are welcome to create a fundraiser on this site, with all donations coming directly to the foundation. Depending on your event’s specific needs, we may be able to suggest alternate fundraising platforms as well.
  • Appearances by a representative of the foundation will be considered based on availability and location. To make your request, please contact Amy Lepore at
  • All donations made online through the ChadTough Defeat DIPG website or by check payable directly to ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation will receive a tax receipt/thank you letter. Unfortunately, we cannot provide tax receipts for donations that do not come to the foundation directly.

Ideas & Tools

Not sure where to start? Check out this list of ideas that have worked for other foundation supporters.

Tools to Help You Market Your Event

ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation is in the process of developing tools and templates to support your fundraising efforts. We welcome your feedback on them and your suggestions about new tools for the future. Please note that these tools/images may not be edited or altered beyond adding your own event info.

“Benefiting” logo(s)
“Proud supporter” banner (3×5 horizontal)
Approved photos of Michael and Chad and their families

More tools coming soon!

Other Tips

Here are some tips to help make your fundraiser successful:

  • Make the first donation or pledge — no one likes to go first, so do it yourself!
  • Use an “inside out” fundraising strategy. Start with your core connections (family and close friends), then move on to your wider social circle (neighbors, acquaintances from clubs or groups), then target other regular contacts (co-workers or classmates) before engaging the local community. This helps you build momentum by focusing on people you know best first, gaining confidence as you go.
  • Involve your friends — having a fundraising team that works together can expand your network and reach!
  • Understand the foundation’s mission and be able to share it with your fundraising ask. Helping people understand the need will lead to greater success.
  • Promote your fundraiser via social media to spread awareness and ask friends and family to share your posts. Don’t forget to post regular updates about your fundraising progress!
  • Create a planning checklist that includes items like the following:
    • Decide what type of fundraiser you intend to hold
    • Select an appropriate name for your event (using the guidelines listed earlier on this page)
    • Determine the date, time, and location of your event and get any relevant permissions needed
    • Set a fundraising goal for how much you’d like to raise — be realistic!
    • Create an event budget, including expected expenses and revenue
    • Decide how you plan to raise funds (selling tickets? through sponsorship? t-shirt sales? silent auction?)
    • Determine who your audience is and how you intend to reach them.
    • Fill out our Fundraising Information Request Form & Agreement.