Thank you!

We are grateful for the hard work of every host who organizes an event in support of ChadTough.

Together, we can bring hope for the future and envision a world where all kids diagnosed with brain cancer can live out their dreams.

Thinking of hosting your own event to support ChadTough? We’ve got you covered: ChadTough Guide for Hosting a Fundraiser


13Sophie Strong Softball Tournament

In memory of Sophie Varney

Hosted by South Portage Little League Baseball

A member of Portage Central’s class of 2022, Sophie Varney’s memory lives on and culminated to touching the greater Kalamazoo-area softball community in the fifth annual ‘Sophie Strong’ Classic. Only this time, it wasn’t just a game, it was an six-team tournament with all proceeds benefiting the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation.

Where: Portage, MI


21Monroe Middle School Student vs Staff Basketball Game

Hosted by Monroe Middle School

Cheer on the Monroe Middle School Students during their basketball game versus the Middle School Staff on March 21st 2024 to benefit the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation. The game will start at 1:45pm.

Monroe Middle School is a returning supporter of the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation.





When: March 21, 2024
Where: Monroe, MI

1Michigan Baseball Mustache MarchRaised $377

Hosted by the Michigan Baseball Team

Mustache March has arrived! The Michigan baseball team has participated in Mustache March and have selected ChadTough Defeat DIPG as the recipient foundation for our donations. We hope you can donate with us and support our cause to help raise money for a great foundation that is very connected to the UM community. Our goal during Mustache March is to use our platform as student-athletes to contribute to a cause greater than ourselves. Thank you in advance for any donations and Go Blue!

When: March 1st - March 31st, 2024
Where: Ann Arbor, MI

1Team WillieSmac March Madness ChallengeRaised $5,558

In honor of William McKone

Hosted by William McKone's family

About 120 people from every stage of our lives, from our extended family, to Will’s buddies, Lindsey’s classmates and teammates, Lisa’s and my friends since kindergarten to present, including parents of our newest family – ChadTouch Defeat DIPG participated in the Team WillieSmac March Madness Challenge.

Where: Virtual


11Kids’ Bingo at The Paintbrush Art StudioRaised $250

In memory of Maggie, Lilian, and Theo

Hosted by The Paintbrush Art Studio in Chicago

The Paintbrush Art Studio is raising funds for ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation at their very first Kids’ BINGO Day on Sunday February 25th from 12:00 – 2:30pm. For kids aged 4 – 10 years old.
Kids will be guided in the creation of their own BINGO cards and then play for fabulous prizes including ART supplies, games and toys, and GCs to The Paintbrush and other local kid-friendly businesses! Snacks will be served. ALL proceeds will be donated to the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation to help fund research for this 100% fatal form of pediatric cancer. To donate prizes or to help offset the cost of this event, please email or text 773.636.1968.


When: February 11, 2024
Where: Chicago, IL


27LucyLove Hockey GameRaised $2,800

In honor of Lucy Sieck

Hosted by Jill Passwater (Lucy's aunt)

Second annual event put on by the hockey team of Jill Passwater’s son (Lucy’s aunt). This charity hockey game features M1 Griffins vs Clarkston at the John Lindell Arena, 1403 Lexington Blvd, Royal Oak.
Puck drop is at 7:15pm.


When: January 27, 2024
Where: Royal Oak, MI


31Hempfield School Casual DaysRaised $1,520

In memory of Benjamin Reinhold

Hempfield School District

This school organizes Casual Days in memory of Benjamin Reinhold. The proceeds are donated to the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation.


When: January 1st - December 31st 2023
Where: Landisville, PA

31No Shave NovemberRaised $1,925

In Memory of Luke Engler

Fundraiser in memory of Luke Engler.

When: November 1st - November 30th 2023
Where: Derwood, MD

31Lake Reflections Fundraiser – Clear Spring LakeRaised $1,475

Hosted by Caryn Roe-MacDonald

Caryn Roe-MacDonald shares our mission and raises money in her neighborhood for the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation.


When: January 1st - December 31st 2023
Where: Shelby Township, MI

31Nashville Victors Watch PartiesRaised $1,500

In memory of Chad Carr

Beyond the Edge

The Big House of Nashville, TN organizes Michigan Football Watch parties and proceeds go to our ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation.


When: January 1st - December 31st 2023
Where: Nashville, TN

31Sincerely Gretchen Fundraiser (2023)Raised $940

In memory of Gretchen Weng

Hosted by Meghan O'Neill

Gretchen Weng passed away from Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) in October of 2023. As her very close friends, we hoped to raise awareness and donate money to fund DIPG research and support patients. Every donation counts!


When: January 1st - December 31st 2023
Where: Online


27Birdies for the Kids – EugenioRaised $8,532

In memory of Eugenio Santin

Hosted by the Santin Familu

Our family partners the Santin family hosted a golf event in honor of their son Eugenio who passed away with DIPG on August 17, 2015.


When: November 18, 2023
Where: Puerto Vallarta

25Donate the Score FundraiserRaised $769

General football fans (OSU and UofM) donate the score of the annual OSU vs UofM game.


When: November 25, 2023
Where: Ann Arbor, MI

24Mackenzie Bennett Golf OutingRaised $3,300

In memory of Mackenzie Bennett

Hosted by the Annual One Club Tournament - Kevin Burritt

Another year is upon us and it’s time to play the annual One Club Tournament in Hilton, NY. This tournament is organized in memory of Mackenzie Bennett who passed away of DIPG. Proceeds will go to the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation. Some of the money raised is donated to the “Friends of Friends” and help families at Christmas time that are in need. Here’s a rundown for those that may be new:
  • $50 per golfer
  • 9 holes of golf (only allowed to use “1” club)
  • We go out in large groups so don’t plan on setting up a foursome.
  • After party gathering at Fosters Restaurant in Hilton. Garbage plate buffet, 3 drinks included with your entry fee and Chinese Auction.
  • 50/50 tickets
  • Buttonwood Golf Course
If you are interested in donating auction prizes, gift baskets, etc…please reach out to Kevin Burritt through Facebook messenger. He is looking forward to seeing all of you awesome people and having another great year at this amazing event!!


When: November 24, 2023
Where: Hilton, NY

14Corn Maze for a Cause – Brookfield PumpkinsRaised $1,300

In honor of Kyle Stine

Hosted by Brookfield Pumpkins

When you purchase your corn maze admissions ($5 for adults, $2.50 for children), you get to select which charity will receive the money from your corn maze admission! Part of the 2023 season admissions was donated to the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation in honor of the life of Kyle Stine.


When: November 14, 2023
Where: Thurmont, MD

1St. Mary’s School – Fundraising DayRaised $4,146

In honor of Finn Cusick

St. Mary’s School held a Fall Festival and a student Tag Day at the school, in honor of Finn Cusick.


When: November 1, 2023
Where: Bryantown, MD


29Bake Sale in Memory of MichaelRaised $185

In memory of Michael Mosier

Hosted by Zoe Vermaas

Zoe Vermaas, the 10-year-old daughter of Mosier friends Rita & Rob Vermaas, organized a bake sale in memory of Michael Mosier.


When: October 29, 2023
Where: Bethesda, MD

27Brunch with BabsRaised $123,169

Everyone’s favorite grandmother, Barbara “Babs” Costello, will be teaming up with ChadTough Defeat DIPG to host the inaugural ChadTough’s Brunch with Babs.

Babs has become a social media sensation with over 2 million Instagram followers and over 3 million on TikTok by posting recipes, household tips, and seasonal ideas. Babs will bring her expertise to this “kick off to the holidays” brunch, where she will create a fall tablescape, talk recipes, and even share a signature cocktail with you. All proceeds will benefit ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation!

Babs is supporting ChadTough Defeat DIPG through this event in honor of our Family Partner, Team Owen. Owen Petrzelka, who lost his battle to DIPG in 2021 at the age of six, was the grandson of Babs’ dear friends, Anthony and Lucy Shaker.


When: October 27, 2023
Where: Birmingham, MI

27Help Defeat DIPG One Kick at a TimeRaised $7,767

Hosted by Quinn Wilkerson

Quinn Wilkerson: Please support me by pledging or donating for every kick during my 2023 football season for my fundraising campaign. I have chosen to raise money based on every kickoff, punt, PAT and field goal, it takes every kick to help Defeat DIPG.


When: August 1st - October 27th, 2023
Where: Ann Arbor, MI

26Chipotle Give Back Night – Noah KleinRaised $502

In memory of Noah Klein

Hosted by Chipotle

Have dinner at Chipotle during their Give Back Night in memory of Noah Klein. Some of the proceeds go to the Chadtough Defeat DIPG Foundation.


When: October 26, 2023
Where: Lake Worth, FL

22Because of Noah Softball TournamentRaised $127,838

In memory of Noah Klein

ChadTough’s Family Partner, the Klein family, held a softball tournament and home run derby to honor their son Noah and raised funds for game-changing childhood brain cancer research.


When: October 22, 2023
Where: Lake Worth, FL

20Jim Riehl’s Friendly Chrysler-Jeep Jeans DayRaised $270

Hosted by Jim Riehl's Friendly Chrysler-Jeep

Jim Riehl’s Friendly Chrysler Jeep company organized a jeans day and raised $270 for the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation.


When: October 20, 2023
Where: Warren, MI

14Lila Mosier Seven Locks School Fall FestivalRaised $315

In memory of Michael Mosier

Presented by Lila Mosier

A great time at the Seven Locks Elementary Fall Festival! Lila, Laila, Elena & Rachel shared Michael’s story & the work of @chadtough.


When: October 14, 2023
Where: Bethesda, MD

13Haunted HallowsRaised $512

In honor of Lilian Blackman

Hosted by Jeff Woodrey

Event organized by Jeff Woodrey in honor of two cousins he lost to brain tumors. Jeff combines his two passions – Halloween and helping others.


When: October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 30-31
Where: Godwin, NC

13Mother Catherine Academy FundraiserRaised $525

In memory of Finn Cusick

Hosted by Mother Catherine Academy

Fundraiser in honor of Finn Cusick, a local boy diagnosed with DIPG on November 17, 2022.


When: October 13, 2023
Where: Mechanicsville, MD

3WERLD Golf Outing (Whirlpool)Raised $340

Hosted by Whirlpool

WERLD Golf Outing (Whirlpool)



When: October 3, 2023


30Zingerman’s ChadWink SandwichRaised $2,000

In memory of Chad Carr

Hosted by Zingerman's Delicatessen

Order a special ChadWink sandwich at Zingerman’s Deli and they will donate $4 for each sandwhich sold during the month of September. This opportunity was made possible by the generosity of the Zatkoff family.



When: September 1st - 30th, 2023
Where: Ann Arbor, MI

25Taco Bob Round-Up WeekRaised $1,000

In memory of Sophie Varney

Hosted by Taco Bob's

Thank you to our wonderful customers for the support you showed during the Taco Bob Birthday Foundation fundraising week. It was a great success. The Taco Bob Foundation also rounded up to provide a check for $1,000 each to Chadtough defeat DIPG and Neighbors United.


When: September 25, 2023
Where: Portage, MI

23RunTough for Team Owen (2023)Raised $123,657

This 4th Annual RunTough for Team Owen is virtual, so you can run wherever and whenever you like, in honor of Owen Petrzelka, who passed away at the age of 6. Local to Chicago? Join the fun at a block party in Oak Park, IL on September 23, hosted by the Petrzelka/Shaker family.


When: September 23, 2023
Where: Oak Park, IL

23#BayItForward Baylor Nichols fundraiserRaised $8,000

In memory of Baylor Nichols

Hosted by Marker 48 Brewing

This year is the 5th Annual Toy Drive in memory of Baylor Nichols. The toy drive collection begins August 1st and ends September 23rd with the #BayItForward Fundraising Event at Marker 48 Brewing from 4-8pm. Baylor would have been in 4th grade this year.


When: August 1st - September 23rd, 2023
Where: Brooksville, FL