Tommy Ruddy was a 5 year old giggling, kind, and genuine baseball and soccer loving kiddo from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He loved sports, dancing, Penn State, and the Philadelphia Eagles! He was obsessed with everything yellow, his family and friends, electronics and being goofy. Those who love him say he had gifts of genuine kindness.

On August 12, 2016, Tommy was diagnosed with DIPG, a devastating pediatric brain cancer with no known cure.  He began his cancer journey at CHOP in Philadelphia then underwent radiation therapy at Helen Devos Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Tommy Ruddy with momUnfortunately Tommy’s tumor advanced rapidly, and he gained his angel wings less than 3 months later on November 3, 2016.  He fought so bravely and so hard.  He is now at peace with Jesus.

The ChadTough Foundation is honored to partner with Tommy’s parents, Tom & Amanda, to continue the fight against this deadliest form of pediatric cancer. The ChadTough Foundation is committed to finding a cure for DIPG so no more children are lost like Tommy and Chad.  We send our deepest sympathy to Tom & Amanda, along with the rest of Tommy’s loved ones.  He is, no doubt, running free and at peace with our beloved Chad.

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Donations by mail can be sent to:

The ChadTough Foundation
P. O. Box 907
Saline, MI 48176


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