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“We will never stop fighting for the life you didn’t get to live.”

Giving Tuesday is a global movement unleashing the power of radical generosity. Now that The ChadTough Foundation and Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation have joined efforts to become ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation, we’re excited to work together, along with dozens of other families, to have the biggest #GivingTuesday the DIPG community has ever seen!


Updated December 1, 2021

On behalf of the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation, we want to express our deepest gratitude for your generosity and steadfast commitment to walk alongside us in our journey to #DefeatDIPG. Giving Tuesday was just one more example of this dedication.

Thanks to all of you, we are thrilled to share that the #Give2DefeatDIPG #GivingTuesday initiative raised more than $910,000! How did this happen?

  • 25 MATCHING PARTNERS pledged $425,000 to Double Your Impact
  • 48 FAMILIES joined our Giving Tuesday campaign
  • 67 INDIVIDUAL FUNDRAISERS took place on Facebook and Instagram
  • 2500+ DONORS gave to the campaign

The compassion and kindness you have shown us, not only on Giving Tuesday, but all year long, has guided us through some of the darkest days of our grief. And while our pain will never dull, your steady support for our mission of funding research has given us the strength to continue to fight for a cure for the deadliest form of pediatric brain cancer.

We want to especially thank all of the families who joined us as part of this Giving Tuesday effort. It means the world to stand with you in honor of all of our children. The success of the #Give2DefeatDIPG initiative is yet another example of how we are #TougherTogether.

Please join us one more time in honoring these children whose families’ lives have been devastated by a brain cancer diagnosis: Arden, Austin N., Austin S., Avani, Callie, Cameron, Caroline, Carson, Chad, Charlie, Chika, Colt, Connor, Dara, Eliana, Elijah, Elita, Emerson, Emma, Eugenio, Grant, Harrison, Hudson, Hunter B., Hunter J., Jack C., Jack O., Jax, Julian, Kambria, Libby, Lexys, Lucy, Luke, Madison, Mattie, Michael, Mirah, Nicole, Owen, Parker, Patrick, Raegan, Sophia, Sophie, Tommy, Vivian, and Vivienne.

We are determined to save the lives of future children who face DIPG, and YOU are a part of that mission. 

Together, We Will Defeat DIPG.

The Carrs and The Mosiers

Warriors in the Fight


Our amazing friend Londyn is one of the many inspirations for our work to Defeat DIPG. Londyn is 6 months from diagnosis, and is currently enrolled in the ONC201 clinical trial through Dr. Carl Koschmann at Michigan Medicine.  Londyn has been responding well and her latest scans look great. Please join us in sending positive thoughts to Londyn and her family for continued success!


Ryder Knechtle (Rally for Ryder) was diagnosed with DIPG on July 12, 2020.  He is a happy, active 5 year old who enjoys puppies, superheroes, and playing with his two older brothers. After taking part in the ONC201 clinical trial, Ryder is doing exceptionally well and his tumor has remained stable.

“The most important thing I’ve learned throughout this journey is to never give up hope!  When we first learned of Ryder’s diagnosis, we almost did.  But in talking to other DIPG families, we found it and are holding on tight in the hope that new research will change the outcome for Ryder and so many other kids fighting.” – Jenna Henn Knechtle


Mason is 5 years old and has been fighting DIPG since this past May.  This summer, he underwent 30 rounds of radiation while his family searched for new trials and options that might guide them on the next step of their journey.

Time is not on your side with DIPG.  From the moment of diagnosis, parents are racing against the clock to find a miracle for their kids. This is why your donations and funding for research is so critical.

Matching Donors

A special thank you to our 2021 matching donors.

Mary & Jon Aaron

Kathleen & John Beilein

Kristen & Jim Boccher

James Colica

The Rives Family

The Family of Vivian Rose Weaver

Jan & John Hamilton

Carolyn & Peter Mertz

The Owen “O” Petrzelka Family

Bill & Sharon Stein

Laurie & Tim Wadhams

The Priestap Family

The William & Mildred Kaplan Foundation

Debbie & Mike Tirico