Raymour & Flanigan has chosen to honor and support Making Headway at a fun, family event this weekend in North Brunswick, NJ. They are hosting a free afternoon of activities, kid’s yoga, face-painting, a photo booth, and more to support our mission. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the fun.
– Sunday, April 21st, 1pm-6pm.
– Raymour & Flanigan, 1471 US Route 1 South, North Brunswick, NJ 08902.


2018 Spring Show – Airplay

On Sunday April 8, hundreds of families attended a special Broadway Show at the New Victory Theater. One of the many ways that Making Headway works with families is through annual events, like our spring Broadway Show (now in its 22nd year). Each family who attended has a child diagnosed with a brain or spinal cord tumor. Each family has endured unimaginable pain and hardship; yet on this day the theater is filled with smiles, hugs, and the joy of laughing children. They all share a common bond and experience, which creates a unique feeling that only “family” can provide.

Event pictures here.

Student Athletes Raises Funds for Cancer Research, Let’s Help

Millennials have been called many things, but they aren’t often acknowledged for their consistent and generous support for charities. This passion to give back is exemplified in the upcoming 4th Annual Greeley All-Athlete Walkathon.  More than a dozen local athletic teams are coming together to support Making Headway and Pediatric/Adolescent cancer research and programs that assist these children and their families.   Help support their effort by attending the event or donating to the cause.  To donate or learn more, visit https://chuffed.org/project/greeley. #giving

Download Flyer Here

Making Headway 2017 Family Yacht Cruise

Last weekend, Over 200 guests boarded the majestic Skyline Princess for the annual Making Headway Family Yacht Cruise.  Children laughing, parents mingling, people of all ages and backgrounds drawn together in a shared experience. Some families have attended the cruise for many years and happily remembered when their now teenage child was a young toddler onboard this very same ship.  Other families were on a boat for the very first time in their lives.  With beautiful weather, a wonderful water show (courtesy of the FDNY), and Lady Liberty watching over us, it was a great event.  View pictures here.

“One Team – One Dream”. Greeley Walkathon to Raise Funds for Pediatric Cancer

“One Team – One Dream”, The 3rd Annual Athlete Walkathon
Location: Horace Greeley High School Competition Fie, 70 Roaring Brook Rd, Chappaqua, NY 10514
Time: 11am-1pm
Link to Press Release

High School students from Horace Greeley have partnered with The Gardner Marks Foundation and The Making Headway Foundation to host “One Team – One Dream”, the 3rd Annual Athlete Walkathon, to support Pediatric/Adolescent cancer research and programs that assist these children and their families. The event, scheduled for November 6th, will raise awareness and funds for Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors affecting kids and young adults.  Currently, local students, athletes, and families are helping to make this event a success are working on getting representatives from every sports team in the High School as well as many other local sports groups and organizations to participate.  This grassroots event was created in memory of Gardner Marks (Greeley Class of ’08) who was an athlete at Greeley. Gardner lost his life due to complications from cancer.  The Greeley Sports Boosters is sponsoring the Walkathon and are helping to promote the cause.

Anyone who wants to help fight against Pediatric/Adolescent cancer is welcome to participate in the Walkathon.  The event is scheduled on November 6th, from 11am-1pm, at the Horace Greeley High School Competition Field. This year’s slogan, “One Team – One Dream” focuses on the power that individuals can have by working together as part of a universal team.  We would love to have you walk with us on the day of the event!

Pediatric/Adolescent cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among all kids in the United States.  Currently, there are almost 400,000 kids fighting cancer, with an estimated 16,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed each year.  Many years ago, the 5-year life expectancy after diagnosis was only 50% for kids with cancer.  However, thanks to large investments in cutting edge research and treatments, the rate of children who pass away due to a cancer diagnosis has been cut in half.  Many of these medical breakthroughs have come as a result of the direct investments by individuals and local charities.  Additionally, organizations like The Making Headway Foundation and The Gardner Marks Foundation are investing in quality-of-life programs that directly provide a holistic set of services to pediatric/adolescent cancer patients and their families.  The 3rd Annual “One Team, -One Dream” Horace Greeley Athlete Walkathon is a wonderful way that local families can participate in the fight against pediatric/adolescent cancer.

Proceeds from this event will be split evenly to support two local non-profit organizations. The Gardner Marks Foundation is devoted to raising money toward helping families in need of financial support, logistics, and mental health. Now in its 20th year of operation, The Making Headway Foundation provides care and comfort for kids with brain and spinal cord tumors while funding medical research geared toward better treatments and a cure. 100% of donations will go directly to pediatric cancer research or services.  For more information or to donate visit www.greeleysportsboosters.org or https://mkghdwyf.ejoinme.org/Greeley2016.

Save the Date – Brian McCabe Drive for a Cure

Mike McCabe and a fellow golfer enjoy the reception following golf.

It’s almost time for the
4th Annual Brian McCabe
“Drive for a Cure” Golf Outing
Monday, October 5, 2015

Pelham Bay/Split Rock Golf Courses
Bronx, NY

This event benefits, Making Headway Foundation

For information, contact: Catherine Lepone catherine[at]makingheadway.org

Making Headway Special Events

One Life Club of Scarsdale High School
Sunday, May 17, 2015
828 Scarsdale Avenue
Scarsdale, NY

Arrive at 12:45 p.m.
Entry Fee $30
To donate or register:

Nicky and Thomas Docu Memorial Golf Outing
Friday, June 5, 2015
Pelham Bay and Split Rock Golf Course
Bronx, NY

Family Fun Day for Patient Families
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Life the Place to Be
Ardsley, NY

Sparkle for a Cause
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Crabtree’s Kittle House
Eleven Kittle Road
Chappaqua, NY

Annual Yacht Cruise for Patient Families
Sunday, September 20, 2015

Brian McCabe Drive for a Cure Golf Outing
Monday, October 5, 2015
Pelham Bay and Split Rock Golf Course
Bronx, NY

For information on any of our events,
contact Making Headway Foundation

A Mother’s Story

In March of 1998, a heart wrenching story appeared in the Health Living Digest, part of the Anton Community Newspapers.  As we approach the 17th Annual Tulip Festival Dinner (benefiting Making Headway Foundation), it bears repeating why we started this event in the first place with the story of Allison E. Trunz.  The article was called, “A Mother’s Story” and here are some excerpts.

“Allison had within her brain a very large primitive neuro ectodermal tumor, that not only had calcified, but had spread to the left side of her brain….She simply had too many strikes against her.”  The doctors told them, ‘Think about how you want to spend the little time you have with her.’  Who of us could withstand the heartbreak and sorrow of such a pronouncement?  While the Trunz family searched for answers, they came to understand that even with the best treatment, that their daughter’s fate was determined and the treatments that showed so much promise were just not working.  As her mother, Jeannie, finally recounted in the article, “On August 12, 1997, after amazingly clearly listing all those people she loved and singing You Are My Sunshine to her parents, Allison quietly died at home.”

The Trunzes immediately started to work with the Founders of Making Headway Foundation, Edward and Maya Manley, to host an event that would both honor Allison and raise funds so that other children could be helped by the Foundation’s work.  The 2014 “All-is-onE” Tulip Festival Dinner and Casino night will be held on May 14 at the Swan Club in Roslyn, NY.

To read the entire article https://www.dropbox.com/s/3ynvzaxtpoyojrr/A%20Mother%27s%20Story%20-%20Trunz.pdf

#Tulip2014 – For tickets or to donate to this event, please go to www.bit.ly/Tulip2014

3 weeks until #GivingTuesday.

Here is what one parent said about the work of Making Headway Foundation.

“Making Headway is a loving caring group of folks who always remember that our kids are just kids. Maybe extraordinary kids, but they need the same love, care and fun that all kids should get.”

Please remember to give during this holiday season.  Help children and families who have pediatric brain and spinal cord tumors.

Online donations can be made at:  http://bit.ly/GivingTuesday2013

THANK YOU, from all of us.


Giving Tuesday December 3

What is #GivingTuesday?

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. This year help us create #GivingTuesday. A new day for giving back.  On Tuesday December 3, 2013, global charities, families, businesses, community centers, students and more will come together to create #GivingTuesday.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Be a part of a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity.

Please remember Making Headway Foundation on December 3.  You may donate via our website at www.makingheadway.org

Making Headway Foundation provides care and comfort for children with brain and spinal cord tumors while funding medical research geared toward better treatments and a cure.