Brandon with a beloved buddy

How can something as simple as a stuffed animal be so important?

The Brandon’s Buddies Foundation began as a way to honor the life of a very special young man, Brandon Koontz. At the tender age of 5, Brandon was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer. Brandon bravely fought this disease for 5 years before his passing at the age of 10 on October 3, 2009. Throughout his battle, Brandon touched the lives of many. He had an infectious smile, one that came straight from his heart and the love he held there for his family, his friends and for the world.

Brandon’s bravery, hope, and strength have inspired us to reach out to the children and families who are dealing with and living with this disease. It is our mission to enhance the lives of children battling cancer through our loving support of gifts and by providing financial assistance to their families. We have been there, we have walked in their shoes, and we know how life changes when your child is diagnosed with cancer. The devastation, the fear, the anger, the sadness….As life changes for these children and their families, we want to be there to help them on their journey, to bring happiness to the children and ease the financial burdens of the families.

Read more about Brandon's story on his Caringbridge site.


We are a tax-exempt organization under Section 501C(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
All donations are tax-deductible.

Our Goals

Bring Happiness to Children Fighting Cancer

Distribute "Brandon's Buddies" stuffed animals to pediatric oncology patients at local hospitals.

Ease the Financial Burdens of Families

Provide Gas Cards, Meal Tickets and Phone Cards

Assist with Medical and Non-Medical Expenses (such as hotel stays, utility payments and other household expenses)

Ensure a Simple Application Process for Funds Distribution

For Brandon and for the children fighting everyday, his "buddies," we dedicate our work to you.

Board of Directors

Wendy & Michael Koontz


Greg Beaty

Owner & President of Genesis Bolt & Supply

Dana Bryson

CFO & COO of Southeastern Hospitality Services

Stacey Snow

Registered Nurse (RN), Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN) at Brenner Children's Hospital – Oncology Unit

Quick Facts

Childhood Cancer Facts

Every school day, 46 young people, or two classrooms of students, are diagnosed with Cancer in the United States.

The average age of a child diagnosed with Cancer is 6 years old.

Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children between infancy and age 15.

The causes of most childhood cancers are unknown. At present, childhood cancer cannot be prevented.

How can I help? Help us reach our goals by making a donation or gifting a stuffed animal to a child!

Gift a stuffed animal buddy to a child.

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