Dylan Shaffer Memorial Fund

Updated March 2019

Thank you for your contributions to the Dylan Shaffer Memorial Fund.

We are thrilled to share that with the generous contributions of family, friends and friends of friends near and far, the Dylan Shaffer Memorial Fund was able to meet our goal for 2018, and will be matching our 2017 contribution of $35,000 to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford’s Rare Sarcoma Program!  Our goal for 2019 will be the same, to match our annual contribution to the Rare Sarcoma Program.   We deeply appreciate your ongoing support to help us get there.  This program is so important, in that it’s the only active program focused on better understanding and ultimately curing rare pediatric sarcomas.  Doing so is the best way we can imagine to honor Dylan.

We are very appreciative of the California Community Foundation and our advisory team there for all of the help they have given us over the last two years with regards to managing and growing the Dylan Shaffer Memorial Fund.  Moving forward though, we have decided to switch our donation portal given all funds raised are going to one place – Stanford’s Rare Sarcoma Program.  Now all donations may be made directly to Stanford via their Dylan Shaffer Memorial Fund Page.  Doing this will streamline the donation process and open up more opportunities to fundraise with and for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and the Rare Sarcoma Program in Dylan’s memory.  The CCF page (which you are on now) will remain open and accepting donations for the time being to enable a transition window while the communication update can make its rounds.  We’ll be sure to alert everyone once we identify an end date for this page.

Dylan brought joy to everyone he met, and we intend to continue to keep that joy alive by helping others through this fund.  We all miss him so much.  Your continued support and generosity will help us maximize the good work we can do in Dylan’s memory.

Thank you,
The Shaffer Family

This Memorial Fund has been created to honor the memory of our son, Dylan Patrick Shaffer, who died on August 11, 2017 at just 16 months old.  Dylan had an extremely rare and aggressive cancer called Synovial Sarcoma. Dr. Sheri Spunt, the doctor who identified Dylan’s cancer, is one of the only doctors in the world exploring these aggressive cancers. We are working closely with Dr. Spunt as she continues to build out and operate her research program, the Rare Sarcoma Program. Rare diseases are often ignored by major drug companies, so it’s only the universities and research hospitals that are doing this necessary ground breaking work. Your contributions are meaningful and will make a difference. Our hope is that together we can stop more families from experiencing what we did, and instead help them receive the gift of life for their child. To learn more about the Rare Sarcoma Program, please click here.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Dylan Shaffer Memorial Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

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