The Gustafsons would have given anything to have the option of this Enhancing Immunotherapy Trial for Medulloblastoma for Michael when his cancer returned. Then and now, when medulloblastoma returns the survival rate is only 5%. Yes, 5%! That’s why funding this trial was so enticing.

  • The trial uses the child’s own immune system to help destroy the tumor, meaning it’s less toxic to a child’s developing brain than the current radiation/chemo protocol.
  • The trial design is novel because the trial will learn from itself.
  • The trial will be fully funded by charities of families who lost a child to cancer.

100% of your 2020 donation will fund this trial and with it, bring hope to families whose children currently have a dismal 5% chance of survival. 



Michael's Story

Before his death at 15, Michael Gustafson hatched what he called his "master plan" - and laid the foundation for what Swifty does today.

Gift from a Child

Tissue donation is a contribution that improves outcomes for children with brain cancer that only families can make.

Recurrent Medulloblastoma

When medulloblastoma recurs, doctors have no established treatment plan for patients. None. We’re working to change that.

Once you choose HOPE, anything is possible

Together we’re moving toward hope one initiative at a time.

Brain cancer has overtaken leukemia as the leading cause of cancer-related death for children. The reason children succumb to their cancer will remain a mystery until researchers are able to study both the diseased and healthy brain tissue of those children who do not survive their disease.
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Disturbing Facts About Childhood Cancer

Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death BY DISEASE for children in the U.S. …. It exceeds deaths by all other diseases combined. Only 4 pennies of every FEDERAL dollar available for cancer research goes to fund PEDIATRIC cancer research.

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How is brain cancer different in kids?

All brain tumors can change in response to cancer treatment – but this is especially true for kids, whose bodies are growing and changing anyway. You could be diagnosed with one type of cancer, but have a very different type years later.

To improve treatments, researchers need to better understand the ways kids’ cancers change and transform over time. This means studying as much donated tissue as possible, from as many cancer stages as possible.
But it’s often difficult for families to donate tissue for research – and when they do donate, it’s difficult for researchers to share their findings widely. Swifty is helping to change that.

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Recent Blog Posts

Together Toward Hope

January 2021 Reflections

It’s January 13th, exactly 2 months since we started this trial back in November, joking about it being a “Novel Approach” to start a fundraising campaign on Friday the 13th. However, there was nothing unlucky about it because we SURPASSED our goal, raising $272,977 dollars thanks to your generosity and support.  So the TNF Immunotherapy Trial…

January 13, 2021

Golfing For A Cause

The air is getting crisper, the days are getting shorter, leaves are changing color and that means…. boy’s golf and the District 203 Mikey Gustafson/Connor Hunt Match Play Cup! (Formerly called the Ryder Cup.) The Match Play has been a tradition since 2014 as a way for the NNHS golf team to honor the loss…

September 30, 2020

Our Class of 2020

In the past, May always meant tulips, breaking out the lawn furniture and graduations. Covid-19 hasn’t stopped the tulips or kept us from sitting outside (albeit 6 feet apart), but for the Class of 2020 graduations have been cancelled or hopefully, only postponed. In the meantime, there is a lot of sadness, disappointment and uncertainty…

April 29, 2020