Brain tumors are the #1 cancer killer among children in the United States.


We just don’t have enough information. Without a deeper understanding of the biology behind brain tumors, we can’t improve our treatments.

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.


Improving Research

Why are children's brain tumors so tough to beat? The cancer changes as you treat it. Here's how we discover better treatments.

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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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Recent Blog Posts

Together Toward Hope

Swifty Featured on ABC 7 News – Chicago

Together Toward Hope To honor the 5th anniversary of Michael Gustafson’s death, the Swifty Foundation was featured on ABC 7 News Chicago. The segment highlights Mikey’s master plan, how Swifty is accomplishing it, and the details of Kira Couch and Caitlin Holzer’s Shaving for Hope! event. “I’m going to give my life up and we’re going…

January 19, 2018

Caitlin’s Experience

Caitlin Holzer was part of a duo who recently shaved their heads and raised over $8,000 for the Swifty Foundation. Not only is her fiscal impact impressive, so is Caitlin herself. Her activism in the causes she cares about accurately exemplifies her remarkable character, and her passion for giving back depicts the inspiration that she…

January 12, 2018

Why We Need a Tissue Navigator

The importance of tissue donation begins when a parent hears the life shattering news, “your child has brain cancer.” Had we known how important tissue is not only to scientific discovery, but also to a child’s cancer treatment plan, Michael may have had a very different journey. Let me explain. Cancer treatment is becoming more…

November 29, 2017