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

Why is Tissue Not Sexy?

Denver is a great city… just not as “hippie/granola” as I pictured. We went for ISPNO… the International Symposium on Pediatric Neuro-Oncology and came away feeling encouraged and excited that tissue donation is absolutely the right focus for Swifty.  ISPNO is held every other year and doctors and researchers from all over the world attend. …

July 13, 2018

Accepting Help From Others

I’ve been taught that when I am faced with a difficult situation, or when things don’t turn out as I would have liked, to ask myself, “What lesson am I supposed to learn from this?”  Since losing Michael it feels almost like a mantra…. There have been many lessons to learn and a particularly difficult…

July 7, 2018

3rd Party Fundraisers

One of our favorite things at Swifty is our 3rd party fundraisers! These are events that people develop on their own, they do the work and we get the money!! See what I mean…. It’s the best! So far in 2018 there have been 22 third party events raising $29,392.65! Isn’t that incredible? These events…

June 10, 2018