California Here We Come. . .

… because the next step in Michael’s Master Plan takes us to Michelle Monje’s lab at Stanford.

Swifty is bringing a Tissue Navigator to one of the premier pediatric brain cancer research labs in the country! The dream is to raise $300,000 to support a Tissue Navigator at Dr. Monje’s lab for 3 years and extend the network of Swifty supported tissue navigators across the country.

Not only is this network increasing the number of autopsy donations, these labs are also the leading Centers of Excellence for processing and sharing the cell lines and data the tissue generates. Learn More

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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What's Happening? Opportunities To Take Action

The Swifty community is full of people like you. Together, we're moving toward hope one event at a time.

Michelle Monje, MD PhD Stanford “Most of the research progress made toward more effective therapy for childhood brain cancers has only been possible because of tumor tissue donations. Post-mortem tissue donations have enabled researchers to generate cell cultures and mouse models of childhood brain cancer, to screen for therapeutic drugs effective at killing the cancer cells and to identify new targets for therapy"
Learn More About Our Tissue Donation Initiative and 2018 Annual Appeal

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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Together Toward Hope

Memories From Cross Country

In seventh grade cross country, our coaches assigned everyone with the task of running at least 30 minutes a day over the weekend. On a Saturday morning, I was running along, and I see a dad and his son slowly jogging towards me. I get closer and realize it’s my classmate, Michael Gustafson. I didn’t…

October 29, 2018

CBTTC Pediatric Brain Tumor Atlas

You may have missed this announcement; lost in the shuffle of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Maybe you saw the announcement and didn’t quite understand the importance of the launch. The Pediatric Brain Tumor Atlas  is a major step forward in advancing collaboration and accelerating research. We are proud to be part of this organization and…

October 15, 2018

I Want To Talk About Michael

Wow, I cannot believe that Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is finally coming to a close! Most of you know that helping kids with cancer is the passion that fuels every decision I make and action I take. I am years away from (hopefully) becoming a pediatric oncologist, but I have the power to advocate and…

October 1, 2018