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Local family honors child with international fundraiser


Local family joins an international team of over 130 families funding innovative cancer research on Giving Tuesday.

On Giving Tuesday, November 27, Brison Ricker’s family honored the late teen’s memory with a virtual telethon to benefit Homerun Cure cancer research for children afflicted with brain cancer. 

The Cedar Springs teen died on December 23, 2017, after a two-year struggle with a rare and deadly childhood brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

Joining the ranks of over 130 families around the world, the Rickers helped not only raise awareness for Brison’s fight, but also helped other families in the fight by funding critical research to provide cures for all cancers. An unprecedented event, The Cure Starts Now’s “100 Families Strong” online telethon planned to raise over $100,000 for research, and the Rickers planned to raise $1,000 of that. Both goals were met and then some. The Rickers raised $1,200 and the overall program raised over $170,000!

“Thanks to each of you who supported us in our mission to fund research and fight for a cure for DIPG in honor of Brison,” his mom, Kim Ricker, wrote on the Facebook page. “Foundation wide with 130 families fighting for the same mission, we crushed the $100,000 goal and raised over $170,000! This will fund over 1500 research hours! Together we can and will make a difference! We are so grateful for continued support! God bless.” 

Last year The Cure Starts Now raised over $50,000 through the combined effort of 25 families and provided the basis for the development of one new cancer research protocol to help children in the fight. While the Giving Tuesday telethon is over, you can still donate by visiting Brison’s page at http://www.donate2csn.org/brison.

About The Cure Starts Now

The Cure Starts Now was started in honor of 6-year-old Elena Desserich, a Cincinnati girl who battled a rare, aggressive form of brain cancer known as DIPG. Today, The Cure Starts Now Foundation has nearly 40 locations in four countries and is the only cancer foundation dedicated to finding the Homerun Cure™ for cancer by focusing on one of the rarest, most aggressive forms of cancer. Believing in more than just awareness, The Cure Starts Now has funded over $12 million in cancer research, resulting in over 80 cutting edge research grants in 6 countries since 2007. Learn more about The Cure Starts Now and their mission to find the Homerun Cure for cancer at https://www.thecurestartsnow.org/.

Brison Ricker died of DIPG in December 2017.

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Brison Christopher Ricker of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 16, passed away on the morning of Saturday, December 23, 2017, after a brave & courageous battle with DIPG brain cancer. He was surrounded by his family in the comfort of his home, and rests now, comfortably in the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Born on January 4, 2001, Brison grew up in Cedar Springs and attended Cedar Springs High School. He was outgoing and driven by his faith in everything he did—always striving for greatness. Brison raced motocross, and played soccer and basketball. He loved watching sports too. Brison had a great sense of humor and a kind heart to match. He was an incredible and loving son, wonderful brother and best friend, grandson and teammate, and was loved by so many. Brison leaves behind his parents Brian and Kimberly (Morris) Ricker; brother Preston Ricker; grandparents Kathryn (Gary Burger) Ricker, Joe (Gail) Ricker; Mark Sheldon; uncle Mark Ricker; and many special friends. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Deb Sheldon. The funeral service for Brison will be celebrated by Pastors Julian Newman and Dawn Damon at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Resurrection Life Church, 3233 10 Mile Road NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Relatives and friends may call on the family during a time of visitation from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the church. Those wishing to offer an expression of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Brison’s family to assist them with funeral expenses. Brison will be laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs, Michigan.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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