lovingBri, the name, came from a blog that was started during our nine year old daughter Brianna’s battle with a Diffuse Instrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a deadly tumor located in the brain stem. Diagnosed one month prior to her eighth birthday it is our story of struggle through her fifteen month journey fighting this inoperable tumor and is yet unfinished. We will continue to add to her story on the blog even after we reach the date of her loss as a way of continuing to honor her and let other families know that they are not alone and that God carries us beyond our biggest tragedies.

The idea for the lovingBri Fund was established at the time Brianna found her angels on 3/21/12. While making arrangements to lay her to rest we were asked if we would like to provide an option for mourners to give something besides flowers. We felt that it would be something that Brianna would want, to help others in their time of need. We received very generous donations and the money raised went into an account with the Community Foundation of Morgan County. Rather than donate the funds that were provided in lieu of flowers in full and ending the fund we felt it would be a fantastic way for our family and community to celebrate a beautiful little girl by helping others through her name.

After researching what it would take to start our own foundation we found that the cost and governmental red tape were not worth it and decided to legally allow the fund to become official and the Community Foundation of Morgan County would administer the funds. lovingBri Fund is an advised fund which means our family directs the funds to charities of our choice. Please read the Mission page to find out more information about our choice charities.


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Norma Hurst September 2, 2016 at 7:07 pm

I am donating to this wonderful fund in honor of my brother, Joe Sumner, who recently passed from cancer. Hopefully in our lifetime we will find a cure for this horrible disease.


Steve December 26, 2016 at 8:09 pm

Thank you so much and our thoughts are surely with you all. I remember sitting around the campfires at Monroe and the entire campground would come to our camp sites to hear all our relation pick. They were amazing times for a young kid. Standing with you to hopefully find a cure. Love to all.


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