About Us

History and Overview

Morgan Adams was a normal, healthy 5-year old girl when she was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Multiforme brain tumor in December of 1997. She battled her cancer for 11 months before she succumbed to the disease. Two years after Morgan died, her parents Steven Adams and Joan Slaughter joined the Oncology Advisory Board at The Children’s Hospital in Denver as a way to learn more about research and treatment options for childhood cancer, and to take a more active role in addressing the unmet needs in the field of pediatric cancer research.

As a result of their work on this Board, they asked a small group of friends to help a host a fundraiser to benefit pediatric cancer research, and on a cold night in February, 2001, artma (an art auction) was born. The event proved extremely successful and has become a much anticipated biennial event. In 2003, Steven and the late Brett Derosier inaugurated a second benefit event, the Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance (an aircraft and automobile “extravaganza”), which has been equally successful.

The Morgan Adams Foundation has grown to encompass many, many more families whose children have battled cancer. Some of our kids have won their fight and some have lost – but their stories are shared within these pages. We hope you’ll read them.

We are a vital, vibrant and committed organization born out of love and hope and the determination to see a better, cancer-free future for our children.