Why We Exist

Our History: Meet Morgan Adams

Morgan Adams is named for a real person – a normal, healthy 5-year old girl when she was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumor in December 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 that 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 – now our signature art auction – was born. The extremely successful event today 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 come out the other side of their cancer journey while others have not – but their stories are shared within these pages. We hope you’ll read them to meet the kids.

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

Our Purpose

The Morgan Adams Foundation supports laboratory and clinical research in the area of pediatric cancer, with an emphasis on brain tumors, spine tumors and central nervous system tumors.

Our particular interest is to provide seed and bridge grants for viable investigations not yet ripe enough for total funding by larger organizations. Additionally, we are able to partially fund translational studies, experimental therapeutics studies, and/or Phase I and II clinical trials on a case-by-case basis.

We increasingly seek projects that are highly collaborative and/or multi-institutional in nature. Our hope is that we can facilitate, through strategic funding, more rapid clinical trial development to get the best possible treatment options into circulation as expediently as possible.

Through careful consideration and placement of our funding, we encourage and support research intended to improve treatment effectiveness, treatment outcomes, and the quality of life for children battling cancer.

Member Organizations

The Morgan Adams Foundation aligns with local nonprofit agencies that provide support to families that are effected by childhood cancer. Please visit these member organization websites for more information.