The foundation's mission is to raise funds to provide assistance to children and their families with debilitating illnesses with a major focus on childhood cancer research and awareness. As the Heather Brooke Foundation continues its efforts to "save our children", we greatly appreciate the support of those joining us in our cause.


The Heather Brooke Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 2007 in honor of Heather Brooke Tepper. In 2002, Heather, also known as "Daisy" to those who loved her, was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma at the age of 16. After nearly three years of fighting this rare childhood bone cancer, Heather's valiant battle ended on April 3, 2005.

Heather's loving spirit, unfaltering courage and determination to live a full life during this time were an inspiration to all who knew her. Cancer did not define Heather during those years and her goal was to do all that she could to make the best of it. Heather will be remembered for her signature smile, brilliant blue eyes, loving spirit and incredible sense of humor.

Heather loved children and didn't want any others to endure this dreaded disease. The Heather Brooke Foundation was established to continue her fight. The foundation's mission is to raise funds to provide assistance to children and their families with debilitating illnesses with a major focus on childhood cancer research and awareness. Along with helping local children directly, we contribute to organizations such as Camp Sunrise, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Cool Kids Campaign and more to support their fundraising efforts. The Johns Hopkins Children's Center and Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology research team has been a major recipient of our fundraising efforts.

Board Members

Meet Our Dedicated Board Members "There's nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer." - Jimmy Dolittle

Michelle Tepper


Debbie Martin

Vice President

LaVern Gipprich


Betty Taylor


Ashley King

Board Member

Christina Bartram

Board Member

Lauren Devine

Board Member

Susan Keegan

Board Member


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Making A Difference

Making A Difference
Since the Heather Brooke Foundation was established in 2007, we have been dedicated to raise funds to fight childhood cancer and to help children with other debilitating diseases. We have done this by organizing Golf Tournaments, Bull Roasts, Paint Nights, Raffles, donation drives, and receiving personal donations from our loyal donors.
Approximately 50% of our funds have been donated to the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Department research team working to cure childhood cancers. The team was granted a clinical trial for high risk sarcomas based on the results they derived from a PCR machine, purchased with funds we provided. This was a big deal in their research! Other equipment donated has helped them in their research efforts.

Johns Hopkins Children’s Center has been the recipient of iPads, games, computer equipment and music for their Activity Room. We also provided funds for a Thanksgiving dinner and gift bags for patients and their families. We have sponsored twenty-four children at Camp Sunrise, a camp for children with cancer, where they are given the opportunity to participate in various activities while still receiving their treatments. The cost of this camp is $1,000 per child for one week. We also gave them a printer, paper, and cartridges for printing their weekly newsletter.  We have visited the Camp and experienced the excitement and joy these children get from their week away at camp.

Additionally, we have supported Make-A-Wish, Cool Kids Learning Center, Kamryn Lambert Foundation, Casey Cares Foundation, and other organizations dedicated to helping children fighting debilitating illnesses. We sponsored a child through the Adopt-A-Wish program. We have participated in the Music for Medicine Program as well. Together we hope to make a difference.

The Foundation has donated to many local children’s medical funds, as well as provide computers or laptops to help with their school work. We have responded to various requests all to improve the quality of life for many children through this difficult time in their life.

We have in the past, and will continue in the future, to help children through funding research and doing what we can to ease a child’s journey.



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