Cincinnati, OH (FOX19) - The Pray~Hope~Believe Foundation (PHBF) was established to honor the memory of Tony Merk - a 6-year-old boy who died on July 4, 2011 after an almost three-year battle with brain cancer. The PHBF provides funding for pediatric brain tumor research, supports children/teens who have a life-threatening condition, and honors the memory of Tony Merk through scholarships.
We also hope to increase awareness of pediatric brain cancers in order to find more effective treatments with fewer significant long-term side effects. PHBF primarily supports research conducted at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. We aim to support innovative research projects with an emphasis not only upon ridding the body of cancer, but also minimizing the long-term, serious side effects of treatment. "Pray~Hope~Believe" became the theme for Tony's journey on earth and is now his family's theme for living and healing.
The inaugural Pray-Hope-Believe Foundation 5k is set for July 4th.