Emanuel Franco and Cory Harper (musicians), Nathaniel Curran and Matt Coulter (Co-Founders of The Young and Brave Foundation), and Mike Morrison and Seth Gibson (Co-Founders of MadeWest Brewery) are supporters of The Young and Brave Foundation.
The Young and Brave Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping families who are battling all forms of cancer. From the beginning, the theme of the foundation has been Love. Co-founders Matt Coulter of Ventura and Nathaniel Curran of Oxnard grew up surfing the local beaches together. When a loved one was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, Coulter and Curran brought a community together to help fight this disease and to prove that love beats cancer. The nonprofit earned its 501(c)(3) status in March of 2011 and hit the ground running to help as many families as possible.
Once a person is diagnosed with cancer, they can apply to be a Warrior supported by The Young and Brave Foundation. The foundation supports its Warriors in overcoming their challenges by providing a streamlined fundraising platform, hosting events, raising awareness, and advocating for children and families who are dealing with cancer. Each Warrior is provided with a free online profile where they can share vital information, photos, and where they can fundraise. 100% of contributions raised through each profile goes straight to the Warrior and their fight for life.
The foundation operates many programs. One program, #LOVEbeatscancer, encourages cancer survivors to share their stories with the community to encourage others and to remind them that no one fights alone. #LOVEbeatscancer survivor stories are posted on the foundation’s website. Additionally, the foundation’s “Operation Turkey Day” happens every year in November and involves a full Thanksgiving meal served to patient families at several hospitals across the U.S.
Over the years, The Young and Brave Foundation has built partnerships with individuals, groups, and businesses around the world. Today, the reach of the foundation extends far beyond Ventura with Warrior families and supporters across the globe. “We are humbled and inspired by the incredible support we’ve received from so many people, all of them are part of our Young and Brave family” said Matt Coulter, Co-Founder and Executive Director.
With a robust social media presence, followers can stay connected with the Young and Brave cause and community. Follow @theyoungandbrave on Instagram and The Young and Brave Foundation on Facebook. Potential Warriors and their families can be nominated online at https://www.theyoungandbrave.com/donate/nominate-a-warrior/.
The Young and Brave Foundation is proud to have given away over a million dollars. Their flagship location is set to open in Ventura this summer.