Gabriella's Smile Foundation was CREATED on March 30, 2016, in honor of our beautiful, six year-old daughter, Gabriella Elise. Gabriella so very courageously and bravely fought DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), an inoperable brain stem tumor, for almost eight months. She smiled every single day, never once complaining about the difficulty and pain brought by her condition.
The incredible support from our family, local community, and church, along with other DIPG families and foundations, helped us through the difficult journey that began on March 17, 2015, and ended far too soon on November 7, 2015. It was this support that inspired our family to establish our foundation to assist other families in need. Our reach extends not only to families of children with pediatric brain cancer here in San Antonio, Texas, but also to families affected by DIPG across the United States. It is often said that no one fights cancer alone, and we wholeheartedly believe that families are stronger when working together in this fight. We believe it is this support that helps make us— and all families— STRONGER than DIPG, and STRONGER than any cancer.
The foundation was established through CharitySmith in 2016, through a memorial fund. As of March, 2018, Gabriella's Smile Foundation has been officially approved as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation (EIN 82-4804148) in accordance with federal tax law. Donations made to our foundation are tax deductible.
A message from Gabriella's daddy, at our Kick-Off Celebration in June, 2016.