WELCOME TO RORY'S STUPID CANCER FOUNDATION
Never forget the little children
Who We Are
Inspired by a life-changing event, Rory's Stupid Cancer Foundation was established in 2000 in Aurora, CO. Rory was born on November 5th, 1996 at St. Joseph’s hospital in Denver, Colorado. Now he had the typical life of any newborn. He ate, crapped, cried, and annoyed his older brothers. There was always something about him though that made everyone smile and forget their own problems. He attended daycare with Auston at Children’s Learning Club and Ms. Monette Roberts took great care of them both. When Rory was 11 months old he started to develop a growth on his right shoulder blade that was thought at first to just be a cyst. It did not appear to be cancerous at first so the doctors felt there was no reason to worry.
When Rory was 14 months old they ran tests because it was growing and starting to display the characteristics of a tumor. When the test results came back we found out that he had Pleomorphic Rhabdomyosarcoma. This was a nuclear bomb that detonated around the family and the news was hard to swallow. For the next year we watched this little bundle of happiness be poked, prodded and filled with chemicals. The entire time Rory never forgot how to smile and he honestly was never aware of what was going on. He just thought he was sick and would one day be okay. During the treatments he stilled attended daycare whenever he could and his parents always stayed with him at the hospital. Rory was in remission for two months in early 1999, but then during early summer they found more tumors in his lungs. There was no hope for his survival.
Rory was granted a wish by the Make-A-Wish foundation and Mom, Dad, Auston and Kevin were able to go to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It was an amazing seven days and the entire family had a wonderful trip. When we got back from Orlando on August 7th, things turned for the worst. Rory passed away two days later on August 9th, 1999 while at home laying on his mother’s chest. While this a horrible loss and something the family is still dealing with today, there are many great memories that we can take away from the life of Rory Dean Ivey and the legacy that he left here on earth.
Rory's Stupid Cancer is a local non-profit that supports Children Hospital in its efforts to find a cure for pediatric cancer. We raise money for The Childrens' Hospital that took care of our Rory during his illness and Make A Wish Foundation that sent Rory to Disney World a few days before he died. We want to help the research of childhood cancer and also make wishes come true for ill children.
What We DO
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”
Research and Making Dreams Come True
This charity is funded to help with the research of finding a cure for childhood cancer. Every year we donate half of the proceeds from all our fundraisers to this charity in hopes that we are part of the cure.
Gift of a Lifetime
This charity is funded to help families with critically ill children enjoy each other for a few days without hospitals, doctors or needles. Every year we donate the remaining half of the proceeds from all our fundraisers to this charity in hopes that we can give a family this time of peace.
We lost our baby due to that nasty stupid thing called cancer. If we can help another family enjoy time with their ill child or be part of a cure....we want to be a part of this.
Get in touch with Rory's Stupid Cancer Foundation to discover more about our fundraisers and how to donate. We thank you for your support.