Tristan's Gift of Hope Foundation
Tristan Morris is a courageous young man. At age eight, he underwent treatment for anaplastic astocytoma of the spine. He and his family traveled from their home in New Jersey, where they had received a bleak prognosis, to Mass General, where he received life-saving treatment at the Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center. Three years later, when a small lesion appeared in Tristan’s brain, he received another round of proton therapy. Both treatments were successful, although the cancer left Tristan with numerous side effects, including some paralysis in his legs.
Now 15 years old, Tristan still faces daily challenges. But with the help of his parents, five siblings and care teams at both Mass General and New York University Cancer Institute, he continues to beat the odds.
Shortly after Tristan’s first treatment, the Morris family (pictured here) established the Tristan’s Gift of Hope Foundation. Its goal is to fund research and supportive care programs for children going through proton beam therapy.
“Tristan has always been the soul of our family and is now the soul of this fund,” said Tristan’s father, Jim, who serves on the Mass General Cancer Center Leadership Council. “Through this fund, we hope to increase the number of children who benefit from the center and the wonderful doctors here.”
Help us honor the 2014 one hundredNominate Your Cancer Hero
- Tristan’s Gift of Hope Foundation
- Mara G. Bloom, JD
- Breast Intentions, Massachusetts Chapter
- Ray Gobbi and Robert Kilroy
- Friends of Jaclyn
- Dorothy Binford
- Philip Gosnell
- Kathy Giusti
- Cristina R. Ferrone, MD
- Sue de Vries Cancer Foundation
- David J. Kuter, MD, Dphil
- Teagan Stedman
- Douglas J. Mathisen, MD
- Steve Beauville
- Moireen and Aaron Ruotsala
- Shiv Pillai, MD, PhD
- Comprehensive Grammar School Kids Cancer Club
- Edwin K. Lamport
- James E. Bradner, MD
- Dell, Inc.
- Karen J. Krag, MD
- Nicole McNerney
- Vicki A. Jackson, MD, MPH
- Kathleen A. Stakes, RN, MS, CPON
- Jason Maxwell
- Richard L. Deming, MD
- Kevin S. Oh, MD
- Kate Murphy
- Ann H. Partridge, MD, MPH
- Melissa Skolny, MSHA, Cynthia Miller; Lauren Jammallo; Jean O’Toole, PT, MPH; and Michelle Specht, MD, Mass General Lymphedema Screening Team
Mass General honors 100 individuals and groups for their diverse contributions to the fight against cancer.
There is strength in numbers and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center proves this each year. the one hundred is the Cancer Center’s annual fundraiser, honoring 100 individuals and groups whose diligence and discoveries, philanthropy and passion have helped advance the fight against cancer. Funds raised at the gala support research, patient care, education and community outreach programs. Meet the Honorees.