1974 - 1988
The Brent Eley Foundation was created in 1997 by Donn and Linda Eley as a tribute to their son, Brent, who was thirteen when he was diagnosed in 1987 with rhabdomyosarcoma.
Because of his aggressive and rare type of pediatric cancer, Brent required a bone marrow transplant. However, no facility in his hometown was able to provide this treatment, which offered the best chance for survival. Therefore, the family was forced to relocate to Iowa for more than six months.
Not only were they separated from their community of support during the most challenging time of their lives, the difficult responsibility of finding and maintaining a safe "home away from home" for their immune compromised son fell squarely on their own shoulders.
Sadly, following a brave year-long fight, Brent passed away and the Eley family spent the next nine years raising funds in support of pediatric cancer programs in his honor.
In 1998, shortly after the foundation was established, the first Brent's Place facility opened its doors. Following ten successful years in operation, Brent's Place opened a new state-of-the-art building in 2009, just blocks from the nationally acclaimed Anschutz Medical Campus.