13th Annual 5k on July 4th!

Pray-Hope-Believe is happy to present our 13th July 4th 5k this year on Thursday, July 4th. Last year we had over 1300 participants and we hope to continue to grow. We have donated more than $120,000 in the past year thanks to your generous support. Every donation goes directly towards our goal of bringing hope to children with brain cancer. If you Have a business or know someone who does, please share our donor and partner pages below.

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Kroger Community Rewards

Want another easy way to help PHBF's mission to bring HOPE to children battling brain cancer? We recently received approval for Kroger Community Rewards. Just visit https://www.kroger.com/, log in to your Kroger account, search for PHBF by name or NPO "EW982", and click "enroll". If you do not already have an account, you will need to create one. Shop and support! Easy Peasy!

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What's New?

4th of July Pray~Hope~Believe 5K Run/Walk!!!

[early bird pricing in effect through May 31st]


We are now 3 months away from our 11th Annual PHB5K. We are so excited to see you all there (though a virtual option is available for those who can't participate in-person). Talk with your friends, family, and coworkers about joining you on July 4th. Form or join a team to add to the fun! Looking forward to the amazing Basket Raffle, 5K walk or run (leisurely or competitive), medal ceremony, Superhero Sprint for the little ones, children's games, art show, food, music and more! We end the morning with a memorial ceremony for those lives cut too short by brain cancer. Mostly our event is an opportunity to celebrate and bring HOPE to those youth battling brain cancer. Stay tuned to emails and social media posts for updates!

The PHB 5K is the primary fundraising effort for the Pray~Hope~Believe Foundation (PHBF). PHBF was established to honor the memory of our 6-year-old son, Tony, who died on July 4, 2011 after an almost three-year-battle with brain cancer. PHBF’s primary goal is to raise funds for pediatric brain cancer research because brain cancer is the #1 disease killer of children in the United States. PHBF’s mission also includes supporting families who have a child diagnosed with a brain tumor – through social support (like our Family Camp Day), financial support, and a prayer ministry. To date, we have funded more than $500,000 ($543,580 to be exact) in pediatric brain cancer research. We have also provided scholarships and support programs for children battling brain cancer.  We continue as a foundational partner with the DIPG Collaborative (www.dipg.org) – partnering with organizations throughout the world to more efficiently move pediatric brain cancer research forward. Because we are a strictly volunteer-run organization, all profits go directly toward our mission. We fund specific grants so we know exactly how our funds are being used and by whom. We hold our researchers accountable to using funds as promised and providing us with regular status updates.  We are only able to do this because of supporters like YOU! See you on the 4th!


With HOPE and appreciation,


Rick and Lynne Merk

Co-Founders, PHBF






PHBF is a 501c3 IRS approved nonprofit organization FEIN: 45-3913286


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  • prayhopebelievefoundation@gmail.com
  • (513) 304-2388
  • P.O. Box 53236, Cincinnati OH, 45253