How You Can Help

  • Thu
    San Antonio, TX

    Former student-athletes Lauren Hill and O.J. Brigance are the 2016 NCAA Inspiration Award recipients. They will be recognized as Inspiration awardees at the NCAA Honors Celebration in January.

    The Inspiration Award is presented to a coach or administrator currently associated with intercollegiate athletics, or to a current or former varsity letter-winner at an NCAA institution. It is reserved for people who, when confronted with life-altering situations, used perseverance, dedication and determination to overcome the event and, most importantly, now give hope and inspiration to others.

    The Honors Celebration will take place in January 2016, at the NCAA Convention in San Antonio.

  • Tue
    5:00 PM - 8:00 PMThe BoatHouse Canton - 2809 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21224

    On Tuesday, March 29th some of our favorite sports celebrities will join O.J. Brigance at The BoatHouse (Canton) to be YOUR wait staff for the evening! Our special servers will be seating guests and serving up some delicious meals, deals and specials! 

    --Guests will receive a free appetizer coupon for a future visit if a $10+ donation to the Brigance Brigade Foundation is made
    --Our signature drink for the evening will be the Orange Crush in O.J. 'Juice' Brigance’s honor
    --20% of the evening's proceeds will be donated back to the Brigance Brigade Foundation
    (details subject to change)

    Special Guests*:
    --Former University of Maryland Men's Basketball Coach Gary Williams
    --Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh
    --WBAL-TV Sports Anchor Keith Mills
    --Former NFL players Mike McCrary and Matt Stover

    The Brigance Brigade Foundation is also excited to welcome 98 Rock and WBAL Radio who will both be broadcasting live from The BoatHouse from 3pm - 10pm!

    Reservations are strongly encouraged by calling The BoatHouse at (410) 773-9795.

    Celebrity Crush Night will also be a wonderful reminder to register for the 5.7k Championship Event before prices increase on April 1st

    *Please note: guests are not permitted to bring memorabilia or other materials to be autographed on the night of the event.

  • Fri
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: Turner Bldg., 720 Rutland Ave, Baltimore, MD

    O.J. Brigance will have the distinct honor of serving as the Keynote Speaker for the International Tracheostomy Symposium taking place April 29-30, 2016. This global event is being held at Johns Hopkins University.

    O.J.'s designated session will take place on Friday, April 29 from 1:10 - 1:55 PM, he will be discussing 'Living with a Tracheostomy.'

    This activity is designed to educate those caring for patients with difficult airway anatomy and/or tracheostomy. Participants will develop a comprehensive knowledge of the indications, contraindications, complications, and postoperative management of tracheostomy. 

    Who Should Attend?
    This activity is intended for physicians and allied healthcare professionals (nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, speech language pathologists) from anesthesia and critical care medicine, emergency medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, pulmonology, interventional pulmonology, and surgical specialties including otolaryngology, general surgery, pediatric surgery, and trauma surgery as well as hospital administrators.

    *Please note that registrants who mention the Brigance Brigade Foundation will receive a discount on registration fees.

    Please click here for more information. If you have questions about this event, please refer them to: Vinciya Pandian, PhD, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, The Johns Hopkins Hospital:

  • Sun
    Various Restaurants

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    We know that ALS really bites! Throughout the month of May, in honor of ALS Awareness Month and all those people currently battling the disease, restaurants in the Baltimore area will be supporting the Brigance Brigade Foundation through our ALS Bites campaign! 

    From May 1 - 31, participating restaurants will offer a special Brigance Brigade-themed menu item or beverage. At the end of the month, proceeds from those items sold will be donated back to the Brigance Brigade Foundation so that we may continue to equip, encourage and empower people living with ALS.

    For those looking to support the Foundation, as well as great local restaurants throughout May, come out and taste the Brigance Brigade-themed items at the following participating locations:

    --Banditos Bar & Kitchen- The Sweet Lou Cocktail 
      1118 S Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21230

    --Mad River Bar & Grille- The O.J. Sliders
      1110 S Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21230

    --MaGerk’s Pub- Black-Eyed Susan
      1061 S Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21230

    --Mother’s Federal Hill Grille- The O.J. Crush
      1113 S Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21230

    --Newk’s Eatery- Newk’s Q Sandwich
      1360 Main Chapel Way, Gambrills, MD 21054

    --Ristorante Firenze- O.J. Cello Martini 
     2 Hanover Rd, Reisterstown, MD 21136

    --The BoatHouse Canton, Waterfront Grille- The O.J. Crush
      2809 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21224

    --Vagabond Sandwich Company- Brigance Brigade BBQ Burger
      111 Thomas St, Bel Air, MD 21014

    --Vida Taco Bar- LIFE ALS Margarita 
      200 Main St, Annapolis, MD 21401

    --Wayward Bar & Kitchen- The Iron Horse Cocktail
      1117 S Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21230

    Don't forget to share your foodie photos with us by using #ALSBites and tagging @BriganceBrigade!

  • Sun
    8:00 amCanton Waterfront Park, Baltimore, MD

    Register now to #RaceforALS!

    The 2016 Brigance Brigade Foundation 5.7K Championship Run & 1.57 Mile Family Run/Walk is returning to Canton Waterfront Park on Sunday, May 1, 2016!

    Click here to learn more about the race, courses, fundraising opportunities and more!

    The Brigance Brigade Foundation 5.7k #RaceforALS is a great way to honor your health and fitness goals while making a positive difference for people in your community.

    Kick off ALS Awareness Month with the Brigance Brigade Foundation! The family-friendly event will kick off ALS Awareness Month for the Foundation. Throughout the month of May, organizations across the country will work to heighten public awareness of ALS and generate support and funds for various initiatives.

    Proceeds from the 5.7K Championship Event further the mission of the Brigance Brigade Foundation which is to equip, encourage and empower people living with ALS. The Brigance Brigade Foundation improves the lives of people with ALS and their families by providing access to equipment, support services and resource guidance.

    Your #RaceforALS participation as individual athletes, friends and family, or corporate and community teams will bring hope and help for PALS (people with ALS) and their families!

    Calling all TEAMS:

    The Brigance Brigade Foundation 5.7K Championship event is a great way to honor your fitness goals, create memories around the watercooler, and support people living with ALS in your community. Consider forming a Corporate, Friends & Family, or Community Organization TEAM to #RaceforALS and experience great fun and fundraising for our vital mission. Whether you run or walk - everyone who participates is a Champion. Join us!

    Calling all ALS Caregivers:

    At the 2016 event, the Brigance Brigade Foundation will also be launching a special program dedicated to ALS caregivers. If you or someone you know is currently an ALS caregiver we want to hear from you! Please click here to share your story with us and join our community of caregivers!

    Interested in corporate sponsor opportunities?

    Please contact Foundation Director, Amanda Mummert, to learn about the many opportunities available to businesses who want to get involved.

  • Wed
    5:30 PM - 8:00 PMThe Avenue at White Marsh (in front of AMC Loews Movie Theater) - 8125 Honeygo Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21236

    Get up and movin’ for fun, fitness and a great cause!

    Click here to register now!

    On May 11th, Merritt Athletic Clubs is teaming up with the Brigance Brigade Foundation to host the 3rd annual Zumbathon for ALS! The event will feature a 1.5 hour long Zumba class led by Merritt Athletic Club’s top instructors, a live DJ, a fun and exciting atmosphere!

    The Zumbathon for ALS is designed to bring people together to sweat it out while supporting people battling ALS! All ages and experience levels are welcome at this calorie-burning dance fitness party. After a total body workout, participants will leave with a boost in physical AND mental energy, knowing they did their part to help people in our community who are facing a debilitating disease.

    All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Brigance Brigade Foundation. Funds will be used to equip, encourage and empower people and families battling ALS by providing access to equipment, support services and resource guidance.

    Event details:
    --Registration – 5:30pm
    --Class – 6:30pm – 8pm

  • Sat
    8:30 AM - 9:45 AMMerritt Athletic Clubs - Eldersburg: 1388 Progress Way, Eldersburg, MD 21784

    Fight ALS by joining Team Merritt for fun physical challenges, games and drills that will take you all over the inside and outside of Merritt Athletic Clubs Eldersburg. The suggested donation of $10 will benefit the Brigance Brigade Foundation. 

    Sign up to face the challenge here!

  • Tue
    11 AM - 10 PMCalifornia Pizza Kitchen - 118 Shawan Rd., Ste. FF, Hunt Valley, MD 21030

    The Brigance Brigade Foundation is closing out ALS Awareness Month with the California Pizza Kitchen’s Pizza with a Purpose fundraiser!

    California Pizza Kitchen will donate 20% of a table's check to the Brigance Brigade Foundation if the table hands their server a copy of the promotional flyer (or shows it on their cell phone). 

    Print out your flyer here!

  • Thu

    Rally your friends, family and coworkers to improve our community on Thursday, June 2nd through Do More 24.

    This 24-hour online day of giving, powered by United Way NCA, helps raise money for nonprofits serving DC, Maryland and Virginia. All the money raised here stays here -- and makes change here. Help us make a positive change in the lives of people with ALS, help us make sure they are taken care of!

    Encourage your family and friends to donate $5 or $7 (in honor of O.J. Brigance’s jersey number, #57). Every dollar counts, and can help someone with ALS live fuller, more independent lives.

    Join the #Do More24 movement at

  • Mon
    7:00 pm 873 Long Dr, Aberdeen, MD 21001

    Celebrate July 4th with the Brigance Brigade Foundation!

    Monday, July 4, 2016 marks the 77th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's speech at Yankee stadium when he announced his retirement from baseball due to his recent diagnosis with ALS.  Gehrig noted, “I might have been given a bad break, but I’ve got an awful lot to live for…” – “77 years after Lou Gehrig spoke those inspirational words, O.J. Brigance defines their meaning.” (MASN)

    On Monday, July 4th the Brigances will be honored on field prior to the Aberdeen IronBirds’ game against the West Virginia Black Bears. O.J. and Chanda will throw out the first pitch and fans can visit the organization’s table on the concourse throughout the game for information, donations and a chance to win prizes!

    Buy your tickets to the game here!

  • Sun
    5:35 pm873 Long Dr, Aberdeen, MD 21001

    Join the Brigances for Football Night at the Aberdeen IronBirds' game on Sunday, August 14th at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium.

    Prior to the Aberdeen IronBirds' game against the Lowell Spinners, O.J. Brigance will be honored as the Hometown Hero and O.J. and his wife Chanda will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

    Throughout the game, fans can visit the organization's table on the concourse for information, donations and a chance to win prizes.

    Buy your tickets to the game here!

  • Sat
    12:00PM - 5:00PMHorseshoe Casino Baltimore - 1525 Russell Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

    With another exciting football season upon us, 98 Rock is searching for the best dip to accompany a Ravens game at its first ever 98 Rock Dip Bowl on Saturday, September 24th at Horseshoe Casino’s outdoor entertainment plaza. Attendees are invited to sample dips prepared by 15 local Ravens Roosts who will showcase their favorite dips, competing against one another for the chance to win awards and prizes. In addition to voting for their favorites, attendees will also enjoy additional food, beverages and music in a tailgate atmosphere.

    98 Rock’s Justin, Scott & Spiegel will host the event which will benefit the Brigance Brigade Foundation.

    The 98 Rock Dip Bowl will be held from 12:00pm – 5:00pm at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, located at 1525 Russell Street, Baltimore, MD 21230. Attendees can purchase tickets ($5.00 to enter) at the Casino on the day of the event with cash, check, or credit card; the first 500 guests in the door will receive a commemorative mug. This event is rain or shine.

    The 98 Rock Dip Bowl is a 21+ event and everyone is encouraged to bring their friends and colleagues!

  • Fri
    7:00 PM - 11:00 PMHard Rock Cafe Baltimore, 601 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202

    The Brigance Brigade Foundation is excited to team up with the Hard Rock Café again this year to raise funds for families battling ALS at the second annual Soirée with O.J. – A Rockin’ Good Time!

    For tickets visit: or simply click here > Soiree with O.J. tickets!

    For information on the event, our special guests, and sponsorship opportunities please click here!

    We thank you in advance for equipping, encouraging and empowering those with ALS, and we look forward to seeing you on October 21st!

  • Sun
    All DayBlandair Park - Columbia, Maryland

    The Big12 Fall Lacrosse Invitational, founded by Kevin Mayer, Director of Rock Lacrosse, was established to provide 2020, 2019 and 2018 teams with a highly competitive fall tournament where teams can compete at the highest level while receiving recruiting exposure to NCAA Division I, II, III programs.

    Now in its second year, the Big12 Fall Lacrosse Invitational will again support the Brigance Brigade Foundation and work to bring much needed awareness to ALS, a devastating disease that affected Mayer’s family.

    Mayer hopes to utilize the growth of lacrosse to develop a fundraising outlet for ALS. Mayer’s father, Frank “Lynn” Mayer, lost his battle with the disease in 2001. Frank, who had been a driving force in the family’s involvement in lacrosse, had spent the last 5 years of his life in a wheelchair and greatly valued his support network which allowed him to live with the disease in a dignified manner.

  • Tue
    All Day

    We have a day for giving thanks. We have two days for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Take part in the #GivingTuesday movement and give the gift of care this holiday season.

    #GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.

    Please consider supporting the Brigance Brigade Foundation this holiday season and giving the gift of care to those in need. Learn more and donate here.

    Large or small, your donation gives the gift of care to those in need. Thank you for your continued support of the Brigance Brigade Foundation! 

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