The Beez Foundation was named after Jennifer “Beez” Beisswanger after she lost her fight with brain cancer. During her ordeal, we learned that brain cancer is the 2nd most prevalent cancer in kids. However, because more children can survive leukemia (the number 1 cancer), brain cancer is the number 1 cancer killer in kids.
During Jennifer's fight, she exhausted all possible treatments that were available at the time. After her death and after approaching Dr. Ira Dunkel to learn what the Beez Foundation could do to help prevent other parents from losing their child to brain cancer, we were encouraged to fund brain cancer research.
The Beez Foundation accepted that challenge.
Throughout the year, it hosts fundraisers that are family oriented, fun events, staying true to Jennifer’s philosophy of "family first". Every year, The Beez Foundation awards grants during the month of February to honor Jennifer’s birth month. It was decided that the funding would be for initial phase research to encourage more researchers to seek the cure for brain cancer. The Medical Advisory Board of the Foundation evaluates all research proposals and makes their recommendation to the Executive Board.
To date, two research projects have been successful enough to be permitted to go to clinical trials.
In September 2019, the Beez Foundation will be at the center of the City of New Brunswick's Raritan River Festival. At race time, up to 5,000 adorable little yellow rubber ducks will be dropped into the Delaware and Raritan Canal and race past our pavilion to the finish line. Each duck has a number on it. If the number on one of the first three ducks across the finish line matches the number on your Adoption Ticket, you win!
The Beez Foundation Rubber Duck Race - is again this year’s featured event at the Raritan River Festival which will be held at Boyd Park in New Brunswick on September 22, 2019.
The festival draws thousands of people every year. It’s been the pre-eminent environmental and entertainment festival in New Jersey for over 30 years.
On Festival day, bring the whole family for rides, games, live music and food and drink. Admission is free and includes The Beez Foundation’s Duckland™, which is a special place where kids can go and have fun playing games, doing art and just having fun. Every duck adoption gets you 5 Duck Bills, which are the “money” in Duckland.