I am on a quest to find those companies and individuals who inspire me to give back, support, and remain selfless. When discovering The Young and Brave, I couldn’t help but want to encourage their success. We interviewed Matt Coulter, co-founder of this organization to find out how they do what they do.

What is the mission statement behind The Young and Brave?

The Young and Brave Foundation is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping young people beat cancer.  We aim to help these brave fighters and their families overcome the challenges and hardships brought upon by cancer. Built on the foundation of LOVE we exist to inspire, encourage, inform, as well as to invest directly into treatment and recovery. We do so through networking, individual fundraising drives, community building, and financial support. Our one goal is to stand up and fight cancer for those that shouldn’t have to stand alone.

How did this organization begin it’s
journey?

The Young and Brave Foundation was created in 2010 to help raise funds for medical expenses and community awareness for a dear friend’s sudden cancer diagnosis. Our journey started out as a temporary fix to a very serious problem: beating cancer! The cancer came out of nowhere, a complete shock, and was the last thing anyone expected. But it was the fight for life that occurred after the diagnosis that truly opened our eyes to reality. After experiencing this on an intimate level with our dear friend the writing was on the wall, we must do more, much more.

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In 2011 The Foundation received its 501(c)(non-profit) status with the vision of helping young adults, teens, and families with little ones diagnosed with all forms of cancer. This was a huge accomplishment and essential to the growth of the Foundation. Fulfilling this goal gave us the confidence to realize that we were on the right path. With many new opportunities coming our way we are beyond blessed and so excited for the future.

Where did the name come from?

The name came from the two main co-founders Nathaniel Curran and Matt Coulter. After deciding that building a movement/brand/non-profit foundation was the goal figuring out the name was the most important thing. After throwing around a few ideas and nothing really sticking we turned our focus to understanding exactly what we wanted to be about as an organization. Coming along side those that were young, brave and battling cancer was the idea and fighting this deadly disease with them no matter the circumstance was the goal. Once this was clear they thought naming the foundation after these people was the perfect fit and The Young and Brave Foundation was formed.

Whom have you helped directly and perhaps indirectly?

Being a grassroots organization every single person we have been able to help has either had a direct relationship with a member of the foundation or been a friend of a friend. As we are growing and more and more people are finding out about who we are the opportunity to help so many people is being put at our doorstep. We are so excited about the people we are meeting and blessed to help in any way possible.

So far we have been able to bring awareness and fundraise for about 7 people. From a young girl dealing with a 5 year battle of a rare form of cancer, to a young father that lost a limb due to amputation, to a young woman that was diagnosed with Leukemia.

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These are just a few examples but as more people find out about the cause, the opportunity to help more that are young and brave is endless. We feel completely blessed and strive to help as many as possible!

How do you hope to reach out to people?

In the past months we have grown through social media a great deal and really see this as a great avenue to grow and expose what our cause is all about. Our new website is currently being built and once completed we will grow exponentially. The website will be a major tool in exposure for the foundation but more importantly a huge resource for each one of our“warriors batting cancer.

Building a community of people helping those that are young and brave is the #1 goal. In this day and age there is no better way than through social media.

How can people support your cause?

At this point following us on all of our forms of social media; Instagram, Facebook and twitter is a great way. Also attending anyone of our charity events, for example, coming out to The Malibu Invitational, the 7th annual pro/am surf contest held at first point Malibu in southern California on August 3-4 2013.

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Obviously once our website is complete following our blog of everyday happenings, learning about events, purchasing soft goods and most importantly learning about each and every person we are supporting will be right at your fingertips.

www.theyoungandbrave.com

What do you hope comes out of this company in the future?

At an early age I was told you have to dream big. If the dream doesn’t scare you it isn’t big enough. All of this is pretty cliché but is honest about what we want this foundation to be.

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We want to build a Foundation/Brand/Movement that gives us the availability to help millions of young people all over the globe fight this terrible disease called cancer. So far we have only helped people we know but eventually we want to give opportunity to complete strangers to partner with us, build a global community, and help all those that are young and brave and battling cancer.

Every single Mom, Dad, brother, Auntie and Grandpa that has a young person in their life fighting this ugly disease will have the opportunity through our organization to fight like hell against cancer. We feel it is our duty to provide those resources to make beating cancer a reality.

Who is the biggest inspiration?  Feel free to name drop specifics or be general.

To us the biggest inspiration are the few beautiful people that we have been able to come along side and help through their battle with cancer. These young people don’t complain about their circumstances and have continually put others needs and wants in front of their own. We are beyond humbled by their journey and fight!! It’s not athletes or movie stars that inspire us it is the everyday child or young adult that fights cancer with everything inside of them that propels everyone at The Young and Brave Foundation to chase our dream.

How were you most affected by this company or disease?

Cancer is one of the gnarliest, scariest most deadly diseases in the world. Watching a loved one go through a battle with cancer is a life changing event. There is no way to prepare for cancer but once you have it you are in for the fight of your life. Each onc of our founders has seen this first hand and have been deeply affected by it.