Brave Like Me Foundation

Name of Non-Profit Organization *
Brave Like Me Foundation
Today’s Date: * Monday, March 13, 2023
Organization’s website
EIN / 501(C)(3)Number *
What year did your organization receive it’s non-profit status? *
Address *

361 Circlewood Lane
Wyoming, OH 45215
United States
County *
Hamilton County
Your Name * Cori Besse
Your Title *
Compliance Officer
Your email address *
Your Phone Number (513) 205-1442
Executive Director’s Name *
John Otten
Executive Director’s email address *
What is the mission of your organization?
Brave Like Me is a non-profit organization focused on inspiring and improving the lives of children suffering from complex medical conditions. We help the communities surrounding these children, aiming to foster clarity, confidence and resilience in their fight against the illness and in their effort to live the fullest life possible. We achieve this through four programs designed to address specific areas of opportunity and need – Brave Pets, Brave Friends, Brave Parents and Brave Schools.
Which social causes (up to 3 choices) does your agency address through its programming? *
  • (1) Animals
  • (3) Children
  • (5) Education
Any comments about your selections you would like to share with the student philanthropists?
Animals: Brave Pets is designed to create safe and fun spaces for Children’s Hospital Patients and their family pets. Only a handful of children’s hospitals in the United States have dedicated pet centers where children can visit with their own furry family members. We envision a place where children can throw a ball with their dog or laugh at their cat chasing a laser point on the ground. That’s why we’re working to create Brave Pets centers.

Children: Brave Friends is a program designed to provide life-changing mini-adventures for kids and teens impacted by complex health conditions. We know that conquering fears is easier with the support of friends, so we encourage these kids to bring 2-4 friends along for their adventures. Our adventures will include indoor rock climbing, high-ropes courses, zip-lining, and more. By helping these kids and teens live brave lives, we hope to inspire them to believe that anything is possible.

Education: The Brave Like Brayden Library is a specially curated collection of children’s books designed to teach life lessons that were important to Brayden. These lessons include courage, perseverance, honesty, integrity, humor, cooperation, and curiosity. By providing children in underserved communities with access to these books, we hope to help them develop their own literacy skills and foster a love of reading.

Does your organization have volunteer opportunities available for students? *
Yes, Grades 6 – 12
List possible volunteer opportunities -or- a link to where they can be found on the web.
While our volunteer opportunities will expand over time, our current opportunities are with our Brave Schools partner, Queen City Book Bank (QCBB). This organization is creating a “Brave Like Brayden Library” to complement their curated book distribution program. This unique program enables teachers in underserved schools to select new books based on each child’s interest, reading, level and background. Each child receives 10 new books per school year.

Inspired by Brayden, the QCBB is adding this special collection of books which teach the important and universal lessons taught by the way he lived his life. Once these books are received to the QCBB warehouse, they will need to be prepped for delivery to students. This includes being stickered with a book plate so that each child can write their name in the front of the book and also stickered on the outside of the book to indicate that it is part of this special collection. In addition to these tasks, volunteers could also assist by hosting a book drive or sorting/shelving new and used books at the Queen City Book Bank.

Volunteer coordinator Michelle Guenther
Volunteer coordinator’s email address
Volunteer coordinator’s phone number (513) 256-2529