Who We Are | Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation provides exceptional hospital and respite housing services to critically ill children and their families. Our unique programs bring comfort, hope, and joy to children and their families, enabling them to renew their spirits mentally and physically.
What We Believe | We believe in keeping families together during a child’s medical crisis, and that the gentle cadence of normal family life has a powerful influence on the healing process. We believe the highest standards of service and unparalleled hospitality help create a unique healing environment, where families find hope and comfort.
Since 1986, Believe In Tomorrow has provided over 900,000 individual overnight accommodations, from every state in the U.S. and more than 82 countries worldwide. Our unique hospital housing and respite housing serve as a support system for when families need it most. Navigate through our programs below or continue reading to learn more about Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation.
What began as a volunteer-led effort in 1982 has now grown to many programs serving families of critically ill children from all over the world.
Foundation begins to look at addressing longer term needs of pediatric cancer and cystic fibrosis patients. Works to establish one of the very first teen cancer support groups in the country at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Foundation creates formal program to sponsor support groups for teen cancer at other hospitals. Foundation also creates Beach Respite Housing, the first pediatric respite housing program in the United States for children with life-threatening illnesses. Program starts with one rented ocean-front condo in Ocean City, MD, that is made available to families free of charge throughout their child’s illness as a place to renew their spirits during treatment.
Respite Housing expands to three rented ocean-front units and one mountain cabin in Virginia. Local Adventures and In-Hospital Entertainment programs created to provide ongoing services to critically ill children.
Foundation creates Pain Management and Distraction Program through the placement of distraction and focusing boxes in critical care hospital clinics. Foundation also sponsors award-winning video, Don’t Freeze Me Out, about teen cancer patients and problems they experienced in schools. Video distributed to school systems throughout the United States and profiled on Good Morning America.
1997 – 1999
Foundation creates the Dreamsurfer Network©, an internet support group for critically ill children throughout the United States and the world. Dreamsurfer helps end isolation often faced by these children due to their illnesses. In 1999 Cystic fibrosis patients in Australia link to the Dreamsurfer Network©.
2007 – 2008
Believe In Tomorrow opens the Children’s House at Deep Creek Lake in the Alleghany Mountains of Western Maryland, the third mountain respite home. Foundation also breaks ground for a new Beach Respite on 65th Street in Ocean City, Maryland.
Believe In Tomorrow National Children’s Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Believe In Tomorrow is proud to adhere to the highest standards of fiscal responsibility. Through rigorous independent annual reviews, Believe In Tomorrow has been certified to meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and fiscal responsibility.
Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation
The Believe In Tomorrow Children’s House at Johns Hopkins
Our Founder and Board
Brian Morrison, Founder and President of Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation, strives to discover creative solutions to meet the needs of children and families undergoing treatment for life threatening illnesses. In 1982, Brian started a volunteer effort to help these children and families, which quickly grew and expanded into a nonprofit organization.
Brian’s vision led Believe In Tomorrow to develop the first and only pediatric respite facilities in the United States in 1986, followed closely by a hospital housing program for families of children receiving treatment at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Under Brian’s leadership, the organization also developed the first long-term residential facility for pediatric bone marrow transplant patients and their families.
Beyond the office, Brian is an avid hiker and enjoys hiking adventures in the Grand Canyon, often coupled with a fundraising effort to benefit Believe In Tomorrow programs. A father to five sons, Brian enjoys spending time with them.
Brian has served on a number of national, regional, and community non-profit boards, including the National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses, Children First – America’s Charities, and Children’s Charities of America.
- Chairman Richard E. McCready
- Vice Chairman David Reymann
- President & Founder Brian Morrison
- Treasurer Christie Hunter
- Secretary Coard Simpler
- Parent Representative Tom Delaney
- Linda Abell
- David Amick, The Amick Company
- Dorsey Baldwin, An Poitin Stil Irish Pub & Restaurant
- Nancy Caplan
- Jeffrey Elkin, Advance Business Systems
- Mark Gaulin, Gaulin Properties, LLC
- Wes Guckert, The Traffic Group, Inc.
- Buck Mann, Mann Properties, Inc.
- Cole Mangum, Bell Nursery
- Yvonne Mrha, Live! Casino & Hotel
- Michael R. Murphy
- Howard Perlow, Residential Title
- Dave Pruitt, Stanley Access Technologies/Allegion
- Kim Reese, Cadence Enviromental Energy
- Dave Seibert, T. Rowe Price
- Michael Thompson, Edison Electric Company, Inc.
- Judge Keith Truffer, Circuit Court for Baltimore County
- Scott Vogt, Vogt Associates
- Trent Waite, Cummings & Co. Realtors
- Doug Widlake, Lakewood Manufacturing
- Peter G. Angelos Esq.
- Leonard P. Berger, M.D.
- Marylou Boyd
- Benjamin Carson, M.D.
- Steve Geppi
- Nancy Kelleher
- Brendan V. Sullivan Esq.