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Our Invitation

Join us at the 2019 Summer Bash for Childhood Cancer, Midsummer’s Night Dream. This fundraiser, sponsored by the Metro Area Youth Foundation will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 5:30 PM at the Embassy Suites La Vista Convention Center. The Summer Bash allows us to heighten the public awareness of the financial hardship experienced by families with a child battling cancer. Funds raised are used to help support those families and also assist organizations that provide free camp for kids with cancer. See you at the Bash!

Sid & Dawn Dinsdale, Honorary Chairs

Brady Jorgensen, 2019 Summer Bash Ambassador

The silent auction is open for Metro Area Youth Foundations Summer Bash 2019! Register at to start bidding! We thank you for your support!

Our Goals

  • Provide financial and other support to children receiving treatment for cancer.

  • Assist families and care partners of pediatric cancer patients.

  • Assist healthcare providers and camps serving children with cancer.


Our Impact

The money, that the Summer Bash provides, has a direct impact on the lives of our children and gives our families a chance to focus on healing, growing closer as a family, and savoring every moment they have together. As social workers, we are so thankful for the generosity from the Summer Bash. Your dollars are making a difference!
— Christina Chesters, PLMHP, PCMSW Neuro Oncology, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Omaha, NE

91 Families

we have helped in 2018

A recent request: “I’m asking for help with my rent bill. I’ve been unable to work due to my son’s recent diagnosis of Leukemia. All my time is spent with him here at the hospital.”



Family Assistance last year

“My son has a brain tumor. It’s been a very long road for our family with lots of ups and downs. When we come to our downs, it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the Summer Bash.”


13 Years and counting…

children & Families Impacted

The Summer Bash has a given over $600,000 to families, special camps for children with cancer and hospital oncology units since we started.

Who We Are

The Metro Area Youth Foundation, Inc. is a corporation formed by the Omaha, Nebraska area Optimist Clubs. The Nebraska clubs are Bellevue, Blair, Elkhorn, Gretna, Omaha Breakfast, Miracle Hills, Omaha North, Omaha Southwest, Omaha West, Papillion-LaVista, Plattsmouth , and Ralston, The Iowa clubs are Council Bluffs, Tabor, Underwood, and Oakland/Riverside. MAYF is an all volunteer group. We are a 501(C)3 organization which allows donations to be tax deductible.

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Where the Money Goes

Proceeds from the Summer Bash Benefit


Families That have a child with cancer

Our support helps families with children who are treated at Omaha area hospitals. We help offset basic living expenses related to treatment. In 2018, nearly $100,000 was given directly to families for assistance.


Camp Quality of the heartland camp CoHoLo

Camp Quality is a summer camping experience and year round support program for 70-80 children with cancer. Camp CoHoLo is an acronym for Courage, Hope and Love. This summer camp hosts 140-160 children with cancer and blood disorders.


Pediatric Oncology Units at Nebraska Medicine and CHildren’s Hospital and Medical Center

The hospital used funds for New Patient Packets and gas cards to assist families traveling long distances for treatment.

We are so grateful for everyone that helps the Metro Area Youth Foundation and participates in the Summer Bash to support families like mine. Our family received a diagnosis that our 15 year old son has Osteosarcoma in January 2019. He has had 8 surgeries so far and over 100 nights in the hospital. We still haven’t finished all the chemotherapy treatments, he still needs 6 more. He will also undergo another limb salvage surgery as the prosthetic that was put in his leg in April had to be removed due to infection. He will also require a lot of physical and occupational therapy. Our son has not been able to attend high school since his diagnosis. This has put a strain on our family and receiving funds has helped ease the burden of keeping up with our financial commitments.
— a parent

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Our Ambassador

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Brady Jorgensen

Brady is in 7th grade at Wilson Middle School in Council Bluffs. He is in advanced math and enjoys Spanish. He is in the Chess Club, plays drum in the school band and is on the Academic Honor Roll.


It all started…

One evening in 2007. when Brady Jorgensen was 9 months old, his mother, Brandy, noticed his left eye twitching. Less than two weeks later, Brady was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Neurosurgeons in Omaha removed 70 percent of the butterfly-shaped mass. Within ten weeks post surgery, 60 percent had grown back. Brady began an 18 month chemotherapy regimen. Brain MRIs were done every three months and for a while everything seemed stable.

In June 2010, Brady’s tumor started growing, which led to 13 months of chemotherapy. In July, 2013 tumor regrowth returned again, bringing more uncertainty to his family. In October 2014. when scans showed that the tumor had not diminished, Brady’s mom decided to seek a second opinion. She contacted pediatric cancer specialists at the University of Iowa. In February2015, Brady began a six-week course of radiotherapy receiving 28 treatments, Monday through Friday.

Brady’s tumor is categorized as a pilomyxoid astrocytoma. This rare type of tumor occurs often in the hypothalamus, the area of the brain responsible for the body’s key hormones. Pilobyxois astrocytoma also can affect the brain’s optic nerve. For Brady, this caused the initial eye twitching, which has since led to total vision less in his left eye and significant vision loss in his right eye.

Brady is in 7th grade at Wilson Middle School in Council Bluffs. He is in advanced math and enjoys Spanish. He is in the Chess Club, plays drum in the school band and is on the Academic Honor Roll


Sid & Dawn Dinsdale

Honorary Chairmen of the 2019 Summer Bash


Dawn and Sid Dinsdale have personally been very active in the Omaha area for many years serving on boards and supporting nonprofit efforts.

Sid is the Chairman of Pinnacle Bank with 73 locations across the state.  The company operates a community bank model, meaning each market President has a lot of autonomy and staff is expected to be involved in the community.  This includes each bank identifying and supporting local charities.  Pinnacle Bank in the Omaha metro contributes significantly to many charities.

“Cancer, especially in children, is an evil disease.   We are privileged to be part of the Metro Area Youth Foundation and their Summer Bash event to raise money to support those families with children battling cancer. As we all know the bills of life still arrive even when a family is dealing with sick kids!     We want to congratulate the volunteers who created and now sustain this family support.