Al Gustafson is on the Advisory Council of the Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium and serves on the Board of Swifty Foundation, among several others; in addition to his work in ministry, Al is the president of the Gustafson Family Foundation, a private foundation promoting the development and education of young children at risk. His son Michael was diagnosed with medullablastoma which unfortunately recurred after treatment and a declaration of having been cancer free; he knew he would not be here long, and succumbed to the disease in 2013. He shared with his family his excitement at the opportunity to donate his body to science after much introspection as to what his life meant after his prognosis was certain. His vision, to cure brain cancer, and the name Swifty defines the Foundation that has arisen and flourished as a result of his ultimate sacrifice.
Not only is Swifty Foundation successful at raising funds for pediatric brain cancer research, they are designing a program which facilitates urgently needed tissue donation for research. This much-needed program shows promise of having greater implementation on a nationwide basis, and further facilitating the research so urgently needed to save lives.