Since 2002, The Michael J Dunleavy Foundation has helped in the fight against childhood cancers and brain tumors.


Our Story

The Michael J. Dunleavy Foundation was founded in 2002 following the passing of its name sake Michael James Dunleavy, age eight, who succumbed to an inoperable brain tumor which was first diagnosed in the late spring of that year. The Foundation was born out of Michael's own desire to help other children who had cancerous brain tumors or other illness and their families.


OUR Giving Philosophy

While all cancer research is very important, the Michael J. Dunleavy Foundation focuses on childhood cancers and brain tumor research as well as treatment and assistance for children and families afflicted with this illness. All proceeds go to support these types of research or to organizations that assist families during these difficult times. We rely on our volunteer organization and donations from both public and private sources to insure that the highest possible amounts are given to support our goals. 

It is true we cannot go backwards to help all those who have gone before us. But through your generosity we can certainly make a difference to those who are suffering now, and those who could be spared the suffering in the future.
— The Michael J. Dunleavy Foundation

What We've Achieved

  • A tremendous local and social following through the annual white-collar boxing fundraiser, A Bout to Benefit.
  • International awareness and support through 12—and counting!—Annual Five Mile Walk & Road Races in Doolin, County Clare, Ireland.
  • Support for our local hospitals with  donations to the Michael Dunleavy Memorial Pediatric Brain Tumor Fund at Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • Community outreach through the support for Camp Sunshine in Casco, ME,  helping them expand their programs with numerous contributions.
  • Continued community involvement through the organization of concerts, golf tournaments, and other events to raise funds for the cause. For more information, please visit the foundation's website at