Welcome to the Christopher Gibney Foundation.
Dear Friends of Christopher Gibney,
Our Little Rainbow Dragon:
In the Summer of 2016, our daughter, Bridget, developed stomach flu symptoms that lasted over a week. This was very disturbing to us since we are a family who has lost a child to neuroblastoma and the initial symptoms can be similar. The anxious memories of 2007 came flooding back as we
packed overnight bags not knowing if we would be sent on to Kaiser Zion Hospital for an extended stay after we took Bridget to Urgent Care.
Fortunately for us, this time no cancer was to be found and our family health has been excellent! And so the Summer of 2017 was spent instead with Bridget progressing with her Irish Dancing and a family vacation in Northern California enjoying horseback riding, golfing, exploring caverns and fly fishing. David has been able to return to his composing & recording;; producing a 3rd album, “Voice of the Ancestors” under his artist moniker, “Grayhawk”. This new album will be dedicated to Christopher and is slated to be released in late 2018. David’s prior albums, “Grayhawk: Shaman Journey” & “Grayhawk: Blissful Magic: Spiral of the Celtic Mysteries” have been rereleased under a new distribution agreement and can now be accessed through most streaming & download services worldwide. For more information go to
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/grayhawk1 or www.deepspacedisc.com
In the months leading up to Christopher’s Stage IV, High Risk neuroblastoma diagnosis in January of 2007, he had been misdiagnosed thirteen times. Unfortunately, this is a common experience for parents of children afflicted by neuroblastoma since many primary pediatricians are not screening or looking for this disease. For those of you with young children, if you have a blood draw with an irregular red blood cell count or other anomaly, that is the time to press for further testing or a referral to pediatric hematology/oncology. Christopher had such an irregularity over a year prior to his diagnosis and in retrospect, further testing at that time may have resulted in an earlier diagnosis and a different outcome.
Complete Blood Count (CBC) tests and Vanillymandelic Acid and Creatinine (VAC) urine tests would be relevant to neuroblastoma and other forms of pediatric cancer. VAC urine tests can indicate the presence of a tumor affecting the adrenal glands which is a common location for the onset of this disease.
Although we have dodged the bullet for now, this worst nightmare starts anew and continues for many other children and families. Our firsthand experience drives us with persistence to continue our assistance to them and the researchers who actively fight this deadly disease. Currently, there is a little 6-year old boy in Temecula, Christian, who is fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. We are reaching out to help this family. You can offer direct support at https://www.gofundme.com/christians-fight-against-
With the help of your donations, the Christopher Gibney Foundation has donated over $5,000 to help families afflicted by neuroblastoma and other forms of childhood cancer
and to support organizations such as NANT, New Approached to Neuroblastoma Therapy (www.nant.org) and Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation (www.cncfparks.org/help-a-child/ ) that are committed to funding clinical studies and research dedicated to finding a cure for neuroblastoma.
The Christopher Gibney Foundation began as the Windsor Music Foundation that David founded in 2003 to support music education to help offset severe cuts to music
education at that time. After Christopher’s illness and death, we renamed the foundation after him and felt compelled to expand its mission to include increasing awareness of
neuroblastoma and supporting research and helping families that are affected by this catastrophic illness.
The Christopher Gibney Foundation continues to support Music Education. In addition to providing over 34 band instruments to several elementary & middle school programs,
we have helped to fund an afterschool music tutoring program these past two years that enables motivated yet underprivileged music students to fine tune their skills.
As a vital partner partner in our annual fundraising drive, would you please consider as generous a donation as possible? Whether the amount is $5.00, $10.00, $25.00,
$50.00, $100.00, $500.00, $1,000.00, $2,500.00, $5,000.00 or more…Thank you for your generosity! The Christopher Gibney Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, so your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. (Tax I.D. 26-0068700) Donations can be mailed directly to us or accomplished online at
Thank you for your consideration in helping us honor and remember our beloved son by
With Loving Kindness and in Memory of Christopher,
Quynh & David Gibney