Maria Ciarrocca

Pitches no hitter against Leukemia and throws first pitch at home opener of her favorite team, Tampa Rays.

Alente Johnson

Attends the Under Armour Recruiting Classic after undergoing 10 surgeries.

Megan Millman

Receives a kiss from her favorite player, Joe Mauer, after knocking Leukemia out of the park.

Brady VandenBerghe

Beats AML Leukemia, meets Andrew McCutcheon and Neil Walker before Pirates game.

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What We Do

The Courage for Life Foundation grants life encouraging sports experiences to high school athletes with life threatening illnesses.

John Challis

John Challis was a junior at Freedom High School, Freedom, PA when he was diagnosed with Hepatocellular Carcinoma in June 2006.

Throughout his 2-year battle, John met and inspired many pro athletes and coaches from the MLB, NFL and NHL including Mario Lemieux, Ben Roethlisburger and Alex Rodriguez. His wonderful, positive outlook was a lesson to everyone, young and old, on how to live life to its fullest.

Although John lost this battle to cancer on August 19, 2008, his story continues to inspire others. It was John's wish to create a foundation to help others with life-threatening illnesses to share in similar experiences as he had to encourage and uplift them throughout their own journey.

Welcome to the John Challis Courage for Life Foundation.

Learn More About John


Apply for a CFL Sporting Experience

High school athletes with life threatening illnesses are encouraged to apply for a Courage for Life sporting experience. We are excited that you are considering us to be a part of your journey!

Apply for a Heart of a Champion Scholarship

Each year, the Courage for Life Foundation awards two scholarships in the amount of $2,500. We are now accepting applications for 2016. Deadline is February 15th.

Latest News

November 19, 2015
Download the 2016 Heart of a Champion Scholarship Application

June 29, 2015
Learn about our newest Sporting Experience recipient, Andy Ross!

April 26, 2015
Join Courage for Life at these Upcoming Events!

Thank You!

Because of your support, we are quite grateful to have provided many people with life-lasting memories by the accomplishments of this foundation throughout these past 8 years.

Please consider any future contributions to either:

The Gulf Tower 707 GRANT STREET, 37th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219


6297 Buffalo Road
Harborcreek, PA 16421-0000

These are two very worthwhile Pennsylvania Nonprofit 501(c)(3) nonprofit entities in which we strongly support.