About Us

Our Mission

Deliver a Bag of Fun to every sick child whose health and happiness is both compromised and threatened.

Our Vision

We exist to bring joy, laughter and relief to every child fighting a life threatening disease or condition.

About Us

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It was Gabby’s wish that every child at the hospital could have their very own Bag of Fun.

Gabby Krause was an amazing six-year old who died in September 2004 after a courageous 19-month battle with brain cancer.

Gabby loved purple, swimming, and coke-flavored slurpees. She sang, danced and laughed her way through chemotherapy. She found the silly in everything! It is in her memory that the Gabby Krause Foundation was started, and in her spirit that the Bags of Fun program began. Gabby had the original Bag of Fun filled with toys and fun activities when she was battling her brain cancer. Her bag helped keep her busy and happy during long hospital visits. To the delight of other patients, she always shared her games and toys.

It was Gabby’s wish that every child at the hospital could have their very own Bag of Fun.

The Gabby Krause Foundation was started because of Gabby’s special wish. The signature project, Bags of Fun, was created in the spirit of Gabby’s original bag of toys and fun activities that kept her happy and silly during hours of chemotherapy and treatment.

The Bags of Fun program is a journey that began in 2004 when Gabby’s mother needed to help her focus on the joy of being a little girl and playing with My Little Pony dolls instead of needle pokes. This journey has grown into a movement to harness the power of play to instigate happiness when the thought of sickness and dying is at the forefront of families’ hearts and heads.

Staff

Tammy Krause

Tammy Krause

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Kirklyn Simonton

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Windy Zurcher

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Kelly Moran

Board

Tammy Krause: Chairman, Officer
Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Gabby Krause Foundation

Kirklyn Simonton: Secretary, Officer
Development and Operations Director of the Gabby Krause Foundation

Kelly Moran: Staff
Financial Director of the Gabby Krause Foundation

Tom Rogan: President, Officer
Chief Executive Officer, BTE Technologies

Douglas Slaybaugh, Treasurer, Officer
Partner, EKS&H

Matthew Rivera: Advisory Committee
Director of Finance, The Griffiths Centers

Keli Kinsella: Advisory Committee
Instructional Coach, Cherry Creek Schools

Tom Briggs: Advisory Committee
Regional Vice President, Transamerica Retirement Solutions

Matt Zurcher: Advisory Committee
Senior Vice President, Home Advisor

Melissa Widener: Advisory Committee
MPAS, PA-C, Children’s Colorado