beNeFit IX

Thank you to all who participated!

Enjoy Dan and Jennifer's recap below of the beNeFit IX!

First and foremost, we want to say THANK YOU. Whether from the comfort of your home, or the TCF ballroom, we are eternally grateful that you have stayed on this journey with us to find a cure to end NF for good.

At the beNeFit IX gala this year, you and 1200 other “campers” demonstrated your record-breaking support that enabled us to raise more than $8.7 million to fight NF. The funds will continue to support NF Forward (NFForwardDetroit.org) and the Children's Tumor Foundation (CTF.org) to fund critical research to advance a cure for this debilitating disorder. Because of you, we are one step closer to living in a world without NF.

Check out the short video recap of the November's Gala HERE

This year's 'Strength and Honor Award' was presented to Travis Carpenter.

Travis is a young man with NF whose need for speed, unwavering resilience, and enthusiasm for life motivates us all. Despite what most would consider a tremendous loss, Travis has lived his life with gratitude and fearlessness. Travis inspired us all that night when he said:

“It’s sort of funny to think that I now have more, not less, because my tumor filled leg is no longer holding me back. Nothing will hold me back.”

Once again, much gratitude for your generous support. We are consistently humbled by the turnout and results, especially in a year like this one. Fighting NF sometimes feels like trying to boil the ocean. But with you standing alongside us and contributing toward a cure, that ocean seems a little smaller.

Mark your calendars for next year’s beNeFit X, the 10th anniversary of NF Forward’s annual gala, on Saturday, November 19 in downtown Detroit. We hope to see you there to help catapult us even closer to a cure.

We wish you a happy, healthy, inspirational, and productive 2022...

Jennifer, Dan, and the entire Gilbert family

Honoree

Travis Carpenter

Travis is a young man with NF whose need for speed, unwavering resilience, and enthusiasm for life motivates us all. Despite what most would consider a tremendous loss, Travis has lived his life with gratitude and fearlessness.

Honorary Committee