The Kuykenstrong Foundation is a nonprofit corporation organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, scientific, and literary purposes.
Specifically, Kuykenstrong was established in May, 2014, in honor of Shawn Kuykendall, who died on March 12, 2014, of thymic carcinoma at age 32. Shawn was a well-known personality in the greater Washington soccer community. Despite and through his illness, he became a positive influence on many others, especially children undergoing cancer treatments and their families.
Both friends and family agreed creating a foundation to provide support to children undergoing cancer treatments and their families would be a worthy tribute to honor Shawn’s legacy as a testament to Shawn’s giving nature and his ability to inspire others to support worthy causes. Shawn’s story was covered by the Washington Post.
The Kuykenstrong Foundation’s mission is to support families battling pediatric cancer. It has partnered with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, to support the work of its Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. The Division is part of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center—the area’s only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center and one of only 41 in the nation. More information about the Division can be found here.
The Kuykenstrong Foundation Board of Directors
Mike Foss | Chairman
Kurt Kuykendall | President
David Miller | Treasurer
Kyle Sheldon | Secretary
Arun Gupta | Director
Clarence Goodson | Honorary Board Member
Nick Rimando | Honorary Board Member