Who we are
Sharday and Mario Richardson, founders of the Forever Moriah Foundation, know first hand the challenges of caring for a child who is terminally ill. Their oldest daughter, Moriah, was diagnosed in 2011, at the tender age of two, with a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a rare and inoperable form of pediatric brain cancer. Moriah gained her angel wings in September of 2013, two weeks shy of her fifth birthday.
In 2018, they decided to launch the Forever Moriah Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. At the Forever Moriah Foundation, they believe that hope is an integral part of a patient’s ability to be physically healthy. Raising a child who is sick impacts the whole family. Through the Forever Moriah Foundation, they are dedicated to providing hope and healing to the family as a whole through their unique and uplifting programs.
Sharday, recalls how in August 2011, after Moriah completed her first round of treatment she wanted to do something special for her. Moriah was sedated and underwent 30 radiation treatments, Monday thru Friday for 5 weeks. One thing that helped Moriah continue to show braveness was the fact that her parents promised her once she completed treatments, they would throw her biggest party her little mind could imagine. They honored their word and Moriah got her very own carnival, equipped with 2 moon bounces, a merry go round, a cotton candy machine, a pop corn machine, a host of carnival games, a prize booth, and tickets plastered with her precious little face. Surrounded by family, friends, and a lot of love, her family did not know this was the last event they were going to be able to fully enjoy with her before she became too sick to enjoy the world around her. These are the memories that their family now holds dear to their heart.
Now they have made it their personal mission to help as many children and families as they can to also create beautiful memories that will forever live on in their hearts and minds!