Drew Hildebrand Teen Benefit Fund

It takes courage to change

The Drew Hildebrand Teen Benefit Fund has been established in the memory of Drew Hildebrand, who died as a victim of teen violence at the age of 16, April 8, 2008. We watched Drew strive to make good decisions and cope with the tremendous pressures that today’s teens are up against on a day to day basis.

Drew’s fund will recognize “turnaround teens” who have demonstrated initiative in pursuing a better life.  Drew was a “turnaround teen”. It takes tremendous courage for teens to change.  We want to recognize and reward that kind of change – and expand Drew’s scholarship “It Takes Courage to Change” in assisting through funding their post-secondary education to individual scholarships awarded in the amount of $4000.00 to Halton & Peel areas’ graduating teens to start.

Like us, Canadian families have seen – first-hand- the devastating impact of teen violence in Canada. Youth on youth violence is under reported. Many of our teens won’t report being victims to their parents, teachers or police, as they fear of being branded as a ‘snitch’ among other things. Our goal through education to individuals, their families and our communities, we can together raise awareness to teen violence that calls for action and concern.

Drew left a generous gift behind. He made a significant difference in the lives of two transplant patients and their families as well as tissue recipients. These fortunate individuals were given the opportunity for a longer and better quality life. The Trillium Gift of Life Network is Ontario’s organ and tissue donation agency.  We encourage everyone who feels comfortable to log on to their website and complete their online donor form. www.giftoflife.on.ca www.recycleme.org

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The Hildebrand, Simmons & Evershed families are committed to educating teens and building better and safer communities for us all. Let’s help out teens make positive choices. We need to empower our teens to get involved and care for their peers.

Our hearts are still heavy, but we know Drew is helping us all along on building his legacy.

Get Involved

Participants, volunteers and sponsors are critical to the success of our planned events. Get involved, you can make a difference! To register for our events, volunteer your time, help with sponsorships, or donate please call (905) 814-1306. You can also email us.

Life is a precious gift.

Drew’s legacy is one of courage, change, love and hope.

Be sure to visit Drew’s Facebook Group

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Tribute tattoos (click the image for a close-up view)

Support Partners with ...
Member of Volunteer Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon Trillium Gift of Life Network Member of Volunteer Halton Oakville Community Foundation Intact Insurance Community Fund Jarden Burlington Community Fund