Frequently Asked Questions

Baller Dream Foundation is a unique organization supporting children and young adults, 29 and under, battling cancer. Here are a few of the questions we get asked most frequently. If your question isn’t answered here, please use our contact form to contact us, and we will have the appropriate team member reach out to you.

When was Baller Dream Foundation formed?

The Baller Dream Foundation was officially formed in 2018 in New York. 

The foundation was born from a concert tailgate party at Saratoga Performing Arts Center dating back to 2013. Originally a celebration of our founders’ cancer survival at 29, the event became an annual benefit drawing close to 500 attendees. Ballsfest, as it was known, was initially a third-party event raising funds for another cancer organization. 

In 2018 Frank knew it was time to channel the energy and momentum into a different kind of organization. One that would truly celebrate the children for who they were – strong, brave warriors who had fought an unfathomable battle.

How is Baller Dream Foundation different from other nonprofit organizations?

Baller Dream stands out from other nonprofit organizations for many reasons, but here are a few key aspects that differentiate us from the rest!

Baller Dream aims to cultivate meaningful relationships that last beyond treatment or a single gift experience.

Baller Dream supports those up to the age of 29, helping to fill the tremendous gap in support for adolescent and young adult cancer warriors.

Baller Dream is a cancer-specific organization that only offers support to children and young adults diagnosed with cancer.

How does Baller Dream support cancer warriors?

Local donors and corporate partnerships are key to growing our impact and furthering our mission. Thanks to our donors, we can provide numerous developmental toys, diversion activities, and art therapies specifically requested by our hospital partners. Baller Dream also offers major gifting and experiences, financial support, and community support through our four main programs. You can learn more about our programs here.

How are cancer patients selected to receive support?

Ensuring the safety of these children and young adults is fundamental to Baller Dream’s mission. We rely on the expertise of our partnering children’s hospitals, child life specialists, social workers, and oncology nurses to identify the cancer warriors who are in need of a special lift. We also consider referrals from other members of the medical community, other nonprofit organizations, and friends or family members with knowledge of the child or young adult’s diagnosis. To refer a child to Baller Dream Foundation, please fill out one of the forms below and email it to

Referral Form English

Referral Form Spanish

Am I eligible to receive support even if I have already been gifted from another organization?

Yes! Cancer patients ages 29 and under are eligible to be gifted. We accept and consider all eligible referrals, even if another organization has already gifted you!

Where can I download my giving statements?
You can view and download your statements, manage your giving plans, and view your giving history by using our Donor Portal.
Where is Baller Dream Headquarters located?

Baller Dream Foundation is based out of Scottsdale, Arizona. Our mailing address is:

P. O. Box 26358 Scottsdale, Arizona 85255-6358

What areas does Baller Dream operate in?

Baller Dream is rapidly growing. We operate in 6 states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Nevada, New Jersey, and New York. Our current partner hospitals include Banner Desert Childrens, Banner Health at Thunderbird, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix Mayo Clinic, Summerlin Children’s Hospital, The Melodies Center, Orange County Children’s Hospital, Rady Children’s Hospital, USA Health University Hospital.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes. As a 501(c)(3), a donation to Baller Dream Foundation is tax deductible. 

Tax ID: 32-0529917

What are other ways I can support Baller Dream Foundation besides a donation?

There are several ways to support Baller Dream Foundation. Learn more about all the ways you can make a difference here.

Why do you support young adults up to 29 years old?
The age of 29 is significant to Baller Dream Foundation because that was the age that our Founder, Frank DeBlasi, was diagnosed, and the idea of the Baller Dream Foundation began!
What Does Baller Dream mean?
The name Baller Dream is a play on words of the modern-day term “Baller.” Baller can be used to describe someone or something as “excellent” in some spectacular way. We refer to the children and young adults we serve as “Ballers” instead of patients and encourage them to DREAM BIG.

Contact Baller Dream Foundation

If you would like to learn more about Baller Dream Foundation, we’d be delighted to chat with you. Please use our contact form and we will have the appropriate team member reach out to you.