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MAF Winter 2014 Newsletter

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Arriving in your mailboxes today...our Winter 2014 newsletter! Click HERE to download an electronic version the newsletter. If you didn't receive a copy via snail mail and would like to, please let know and we'll send one your way.

Remembering Steven Adams

Monday, September 23, 2013

Many organizations have a heart and soul. The Morgan Adams Foundation also had a “father figure.”  Steven Adams, the father of beloved Morgan and half of the power couple who helped create The Morgan Adams Foundation, passed away on September 22, 2013.  While our hearts are heavy with this news, we are grateful that his suffering and long, valiant battle with a rare form of cancer is finally over. We wish him peace and Godspeed and remain a community forever grateful for his unwavering commitment to helping children in need.

Steven loved photography, art, and creative people who “colored outside the lines.” He loved fast cars, beautiful airplanes and people who used their gifts in life to help others.  And above all else, he loved being a dad to Morgan, Andrew, and Grace.

He hated cancer.  Period.  

From the moment it grasped Morgan during her kindergarten year to the moment it took his own life, it was his declared enemy and he devoted his life to fighting it. 

Together with his wife Joan Slaughter, they formed The Morgan Adams Foundation and have raised over $2.5 million to fund pediatric cancer research in Colorado and beyond.  His life, determination, and stubborn insistence on never giving up, has truly saved lives.  His legacy will be more children who go on to middle school, high school and beyond rather than having their young lives cut short.

Steven was never afraid to approach others to join in his campaign. He urged many a restaurant or bar owner to partner with MAF for events of all kinds.  He mingled with the elite pilots and drivers at the Morgan Adams Concours d‘Elegance and he was soul mates with every photographer and artist who contributed to artma.   He worked long hours behind the scenes setting up and tearing down events and formed life-long kinships with those who worked beside him.  As one artma committee member said, “Steven's passion for this cause, sometimes so intense you couldn't contain it, (or escape from it), sucked me in.  And so here I will stay, long after he is gone.” 

In his fight for kids with cancer, Steven pushed everyone to think bigger, try harder, never settle and never stop. Dr. Nicholas Foreman of The Children’s Hospital Colorado said,  “Steven was the most buoyant, energetic and creative person I have ever known.  Courageous in the face of great loss and from that loss making a community focused on the future and not the past.  A man whom the hardships of life, and his own devastating illness, could not diminish.  Through his vision, many children with cancer are cured and this remains his victory over that terrible disease and death itself.”

He was fearless.  Inventive.  Creative. Imaginative. Unstoppable.  Sometimes incorrigible.  Always a flirt.  Never a whiner.   Forever loved.

Steven’s dream will now take on a new shape as we have created the Steven Adams Memorial Endowment Fund to benefit The Morgan Adams Foundation.  Information and online donations can be made at (when making a donation, please select the "Steven Adams Memorial Endowment Fund from the drop-down menu).

Steven turned his grief over the death of Morgan into a powerful force for good.  Now, it is our turn to do the same for him.

Join Us on May 2nd to Honor Noel and Tammy Cunningham

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Please join us on May 2nd to honor Noel and Tammy Cunningham at the
1st Annual Irish Network Colorado's Ambassador's Gala.

Tickets are $75 per person/$145 per couple.

The Morgan Adams Foundation is honored to have been selected by Tammy Cunningham and the Irish Network as the charity beneficiary for this event. 

For more information and to register for this event, visit


To learn more about why the Cunninghams mean so much to MAF, please read the following article from our Winter 2011-2012 Newsletter.


by Joan Slaughter and Steven Adams

As so many of you know, our daughter, Morgan, "presented" her brain tumor emergently in the wee hours of a snowy night in December 1997 when she was 5 years old. And you all obviously know that her battle against brain cancer and the lack of kid-oriented cancer treatments is what led us to want to help fund more research for pediatric cancer. And many of you also probably know more about that journey than I might think - because we share it with you all so often.

But do you know about a quiet little love affair that was struck later that month between a 5-year-old girl and a local chef?

When Morgan woke from her surgery, she had a lot of collateral damage - and not the least of the troubles we battled that month was not being able to get her to eat. At the time, our girlfriend and then neighbor, Dawnie, was working at Strings Restaurant on 17th Avenue. One night she told Noel Cunningham, the owner, about Morgan and her struggles.

"You find out what that kid's favorite food is!" he said to her. Then, he insisted on cooking up a batch of something and having Dawnie bring it to us at the hospital. It was awkward for us - we didn't know him and it felt so crazy that a total stranger wanted to help. We told her not to worry him about it. But night after night Dawnie called, saying, "Listen, Joan, he's driving me crazy. He said to tell you he can only do two things: He can pray and he can cook. And he's already praying, so why won't you let him cook?" How do you argue with that? We finally said OK, and Dawnie arrived 10 minutes later with fettucine alfredo and chocolate mousse from the restaurant...and Morgan ate the entire thing! Her first solid meal, and it was from Strings.

When Morgan was well enough to leave the hospital, she just wanted to stop in and say thank you to Noel - and from that day forward, a crazy little love affair started. After every single treatment, we went to Strings for lunch where Morgan had her own special table. No matter what happened, we went and had lunch. And crème brûlée. That Morgan made. With a blowtorch. At 5 years old. Because he LET her. And because he told me, in no uncertain terms, that it was his kitchen and there really wasn't anything that I could do about it. He was letting my kid (blind in her right eye since the surgery, no less) wield a flame thrower. Nice.

After Morgan died, and Steven said he wanted to do a fundraising event, we went to Noel and asked him for his help. We had no idea what we needed to do - how to get food, how to get enough booze, how much we might need. Noel just said he was in. He'd do ALL the food and all the booze and he would make the magic happen. Because he had fallen in love with Morgan, and he wanted to see something good come out of the sadness.

I remember sitting in the restaurant telling him I thought it was crazy - and him telling me that we would MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

And it did. Our hallmark fundraising event artma was born. And magic happened. Because it was sprinkled with a huge helping of Irish Fairy Dust in the form of Noel Cunningham. My friend Kelly reminded me the other day of his character: "I can remember him at that first artma, pushing a trash can around and cleaning up himself." Because that was what he did. And because he loved my kid - and because he loved all kids. And because he gave and he gave.

His spirit lives on in The Morgan Adams Foundation. We can continue our work because of all the people who believe in what we do and because of all the goodness this community chooses to invest back into itself. Noel believed. He shared. And he gave.

I know there are thousands of people who have similar stories to tell, who will immediately produce for you a "Noelism" when you mention his name. Who will immediately share with you the way in which he touched their life or the life of someone they know. Stop and listen - he was a wonder and the stories are fabulous. He gave us his strength and his passion. He loved our daughter. Noel was our friend for many, many years and we will miss him madly.

Newsletter - Summer 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012
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artma Roundup

Monday, June 11, 2012

Photo by Julie Kemerling, A Fine Photographer


Take a look at our hallmark event, the biannual artma, by the numbers:

  • 1,000+ attendees
  • 100 event volunteers
  • 8 corporate sponsors donating $17K
  • 10 in-kind sponsors saving $45K in event expenses
  • 9 area restaurants contributing $30K in food costs
  • 90 percent of the collection selling for 85 percent of value—for an overall net of $140K!

Click HERE to see more photos from this year's event.