As children, we lived in fear of the dark, sure that there was a monster living in our closets or under our beds. When we grow up, we come to realize that the monsters we were so afraid of seldom have faces.
The real monsters can be anything or anyone with the intent of destroying people’s lives, especially families. That’s why Milk Tyson founded FAM, short for Fighting All Monsters, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring quality support to families with children facing life-threatening challenges.
Milk Tyson was born in Massachusetts. When he moved to Los Angeles, he grew a reputation as a bad boy in the A-list crowd. Milk was sure that by then, he had come face-to-face with the toughest fighters around. But all that changed when he met a young cancer warrior through his friend, Justin Bieber.
His life turned upside-down. Milk began to travel the country to meet and talk with dozens of families fighting monsters. He discovered that many families were taking up full-time jobs, trying to seek access and apply for “available” assistance.
Hearing their stories, he determined that although there were organizations with good intentions, there was an expectation of humility, and no one was willing to rock the boat. There were significant problems, such as children with cancer, that required aggressive solutions. And Milk was undoubtedly ready to bring the aggression that was needed to bring the spotlight to the childhood cancer community.
Since then, Milk has brought a team together to turn the nonprofit world upside-down. They have been raising well over a million dollars, donating every dollar directly to families, as a single benefactor covered all operational costs. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to treat cancer, and FAM doesn’t believe there is a single-sided approach to assisting families fighting these monsters either.
FAM has also sent out hundreds of new iPads to children in treatment, kept their families light on, their mortgages and rents current, and their cars on the road. Milk and his team see to it that siblings can go to prom in their dream dresses, and moms are provided with rest and recovery from childcare to retreats.
Milk’s passion does not stop there as he sets up scholarship programs, pays for dozens of funerals, and sends families hundreds of thousands of dollars directly. At some point, he and FAM even sent a warrior a llama. This is a pleasant memory for them as they make sure that their meetings with families and worries result in action.
Despite the pandemic, FAM has persevered and has even gone on to break its own records. They continue to raise and distribute funds while creating meaningful experiences and connections for their families. Because anything can happen anytime, FAM always has funds ready in the event of an emergency request.
Milk wants to inspire the up and coming generation to see that helping others is cool, fun, and hip.
To know more about Fighting All Monsters, you may visit their website.