Pierre Schreyer was born in Paris, France and moved to California in October 2000 when he was 3 years old. He attended the East Bay French American School (now Ecole Bilingue) in Berkeley from pre-school through 8th grade. He attended Head Royce in Oakland for high school and graduated in 2015. He was known for his sense of humor, his sense of style, and his sense of all things French. He had an uncanny ability to make people of all ages feel comfortable and he never missed an opportunity to make you laugh. Always the problem solver, with a smile on his face, he made people feel welcome and supported. He was a proud French speaker and loved his French heritage, a true francophile.
Pierre was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma at the beginning of his junior year of high school in 2013 at the age of 16. Pierre proved to be an amazing fighter and surprised everyone with his tenacity and strength. His courage and determination during this hard time moved us all. He was loved by so many around him and all admired his warmth, generosity, humor, and ability to laugh at himself. Even when he felt at his worst, he would still crack sarcastic jokes that would make everyone in the room smile. Pierre always thought of others before himself.
Even when Pierre was fighting his own battle, he never lost sight of the other kids' struggles and needs.
After spending his 17th birthday in the hospital, he came up with the idea of the Pierre Birthday Fund.
During his treatments, Pierre always focused on how he could make things better (no matter what hospital he happened to be in, at the time), whether it be simply by acknowledging the staff for their dedication and hard work or be it by designing the hippest chairs, in the Team Pierre colors of blue and orange, to be donated to every room on his immunocompromised wing so visitors had a place to sit.
He started Pierre’s Birthday Fund at Children’s’ Hospital Oakland, after spending his 17th birthday there, so children and teens who spend their birthdays in the hospital will get a personalized gift and a little party to commemorate the moment. His support for child life did not stop there; he also helped fund new BINGO prizes, as well as new video gaming units on wheels for every floor of the hospital. Pierre’s understanding was that many kids couldn’t avoid being in the hospital, that some treatments were really difficult, and small gestures sometimes made all the difference. This was the legacy Pierre wanted to leave. When Pierre passed away in 2015, we moved to receive 501c3 status for Pierre’s Birthday Fund in order to carry out his vision to support children struggling with their health.
Our organization’s purpose is to enrich the lives of Bay Area children hospitalized with serious, life-threatening illnesses, and establish a lasting legacy to remember Pierre’s fight and determination as well as his sense of selflessness.
Our core programs are providing the supplies and staff needed for art therapy, massage and music therapy, beads of courage and rolling bedside video gaming systems, as well as celebrating every child’s birthday.
Pierre and the Organization's Mission
Celebrate life. Célébrer la vie.
The organization's purpose is to enrich the lives of Bay Area children hospitalized with life-threatening illnesses, and to remember Pierre's fight, determination and his sense of selflessness.
Help continue Pierre's legacy.
Pierre was dedicated to helping others and wanted the Birthday Fund to continue after he was gone. Please help make that dream a reality.