Tyler Robinson Foundation


The Tyler Robinson Foundation begins with the story of a remarkable, yet average, 16-year-old boy who was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, in August 2011.

Tyler’s older brother, Jesse, immediately set out to find ways to help his brother deal with the painful, almost unendurable moments of cancer treatment. He soon came across Imagine Dragon’s song It’s Time. The lyrics from the song, “So this is where you fell, and I am left to sell, the path to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell,” became their anthem.

Imagine Dragons’ front man and lead singer Dan Reynolds heard about Tyler and wanted to meet him while they were playing in Utah. Tyler along with Dan, Wayne Sermon, Daniel Platzman, and Ben McKee began a close friendship from that moment on.

When Tyler unexpectedly passed away on March 4, 2013, Imagine Dragons reached out to the Robinson family and together they created a foundation in his memory to help families battle the unforeseeable costs of childhood cancer.

Backed by large corporate sponsors and partners like Primary Children’s Medical Center, Mattel’s Children’s Hospital UCLA and other children’s hospitals in Dallas, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Seattle, plans for future growth are unprecedented.

Unique to the Tyler Robinson Foundation, is the way money is dispersed to grantee families. Each family is assigned a Foundation representative and a financial planner. TRF provides them with necessary resources including, but not limited to, budget management, strategies for the most effective way to use the grant money, and debt elimination plans.

Foundation operating expenses are less than 18% of the operating budget. TRF has plans for future funding initiatives from corporate donations, investments, and retail enterprise revenue from TRF merchandise sold on www.trf.org. This means that individual donations are solely used to make a positive impact in the lives and livelihood of cancer families.

The Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF) is a 501c3 non-profit organization with headquarters in Salt Lake City. The mission of the Tyler Robinson Foundation is to help families battle the unseen costs of childhood cancer.