Our Mission

To honor the life of Dylan Connelly, maintain the Braveheart fellowship and carry on the traditions embodied by our common values while we lend support to others in need, especially those beset with healthcare crises.

What We vALUE

The values we hold in common and that we share and celebrate with members of the community bind us all to Dylan and to each other forever and include:

  • the importance of family, friends and service to the community
  • outdoor adventure
  • stewardship for the environment
  • reverence for nature; and the
  • fearless pursuit of a healthy mind, body and spirit.
Board Chair, Jude Connelly

Board Chair, Jude Connelly

Board of Directors: Jude Connelly (Board Chair), Ryan Grieve, Todd Currie, Bruce Ringwall, Patrick Connelly 

Ride Team Members 2017: Cathy Case (Ride Team Chair), Mary Connelly, Jennifer Campbell, Debbie Case, Kim L’Ecuyer, Nancy Banker, Karen Van Cleef, Chris Horne, Patrick Mulligan, Patrick Higgins, Kaitlyn Phillips, Helen Shi, John Bowne, Bobbie Currie and Chris Horne.

Bravehearts Volunteers: Too many awesome people to list! You know who you are!

Dylan's story

The “Bravehearts – Friends of Dylan Connelly,” also known as Team Braveheart or just “Bravehearts” for short, is an all volunteer, community-based organization that was initially formed by a group of close friends and family members of Dylan Connelly upon learning of his fatal diagnosis early in 2013. The immediate purpose was to provide support for Dylan, his wife Nadine and their three children Neeve, Fiona and Rowan. Among the fundraising events that the Bravehearts organized in 2013 was the Braveheart Friends of Dylan Connelly Ride, held at the Fruitlands Museum of Art, Heritage and Nature in Harvard, MA. The event was attended by over 300 people. It served to honor Dylan in the final days of his life and allowed his family and friends to commune in the shelter of one another during a challenging time. Members of the community asked us to make the event an annual happening. So we did.

In 2014, the Bravehearts formed a partnership with the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) – a nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of all those affected by brain tumors – and provided all proceeds of the 2014 Ride & Family Day event to NBTS. In 2015, another partnership was formed with Camp Sunshine of Casco, Maine – a nonprofit organization providing a retreat for children of terminal illnesses and their families. In 2015, the proceeds from the Ride & Family Day event were split between NBTS and Camp Sunshine. We now provide the proceeds from the Ride & Family Day event to NBTS and Camp Sunshine.

Cycling was a passion of Dylan’s. He more generally enjoyed challenging and rigorously physical outdoor adventure. The Ride served as an apt symbol of what he valued. As the Bravehearts became acquainted in those early months, a realization set in that the group members shared a common bond through a number of shared values – values that Dylan exemplified, values that captured an eternal kindredness between the Bravehearts and Dylan, values embraced by other members of the community. These values include the importance of family, friendship, community service, outdoor adventure, stewardship for the environment, a reverence for nature, and the fearless pursuit of a healthy mind, body and spirit.