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The Dream Hope Believe Foundation / Brant Walton Memorial Fund is a memorial fund operated under the auspices of CharitySmith National Society of Memorial Funds. We are a 501(c)(3) organization able to accept tax-deductible donations in accordance with federal tax law and also have public charity status which allows for corporate matching of donations.

 The G. Brant Walton Scholars Program

Background: G. Brant Walton graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in 2003. He was a Raleigh native who attended Broughton High School and N.C. State before making his way to Duke for medical school. He completed a residency in anesthesia at Stanford University and then joined their faculty. In 2009, Brant was diagnosed with metastatic cancer and passed away at the age of 34. He is survived by his wife, Melissa, and his son, William. Because of his love of medicine and Duke University, this scholarship was created to honor Brant’s memory and legacy by assisting Duke medical students in their careers.

Description: The G. Brant Walton Scholarship is awarded annually to one first-year Duke University Medical Student. The scholarship provides incremental support for up to a total of four years. Walton Scholars can use these funds for a wide variety of purposes: supporting their education, research interests, and professional career development. Additional programming gives the scholars a chance to interact with each other as well as individuals involved with the scholarship.

The program is funded through the ongoing generosity of the following individuals:

  •  Sheila Lee and Matt Ellis
  • Laura and Ryan Fields
  • Jane Trinh and Peter Grossi
  • Melissa Walton and Adam Leventhal
  • Erin and Jason Rovak
  • Stefanie Marsh and Shaheen Wirk

If you wish to learn more, want to get involved, or have any questions; please do not hesitate to contact us. <[email protected]rg>

Other Endeavors

Historically, we have provided grants to children and young people who had lost a parent to cancer. Grants covered a wide variety of things, such as daycare services, school costs or tuition, healthcare services, and many other things that a child may require. This program is not currently active.


Fund Administrators

  • Andrea Jackson-Williams
  • Shaheen Wirk


CharitySmith accepts donations in two ways:

By Mail:
Dream Hope Believe
CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation
13100 Filly Lane
Truckee, CA 96161
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The above Memorial Fund is established as a division of Charitysmith Nonprofit Foundation (EIN 87-0636433). All donations are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law. Receipts for tax purposes are sent via US Mail within two weeks of donation. Please consider asking if your employer participates in a gift-matching program. If so, your donation may be matched by your employer.

For questions regarding your donation or this memorial fund please contact CharitySmith.