Welcome to The Halladay Family Foundation
Improving our community through good works, service and compassion.
The Halladay Family Foundation was formed as a family mission project to contribute to the areas and programs that we care deeply about. After sitting down together, we quickly learned that we all have many areas of interest that we want to focus on and choosing just one wouldn't be possible. We have many programs that we are currently participating in and many more that we want to start.
We are keeping the Halladay Family Foundation's mission open-ended on purpose, so when we come across a cause that affects us strongly, we can make our contribution to it and raise awareness of it. Family is the most important thing to us and this foundation is a family work in progress. Through the Halladay Family Foundation, we want to show our sons, Braden and Ryan, that the search for bigger and better should not be their primary goal. Instead, we want them to focus on improving their quality of life and doing things that matter: good works, charity and service. Having our kids involved in our efforts is important to us. We want them to understand the value of service and community and help them to give back, as we did when we were their age. We have encouraged the boys to start their own projects. We want them to know that if they find something they care about, all they have to do is try. If something is important to them, be strong enough to stand up and say, "This isn't OK" and do something, big or small, to make a change and stand up for what they believe is right.
It's not always easy to do the right thing, and it's not always convenient, but it's what's important. We, as a family and as a foundation, will do our best to make positive changes in the communities we live in and hope that you will not only support our efforts but take our lead and make a difference in your own lives and communities as well. If we work together, for the right reasons, we will make a difference.
Thank you for your support!
Roy, Brandy, Braden & Ryan
Photo: This is Roy with Isaac, a little boy we met in Toronto through our program. His disease is so rare that his family started their own foundation and do the majority of the fundraising for research on his disease! Very inspirational and a big influence on our starting our own foundation! Please visit theisaacfoundation.com to learn about Isaac and his families efforts for MPS treatment and research
Halladay Family Bio
Our basic family story is probably similar to many of yours. We originally met as very young kids (9 and 12 years old) going to church together in Arvada, Colorado. After Brandy's family moved to Chicago during her first year of high school, our families did not keep in touch but fate relocated them back to Denver in 1996. We re-met at a gym that winter and were married in November 1998. We have two boys, Braden (10) and Ryan (6) and too many pets to count! We are homebodies who love to spend time together doing simple things, playing with our animals, family movie nights, walking at the beach, shooting hoops and, of course, playing baseball! We do all of the normal family things like carpool, little league practice and grocery shopping but we also have the unique opportunity to live in another world that revolves around major league baseball.
Roy was drafted out of Arvada West High School by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round of the MLB draft in 1995. He spent his first 15 years of professional baseball in the Blue Jays organization until he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in December of 2009. In his first year with the Phillies, many milestones were reached including a perfect game, throwing a no hitter in his first ever play off appearance and adding a second Cy Young Award to the wall. We are looking forward to reaching a few more milestones with the Phillies in the near future!
Our lives, separate and together, have been full of ups and downs. We've gone through promotions and demotions, successes and failures, births and deaths. We feel very fortunate to be where we are today but never forget what it took to get here and more importantly what it takes to stay here. No matter what happens during this stage of our lives, we know that someday Roy's career in baseball will be over. We'll still be a family. We've always recognized the need to establish roots and a home so that when baseball ends, we'll be ready and excited about the next stage of our lives, not apprehensive or unsure. We've talked about different jobs and businesses, traveling and relaxing. We've changed our minds and changed them back again but the one thing that has never changed is that we still want to be involved in our communities and be able to continue giving back. It's our hope that we will be able to do that through The Halladay Family Foundation.
As a family, we've always been involved in charity work. Giving back was a backbone for how we were raised and for how we want to raise our kids. We have so many areas of interest between the four of us and picking just one would never be possible. Our hope is that by generating support for the foundation, we can continue our community outreach programs even after our career in baseball has reached an end, whenever that might be. The end of a career does not mean the end of our concern for a brighter future for our kids and our community!
Thank you for taking an interest in our family and in our foundation. Please visit this website often and keep up with our projects and goals. If there isn't one already, there will be a program or a cause that will touch you personally and we would love to have your support! Our theory is that each one of these programs will have an impact on our community and will improve the lives of anyone they reach either directly or indirectly. We all want to be a part of something amazing, something moving and by working together we will be able to make change!