Brandon’s Crossroads Foundation was founded in 2012 by Sharon Castellanos DNP, WHNP-BC, CNS, AHN-BC, to commemorate the life of her son Brandon Castellanos. Brandon died in a motor vehicle accident on June 18 2006, at age 18, driving home from a friend’s
house in Morgan Hill, California.
Prior to his death, Brandon had learned about the growing need for organ transplants within the Hispanic community, and the loss of life caused by a shortage of Hispanic donors.
Between 1993 and 2003, there was a 260% increase in Hispanics waiting for organs, compared to a 146% increase overall, while Hispanic Americans are 60% less likely to donate their
organs than non-Hispanic Whites.
Brandon had direct experience of this tragedy, having seen several members of his extended family die or suffered from diseases that could have been treated if donated
organs had been available.
Brandon’s experience led him not only to make a personal contribution by signing up to be an organ and tissue donor, but also to discuss the issue with his family, leading several other family members to make their own contribution. Because of Brandon’s initiative, his tissue went to improve the lives of over 50 individuals,
and his cousin Michael San Agustin, who died suddenly a few years later at age 38, would donate his organs to save the lives of Hispanics and other individuals facing terminal diseases.
Before his accident, Brandon had purchased a 1977 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, and had just begun purchasing parts to restore the car to show quality. He hoped to use the car to educate Hispanic-American youths about the history of their community, and the importance of community stewardship, in his planned future career as a peace officer.
In the five years following Brandon’s death, his family took over the restoration as a way to remember what Brandon took pride in and honor his accomplishments in life.
Brandon’s Crossroads Foundation aims to carry on the work of engaging, empowering, and educating Adolescents of their role in the community and their choices regarding
tissue and/or organ donation. How something as simple as signing an organ donor card and discussing their decision with family and friends could save a person’s life.
A recent study was conducted by Brandon’s Crossroads Foundation Inc., Sharon Castellanos CEO titled: Intent of Hispanic/Latino Adolescents toward Tissue and Organ
Donation: A Study of a Culturally Sensitive Educational Intervention. A quasi- experimental pre-post design was conducted with students from 3 high schools grades 9th – 12th with a predominantly Hispanic population. Research outcomes indicate that a culturally appropriate,
single classroom intervention can correct misinformation and promote communication regarding tissue/organ donation among high school students. The intervention appeared
particularly effective among Hispanics a group traditionally underrepresented among tissue and organ donors.
Current research is in process to study the effects of BCFI’s curriculum within San Jose California East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD) involving 13 schools. A randomized
cluster study is underway and expected to be completed December 2015 Titled: Tissue and Organ Donation an innovative curriculum, targeting high school adolescents: The results
of a clustered randomized trial.
This innovative curriculum will honor all the Brandon’s of the world and in doing so save and bestow quality of life to so many individuals awaiting tissue and/or organ donation.
On behalf of Brandon’s Crossroads Foundation Inc., we are honored to spread the word of the amazing gifts each of you (donor) has gifted to society. To all the family and friends
of such amazing individuals we (BCFI) extend our heartfelt condolences and are in awe of their altruistic gifts to humanity.
Help us, Brandon’s Crossroads Foundation Inc., to close the gap of this healthcare crisis through education and by doing so gift life and quality of life to so many deserving family,
friends and colleagues. Your donation is needed to answer the calls of many individuals waiting for a transplant. Help us to Help Spread the Word and to continue our platform of
evidence based curriculum research presented to our leaders of our future- our children (adolescents).
Brandon’s Classic 1977 Cadillac Coupe De Ville is now a symbol of rebirth. This caddy was once a tattered worn down automobile, Brandon saw the beauty and life it still contained and dreamed of its rebirth.
Unfortunately Brandon did not see his dream become a reality for he lost his life in 2006 at the age of 18. His family worked 8 long years to honor his dream.
Now the tangerine colored Cadillac show car is used as an educational tool for building awareness around organ and tissue donation,
for Brandon was a donor gifting as many as 50 people with his donations. This caddy symbolizes renewal, rebirth and starting anew very much like the mythological Phoenix rising up
from the ashes, fresh and new and young again. That is the gift donors bestow on us through organ and tissue donation. Brandon’s Crossroads Foundation Inc. (BCFI) is the voice of this mission.
BCFI mission is to educate adolescents on the importance of tissue and organ donation and in doing so empowering them to make an informed consent when applying for driver license or ID card.
Our mission is to raise our youth awareness on the importance of tissue and organ donation through community education.
At the heart of Brandon’s Crossroads, is our vision to be a resource to our youth, most admired for its people, partnership and community outreach where we work and live. We would also like to be recognized and respected for its partnership and community outreach where we Live, Work and Play.
Educating our youth, on the importance of tissue and organ donation. “The Power of ONE”.
- Along with the our mission and vision statements, we also want to lay out the values that are essential to our continues success; compassionate, collaborative, creative, credible and committed.
- These values are not new to Brandon Crossroads, but this gives us a common language and foundation to grow on. The values drive how we accomplish our goals and conduct ourselves to achieve our mission.
- Compassionate:We are dedicated to improving the lives of our community we serve and to treating our youth with care and respect.
- Collaborative: We work together in partnership with other organizations and always embrace diversity and inclusiveness.
- Creative: We see new ideas, are open to change and always look for better ways to serve our youth needs.
- Credible: We act with integrity, are transparent guardians of the public youth.
- Committed:We hold ourselves accountable for defining and meeting clear objectives, delivering on our mission and carefully stewarding our donor funds.