About the Foundation: Honoring a Life Well Lived

Kendall at the Beach

The Kendall Bayne Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that honors the life and memory of Kendall LeeAnn Bayne, while supporting some truly great causes that were near to her heart.

On October 29, 2015, after a courageous and years-long battle with cancer, Kendall passed away. During her struggle with the disease, Kendall inspired countless people all across the country (and beyond). Today, her memory lives on in the hearts and minds of those she touched.

The Kendall Bayne Foundation is dedicated to honoring a life well lived, and a young lady who is truly missed. Revenues generated through our foundation’s activities are used to support three primary causes, all of which were close to Kendall’s heart:

  • The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization focused on developing earlier diagnostics and smarter treatments for cancer, neurological disorders, diabetes and other complex diseases.
  • First Descents offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same.
  • In addition to supporting the above organizations, the Kendall Bayne Foundation will also establish a scholarship bearing Kendall’s name.


Over the coming months, we will be hosting several events designed to raise money for the three causes listed above. These include, but are not limited to, a 5K race (Kendall’s Kilometers) and a golf tournament.

We will soon be adding more information to the website about these and other events. If you have any questions in the meantime, please use our contact page to reach us. Thank you for your interest in the Kendall Bayne Foundation.

“If my story can affect just one person in a positive way, it’s all worth it.” -Kendall LeeAnn Bayne