Patti Gustafson is the Co-Director of the Swifty Foundation, which was started by her son, Michael before his death from medulloblastoma in 2013. Swifty is the catalyst for the national initiative, Gift from a Child, a national post-mortem pediatric tissue donation program in partnership with the Children’s Brain Tumor Network. Patti coordinates the multi-institutional team of Tissue Navigators who facilitate the logistics of donation and provide support to families.
Patti has a BA in Accounting from Indiana University and worked as a CPA before earning a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and becoming a first grade teacher. While raising her three children she served on the boards of the Ounce of Prevention Fund and the Gustafson Family Foundation. Since Michael died, her full-time professional efforts have been devoted to the mission of the Swifty Foundation.