Hi, my name is Savanna Tate. I, along with my husband Steve, am a parent to 6 beautiful children, one of those being Hayes, our angel warrior and reason behind this foundation.
I am the co-founder of the HayesTough Foundation and while I consider myself well educated in school, I found my greatest learning experience has been being the mother to a baby fighting brain cancer.
Nothing prepares you for becoming a “momcologist” but, I found through my experiences, that sometimes parents know more than any “expert”. While I am known for being an extreme optimist, I believe in doing everything possible—and thinking beyond what is currently possible—for pediatric cancer patients and families. My ambitions are large and, I believe, entirely achievable.
I want nothing short of finding a cure for every child. My love for these kids is beyond measure and that is why I started the HayesTough Foundation. I believe our children deserve more than what they are receiving. Hope is something each person facing a life-threatening illness deserves. I aspire to brighten the lives of these families whose worlds have been turned upside down by illness. I believe they need a reason to have hope and still find joy.
I believe in honoring my son through this work and I will continue to strive to make a difference. I feel that I owe it to the children fighting so hard for their lives every day to give them and their families all the support they need.
I’m Steve Tate, also known as Hayes’ Dad.
My identity has changed throughout the years. For so much of my life I was known as Steve Tate, the former college football player from the University of Utah. That changed several years later as I became Steve Tate, the triplet Dad. Most recently, my identity has changed to Steve Tate, Hayes’ Dad. This is one that I prefer to the others previously mentioned. I am extremely passionate in continuing the legacy that my son created in his brief time here on earth. His 20 month life, though brief, had more of an impact than most people have their entire lives.
Hayes continues to inspire us and our desire is to be part of the good, in inspiring others the way Hayes inspired us. Hayes taught us how to smile and laugh in times of despair. I learned that love is not built on superficial things, but rather on service. This is something that Hayes has taught me. As Co-founder of the HayesTough foundation and author of an upcoming book, our desire is to serve others, particularly those children and families battling cancer.
Hi, I am Krista Parry, and I am a founding board member of the HayesTough Foundation.
I organized the first HayesTough race in 2016 because I felt helpless when Savanna and Steve received the news about Hayes, and I wanted to help in anyway possible. Just like so many others, I didn’t know the astounding facts about childhood cancer and how it’s one of the leading causes of death for children, until Hayes was diagnosed. I am passionate that we can all make a difference when we work together! Just like Savanna and Steve, I believe we each can make an impact in helping these sweet warriors and their families fight the beast of childhood cancer!
Professionally, I have more than 15 years of experience building and activating large-scale events and partnerships with some of the world’s top brands and innovators including Coca-Cola, GoPro, Under Armour, Subaru and Dos Equis. After leaving corporate America, I recently launched SisterUp, a company I founded with my sister, which helps empower women to make money doing what they love.