Slade Gretchen Community story 214x300 Real Housewives Of Orange County’s  Slade Smiley & Gretchen Rossi  gives support Even after the emotional lost of Iliss Marie Benjamin in 2011, do to her ongoing battle with brain cancer,  Her legacy lives on.  Iliss Maries strength and courage will not be forgotten.  Her story has impassioned some of today’s most popular reality stars.

Gretchen Christine Rossi & Slade Smiley from the popular Bravo TV series ‘The Real Housewives of Orange County are rallying together with the help of their closest friend and fellow philanthropist to support the “The Iliss Marie Project” in partnership with the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children.

Slade Smiley and Gretchen Rossi are all too familiar with this disease, Slade’s son has been battling a rare brain tumor since age 5, having had 16 brain surgeries and countless rounds of Chemotherapy.  “Words can’t express the gratitude from my wife & I to Slade and Gretchen for helping to support our “The Iliss Marie Project”

“So many families are dealing with the financial challenges and hardships that come with a child who has brain cancer, and we need your help” stated Curtis Benjamin of Saving Our Daughters.

Slade and Gretchen will also be joining Real Housewives of Miami star, Marysol Patton who is helping raise awareness & donations for national cancer charities in Miami and across the country.

“The Iliss Marie Project” began as a partnership between the Brain Tumor Foundation and Saving Our Daughters founder Curtis Benjamin; whose daughter Iliss Marie, was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor at the age of 10 and later lost her battle in 2011. In Iliss’s memory, Curtis wanted to inspire and support other young girls who are battling this affliction.,  To many young girls are suffering from low self-esteem and despair due to their brain tumors.   Well now there is hope.

”The Iliss Marie Project” will collaborate with powerful women & men across the country to help raise donations & assist for families associated with the Brain Tumor Foundation.   For more information please contact us at 678-548- 1367 or via the web at