What is B Happy?
B Happy provides five-day all-expense paid hosted vacations for selected NF recipients and their families. The B the Difference Board works with highly regarded NF doctors to select NF patients to be considered for this opportunity. The concept of this program is derived in Brandon Merritt’s memory and stems from his curiosity of adventure, love of the great outdoors, and appreciation for the simple moments in life. B Happy allows participants the chance to escape hospital beds, routine tests, MRIs, chemotherapy, and more to forget their everyday worries, while embarking on a journey they will never forget.
We provide B Happy trips to locations around the U.S. that Brandon loved. If you are selected for a B Happy trip you will get to choose from the following locations: Denver/Vail, Colorado, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, FL, Tampa/Clearwater, FL or Boston, MA/Portland, ME. You can learn more about each location here, and view past trips here.
B Happy is a hosted vacation. If you are selected for a B Happy trip you will have an experienced host to accompany you and ensure that you have a great trip. Your host will be with you from the moment they pick you up at the airport until they drop you off at the end of your trip. Think of your B Happy host as a chauffeur, tour guide, photographer, shoulder to lean on, and friend to talk to.
From experience, we know that NF not only affects the person afflicted but the other family members who make multiple sacrifices. Trips are limited to a total of five people including the recipient.
For the safety of our recipients and hosts, we currently require all hosts and eligible recipients to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
Who is eligible for a B Happy trip?
Young adults with a Neurofibromatosis diagnosis (NF1, NF2, Schwannomatosis), age 13 and up, living in the Contiguous United States.
Do you know a deserving individual or family?
You have the power to send a deserving family on a B Happy trip! If you know an individual with NF, refer them here. We accept referrals from medical professionals and the NF community at large. Self-referrals or referrals from immediate family members are not eligible.