Our Vision

Community Before Self

Our Mission

The Ray of Light Foundation strives to inspire, educate, and bring joy to others by building community partnerships, mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors to assist families in need, especially those affected by childhood cancer.  In doing so, we honor the life of Raymond M. Cruz, whose unending light taught us the value of community before self through the art of giving.

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Ray of Light Foundation Board Members

Who We Are

The Ray of Light Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit providing benevolent assistance to those in need in Middle Tennessee. The non-profit was set up by Raymond Cruz Sr. and Blandina Vergara Cruz in honor of their son Raymond's legacy after his passing from cancer in 2019. Throughout his three year battle with Ewing-like Sarcoma, Raymond's focus was always on helping others. The Ray of Light Foundation will continue Raymond's legacy of warmth and generosity through initiatives like our Shine Your Light Youth Vocal Competition, Snack Drives, Toy Drives, and more. To learn more about Raymond's story, click the button below.

Current Board Members:

President: LaToya Murdock

Secretary: Tash Wells
Treasurer: Laurie Kamunen
Board Members: Phillip Peters & Jessica Tucker

Raymond's Story

Learn about the inspiration and driving force behind the Ray of Light Foundation.

Our Initiatives

Learn about our initiatives to provide benevolent assistance to those affected by childhood cancer in Middle Tennessee.

Get Involved

Find out all the ways you can support the Ray of Light Foundation including donating and volunteering.