Marty Brennaman meets the Dragonfly kids at Great American Ballpark in 2012

“Founded in Friendship” (Part 2 of 2) Podcast Episode

Christine Neitzke & Ria Davidson, co-founders of The Dragonfly Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit founded in Cincinnati to help pediatric cancer patients from birth to age 40 find strength, courage and joy before, through and beyond treatments, discuss the genesis of the name “Dragonfly” and the story of Cincinnati Reds Baseball Hall of Fame broadcasting legend, Marty Brennaman, bringing the foundation to a citywide stage by publicly shaving his head on the field prior to a 2012 game at Great American Ballpark.

They also discuss:

    • Dragonfly programs and services that help patients and families overcome traumatic stress and challenges;
    • Expressions of love shown to Dragonflies by Greater Cincinnatians and in Children’s Hospital Medical Center;
    • Many who have found purpose in forwarding Dragonfly’s mission

To donate and to learn more about Dragonfly, please visit or text TDF to 91999.

Dragonfly is grateful to iHeart Radio host, Scott Sloan, for recording the introduction and closing of the podcast.

Dragonfly’s podcast was edited by executive producer Joe Strecker in 2019.

NOTE: The recording was created by StoryCorps in 2017 and was edited for brevity in 2019. (Note: The age range served by Dragonfly changed to age 40 in 2017.StoryCorps’ original recording is housed at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. To learn more, please visit

Photo: Jeff Swinger, Swingman Photo (c) 2012

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