The Stars for Life Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public organization composed of former professional football players, professional athletes, other celebrities, and everyday citizens. Our mission is to provide emergency and long-term support to people who suffer from neuro-cognitive impairment and mental health issues through continuing research, education, advocacy, and financial support.
Former NFL corner back Ron Fellows and his wife, Debra, originally started the Stars for Life Foundation in 2002, to help Native American communities that suffer from drug and alcohol addiction, diabetes and adolescent suicide. Although Ron has never experimented with drugs or alcohol, he grew up in an environment where he witnessed the destruction drugs and alcohol can cause. Ron made a commitment to himself and others to do everything that he can to help those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, including educating young people about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, the importance of education and making healthy life choices. Ron and Debra have traveled to over 100 Native American Reservations and Villages over the last 16 years.
In 2015, Ron was diagnosed with neuro-cognitive impairment as a direct result from the many high impact concussions and sub-concussive blows he sustained from his years playing youth, college and professional football and his ability to travel largely came to an end. Following Ron’s diagnosis, he and Debra began researching cause of his illness and after speaking to doctors and other experts in the field, they decided to expand the work of the Stars for Life Foundation to help others suffering from neuro-cognitive impairment through continuing research, education, advocacy, and emergency financial support. Today, the Stars for Life Foundation invests time and resources to educating young people, parents and the public on the dangers and long-term effects of impact sports.
The Stars for Life Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public corporation Tax ID 81-4692872.
Meet the Team
Ron Fellows grew up in South Bend, IN, went to college at the University of Missouri and played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys (1981-1986) and Los Angeles Raiders (1987-1988).
Co-Founder + CEO
Debra Fellows grew up in Santa Rosa, CA, went to college at the University of California Davis, and is a successful business person.
Support Stars for Life Foundation
The Stars for Life Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity that is able to provide emergency and long term support to those in need as a direct result of generous donations from organizations and people like you! Thank you in advance for your support!