RUN FOR THE KIDS

5K/10K Fighting Childhood Cancer

BENEFICIARIES

Children's Cancer Fund

The Children's Cancer Fund, a Jackson Memorial Foundation affiliated organization, provides support services for children and their families as they are dealing with their cancer treatments. The money donated by the Circle of Love has been used for medications, food, lodging, gas cards for transportation to and from treatment, and other family emergency situations. Funds could also be used for information/comfort bags for newly diagnosed patients, special celebrations, such as birthdays or end of treatment, and Arts in Medicine projects. The Circle of Love Fund truly makes a difference!

For more information please visit their website at http://www.ccf-miami.org

StudentsCare Hospital Buddy Program

StudentsCare is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization aimed at empowering college students to engage in meaningful volunteer experiences. The StudentsCare Hospital Buddy Program matches college students one-on-one with children in the hospital being treated for cancer. The program transforms the traditional hospital volunteering model, individualizing volunteer support to meet the unique needs of each patient and family.

The students give fun, love, and hope to children and their families when they need it most. Students get to know and connect with these children by visiting them in the hospital on a continual basis. Students engage the children in activities, organize birthday parties, celebrate important milestones, and provide opportunities for the children to have fun and “just be kids,” even while in the hospital.

For more information please visit their website at: http://www.students-care.org

Smashing Walnuts

Smashing Walnuts Foundation was started by 10-year old Gabriella Miller and her family after Gabriella was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor that was the size of a walnut.   Gabriella smashed walnuts with a frying pan to symbolize "smashing" her tumor. 

 

The Smashing Walnuts Foundation is a non-profit whose mission is to raise awareness of the prevalence of childhood cancer and to raise funds for childhood brain cancer research.  


For more information please visit their website at www.smashingwalnuts.org

Gift Of Life - "Joely's Donor Circle"

On May 28, 2010, Joely Ramo, was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia. The lives of Joely and her family had changed in a split second, when the doctors told them that Joely needed a bone marrow transplant to survive. As incredibly unlucky as Joely was to get this disease, she was just as lucky that Jack (her brother) turned out to be her match for a bone marrow transplant...not just a match, but 10 out of 10, which gave her the best chance of a successful transplant to beat her disease.

It is part of our mission to get as many new donors as we can into the National Bone Marrow Registry so we can help give other kids like Joely a fighting chance. The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation has the same mission as we do, commited to saving lives. Although it is free to have your cheek swabbed, the fact is, it actually costs $54 dollars per kit to have them processed in the lab. The Gift of Life has a substantial waitlist of donors that have already been swabbed, but they do not have the funds to send these kits to the lab. This means these kits will not enter the Registry until the funds are raised.

5K For The Kids will host a bone marrow drive, where you can get your cheek swabbed and be entered into the National Bone Marrow Registry. In addition, we will help support the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation by donating funds. For every $54 dollars we raise, we have the possibility of saving a life. 

For more information please visit their website at http://www.giftoflife.org/dc/Blog.aspx?BlogID=620

Camp Boggy Creek

The mission of Camp Boggy Creek is to enrich the lives of seriously ill children and their families by creating a life-enhancing camp experience that is exciting, empowering, memorable, safe, and medically sound, at no cost to them.  They offer week-long summer sessions for the children and family retreat weekends for the whole family.  There is no charge to go to Camp so they rely on the generous support of individuals, corporations, foundations and healthcare partners.


For more information please visit their website at http://www.boggycreek.org/