2013 OFFICIAL CHARITIES
Run for a Reason
Team in Training
Do you want to be a part of something bigger than yourself? Look no further than Team in Training®, the “2011 Best Charity Training Program” according to Competitor Magazine. Team In Training (TNT) is the world’s largest endurance sports training program the prepares anyone from novices to seasoned athletes to complete marathons, triathlons and century rides, all the while raising money to cure cancer.
Camp Sunshine of Aurora
Camp Sunshine of Aurora is a fun adaptive summer camp providing services for children with special needs. It is focused on maintaining skills learned throughout the school year, and encourage retention and growth of social, academic, and daily living skills. Please consider joining and/or supporting our Camp Sunshine team and support our children as we “Run for the Sun." All runners receive a technical race tee-shirt. Please visit us at www.campsunshineofaurora.org for more information.
Cleveland Clinic, a national leader in healthcare, relies on philanthropic gifts to advance world-class patient care and pursue innovative research. Funds raised for Cleveland Clinic, a nonprofit organization, also support medical education, sophisticated technology, world-class facilities and the care of more patients in more places.
Claire's Crusade is leading the charge to improve the quality of life of our silent angels as they battle Rett Syndrome. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exempt organization, Claire's Crusade is dedicated to raising funds for treatment of this debilitating neurodevelopmental disorder and to support cutting edge research efforts to develop a cure. Claire's Crusade is committed to increasing awareness and providing resources for local families faced with the uncertainty this affliction can bring. Together, as an army of Claire's Crusaders, we can reverse Rett Syndrome and free girls held captive by its devastating affects. Join us as we continue to fight - BECOME A CRUSADER today!
Strides For Autism
STRIDES FOR AUTISM – Supports Early Intervention and Pre-School Education for Children with Autism at the AKRON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL- FAMILY CHILD LEARNING CENTER
Akron Children’s Hospital’s Family Child Learning Center (FCLC) provides Early Intervention and Preschool programming for children with Autism. FCLC uses play-based responsive teaching to help children break through the challenges they face with speech delays, communication and social interaction and provides support for families by offering programs such as the Positive Parenting Program. Autism touches 1 in 88 children in the US today. Once faced with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, the search is on for programs that will help your child and family move forward. FCLC is one program in Northeast Ohio that has been changing lives since 1980!! For more information please visit: https://www.akronchildrens.org/cms/fclc_integrated_preschool/index.html
FMDSA is a non profit organization promoting awareness of Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD) 90% of patients are women and there is no known cause or cure. FMD causes arteries to form abnormally, as a result, areas of narrowing, aneurysms, or tears may occur. Signs and Symptoms depend on the artery affected but include high blood pressure, headaches, neck pain, aneurysms and stroke. Once thought to be a rare disease some medical professionals now estimate that millions of American women could be affected.We are working towards better diagnosis and treatment, through awareness, funding research, patient support and educating. Visit us at www.fmdsa.org to learn more.
Girls with Sole
We at Girls With Sole combine fitness and wellness to empower the minds, bodies and souls of girls who have experienced abuse of any kind, or who are at-risk. We offer a large variety of fitness and wellness programs, including yoga, dance and traditional team sports to girls who need someone to believe in them so that they may believe in themselves. Many of these girls who have experienced abuse would otherwise have no place to participate in sports or group exercise in a safe environment, or have access to group athletics.
Focusing on healthy living, good nutrition, exercise and wellness will help girls make healthier choices in other parts of their lives - making a positive impact on our community as a whole.
With your help we have the potential to change the lives of girls through sports and fitness. The positive impact of girls playing sports is endless. From health benefits and self-esteem to learning life skills such as leadership and team work, it is clear that all these girls really need is a sporting chance! Please visit www.girlswithsole.org to learn about us, make a contribution of become part of TEAM LULA.
John Owen's Adventure
John Owen’s Adventure (JOA), a non-profit dedicated to raising research dollars and awareness for the fatal genetic illness, Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).
In JOA’s commitment to finding a cure for the thousands of boys battling Duchenne, the organization hosts an annual Picnic in the Park, attracting thousands of families, and hosts several smaller fundraisers throughout the year.
JOA was formed by Tony and Jen Dumm of North Royalton, OH and is named after their 9-year-old son John Owen who has Duchenne. All proceeds are donated to the organizations such as Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy and the MDA, who work tirelessly to find a cure for DMD.
DMD is 100% fatal. DMD progressively wastes muscle and causes muscle weakness mainly in boys. It begins with microscopic changes in the muscle. As muscles degenerate over time, the boy's muscle strength diminishes. With DMD, ultimately the heart muscle will stop working. Typically diagnosed between four to seven years, the seemingly ‘normal’ boy will show signs of weakness getting up from the floor and walking up stairs. DMD robs his ability to walk, breathe and thrive. JOA is determined to derail this muscle killer. For more information on JOA visit www.joainc.org.
“Partnering with people who have developmental disabilties to acheive healthy, fulfilling, enriched lives.”
Koinonia, a leader for over 38 years to those with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, focuses on providing quality care based on person centered planning. Our residential, day support, vocational and career services have a positive impact on the people we support. Our skilled, professional staff fosters a supportive family environment enriching the lives of those we serve.
• Koinonia’s residential Services include both group homes and supported living sites.
• Our Center for Day, Vocational and Career Services provides day support and pre-vocational employment training. Transportation services are available to and from The Center.
• Career Services assists trained individuals in finding employment within the community.
• Rising Harvest Farms, LLC, our self-sustaining, all-organic urban farm, has locations in Strongsville and Old Brooklyn, OH.
Margeau's Free to Be Fund
Prayers from Maria Foundation
The Prayers From Maria Children’s Glioma Cancer Foundation is dedicated to funding global research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for childhood brain tumors, known as gliomas. Because childhood gliomas are grossly underfunded, the foundation works diligently to make a difference by raising public awareness and bringing hope to children and their families who live with this disease. To date, the Foundation has awarded $200,000 in grants to desperately needed research.
The Prayers From Maria marathon team, the Sunflower Striders, has raised over $50,000 for glioma research since participating in their first Cleveland Marathon in 2010. This year we have set a team goal to raise $25,000.
We hope you will join the Sunflower Striders team and our mission to find a cure for gliomas! By joining the team you will receive training tips and fundraising support from a Prayers From Maria representative, as well as fun incentives for our top fundraisers. For more information visit www.prayersfrommaria.org, or contact email@example.com
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) was established in 1998 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by twin sisters Karen Andrews and Kathy Giusti, soon after Kathy's diagnosis with multiple myeloma. The mission of the MMRF is to relentlessly pursue innovative means that accelerate the development of next-generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure. As the world’s number-one private funder of multiple myeloma research, the MMRF has raised over $190 million since its inception and directs 90% of total budget to research and related programming. As a result, the MMRF has been awarded Charity Navigator’s coveted 4-star rating for 9 consecutive years, the highest designation for outstanding fiscal responsibility and exceptional efficiency.
Join together with other family members and friends who are touched by myeloma as part of the MMRF PowerTeam. Run or walk the race as an individual participant or bring your friends and family with you!
The One Fund
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino have announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, Inc. to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.
Organization for Autism Research
The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) is a national, nonprofit organization formed and led by relatives of children and adults with autism and Asperger Syndrome. OAR is dedicated to promoting research that can be applied to help families, educators, caregivers, and individuals with autism find much-needed answers to their immediate and urgent questions. OAR funds applied research that will make a difference in individual lives; provides information that is timely, useful, and cost-efficient; and offers opportunities for the autism community to collaborate and make advances together.
Since 2003, OAR has awarded more than $3.8 million in new research grants and publishes six community-friendly resource guides in its Life Journey through Autism series.
The RUN FOR AUTISM is OAR's signature fundraising effort. By joining the team, you receive training and fundraising support from the friendly RUN FOR AUTISM staff, personal web page, t-shirt, and RUN FOR AUTISM technical shirt for race day. You can be a part of the 2012 RUN FOR AUTISM - Cleveland.
Even if you're already registered for the event. Please visit our website for more information.
Smile for a Lifetime
Papandreas Orthodontics is supporting a charity called Smile for a Lifetime. Smile for a Lifetime Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization that provides orthodontic care to individuals who may not otherwise have the opportunity to acquire assistance. Launched in 2008, the Foundation reaches individuals with orthodontic needs who are facing financial challenges and other special situations. The Foundation sponsors orthodontic care for hundreds of patients each year. Smile for a Lifetime Foundation has participating orthodontists throughout the United States.
It is our mission to create self-confidence, inspire hope and change the lives of children in our community in a dramatic way. The gift of a beautiful smile can do all of this for a deserving, underserved individual who, in turn, can use this gift to better themselves and our community.
Friends of The Cleveland Marathon
the up side of downs
The Up Side of Downs provides support, education, and advocacy for people with Down syndrome, their families and communities. It is the primary Northeast Ohio resource for families and communities regarding Down syndrome; where all people are accepted, included and empowered. The Up Side of Downs envisions a community where people with Down syndrome have limitless opportunities and the ability to pursue their dreams.
The work and mission of the Arthritis Foundation is straightforward: To improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.
Throughout our market’s 22-county service area, we are striving every day to fulfill that goal through exercise programs, arthritis education, research, advocacy, educational series, special events and planned giving. Nearly 1.5 million people of all ages in Northeastern Ohio have been diagnosed with arthritis.
Kids get arthritis, too! Nearly 300,000 children have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis. Educational information and scholarships for camps and a national juvenile arthritis conference are available.
Our organization promotes activities that encourage early and accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment of arthritis. Arthritis IS Unacceptable.
To find out more about any of our programs or services, please visit www.arthritis.org/ohio/neo or call 216-285-2836.
Alzheimer's Association Cleveland Area Chapter
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care and support, and the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research.
AnniesMILES supports moms who have been diagnosed with cancer by providing financial assistance to help with costs incurred during treatment, recuperation and recovery. We are dedicated to the preservation of the family unit as a mom focuses her energies on overcoming her illness. AnniesMILES proudly gives 100% of all proceeds to moms.
You are invited to join us in the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon by registering under AnniesMILES. Please contact us for our registration code.
The Arc of Greater Cleveland
The mission of The Arc of Greater Cleveland is to empower persons affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) through advocacy, education, and the promotion of activities that improve quality of life.
Bright Side of the Road
Bright Side of the Road is a Cleveland-based foundation with a primary mission to support research activities and projects relating to the causes, treatment and cure for ALS, often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease’. This includes providing funding for specific research, drug trials and other medical and/or scientific programs. To date, we have donated over $1.4 million to the Barry Winovich Endowed Chair at the Cleveland Clinic.
Scott Nagy, DDS Foundation
Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation
Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation’s (FRDC) commitment is “to improve and enhance the Fairfax neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio through comprehensive community development.” Our shared vision has rekindled the strong community spirit and pride. Come out to volunteer run or walk with us and you will help us continue to revitalizing this great Cleveland neighborhood. Contact us today to join our team!
The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications through the support of research. JDRF translates discoveries into treatments, drugs, and therapies that help people with T1D live healthier lives now, while working toward a cure. In addition to being the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is also known for having an outreach program which provides support and resources for people with type 1 diabetes and their families every step of the way as they live with T1D. To learn about the Northeast Ohio Chapter of JDRF and how you can support JDRF by joining Team JDRF, please visit www.jdrfneo.org.
KEN Heart Foundation
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading medical cause of fatalities on school property for student athletes!
Hundreds, if not thousands of children and young adults become victims to SCA each year for various reasons. Nearly all are preventable.
Better cardiac pre-screening and access to early CPR with defibrillation will prevent needless tragedies.
We invite you to help us prevent fatalities among our young people developing programs within schools and youth athletic leagues.
Jewish Family Experience
The Jewish Family Experience is a family-based learning center run by Rabbi Sruly and Ruchi Koval throughout the Cleveland suburbs. We offer young Jewish families of all backgrounds and affiliations avenues to discover a relevant, meaningful Judaism in a fun, social, kid-friendly, intelligent way.
Scranton Road Ministries C.D.C.
Scranton Road Ministries C.D.C. is a faith-based and vision driven 501(c)(3) organization, focused on revitalizing Cleveland’s near west side, one life at a time. Serving in Ohio’s most diverse neighborhood, we are focused on representing and investing in our youth and families, and promoting community-based economic development. Our services include a youth job readiness program, an after school enrichment program, community legal education services, and an annual health fair.
As part of our commitment to investing in our local families, we want to emphasize the importance of health and fitness to our physical, mental, and spiritual growth. Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1)! To join our team, or to learn more about volunteering and financial opportunities, visit us at www.scrantonroadministries.org.
Multiple Sclerosis Dreams
The Memorial Fund for Phllip M. Masterson
Phil’s memorial fund benefits The Cornerstone of Hope, which is a Christian-based organization located in Independence, Ohio. Cornerstone offers free comprehensive grief support services to those seeking guidance after the death of a loved one and to the professional community who serves the bereaved. They are dedicated to providing support, education, and hope for the grieving. It is our hope to extend a helping hand in the form of a checks and/or cash to help those grieving with expenses, rent, utilities, and anything else that is needed. If you would like to learn more about The Cornerstone of Hope, visit their website at: http://www.cornerstoneofhope.org/
The ALS Association Northern Ohio Chapter
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and their caregivers. Our mission is to lead the fight to treat and cure
ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s
Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.
People Beating Cancer
PeopleBeatingCancer fosters cancer connections through social media for better, longer lives.
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy's mission is to end Duchenne. We accelerate research, raise our voices in Washington, demand optimal care for all young men, and educate the global community.
Research Down Syndrome
The RDS Runners program is focused on supporting Research Down Syndrome’s mission of research to improve memory, learning, and communication in persons with Down syndrome, RDS Runners have participated in and received support from racing events across the country. RDS Runners has become the national charity racing program to greatly expand public support for Down syndrome research.
Girls on the Run
Suicide Prevention Education Alliance
Our mission is to prevent suicide by teaching young people to recognize the warning signs of suicide and to seek professional help for themselves and others.
Suicide is our most preventable form of death, yet it is the second cause of death for Ohio teens. SPEA teaches teens to be the “first line of defense” in preventing suicide, since teens who make a plan to end their life often tell a friend. SPEA has delivered its proven program, Recognizing Teen Depression and Preventing Suicide, to more than 114,000 students since December 2000 and currently serves 132 Northeast Ohio high schools. Our goal is to cause at-risk students to seek and receive treatment from a mental health professional, as treatment is life altering and often lifesaving. SPEA saves families from the unfathomable loss of a child to suicide and helps teens live healthy, productive lives.
The (uFLOW) program mentors at-risk high school youth to solve
the problems they see in their community through student-driven
service projects. Its mission is to develop local youth into leaders
committed to creating positive change in their community. Currently
functional in Chicago, Cleveland, and San Francisco its vision is to
be America's largest networked organization of at-risk teenagers,
creating a new generation of socially-conscious leaders and improving
the conditions of underserved neighborhoods across the nation. Come
join hands with us in creating a better tomorrow for our youth!
BE BRILLIANT. BE BOLD. BE BRIGHT PINK. Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women while providing support for high-risk individuals. We empower young women to be proactive advocates for their breast and ovarian health. Our innovative education and support initiatives inform young women about their lifetime breast/ovarian cancer risk, help them develop a prevention/early detection strategy based upon risk and offer support and a sense of community to women who are at high-risk for these diseases. Bright Pink has chapters throughout the country, including a growing community in Cleveland. Brighten Up today: http://BrightPink.org