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  • Team in Training

    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.

  • the up side of downs

    the up side of downs

    The mission of The Up Side of Downs is to provide support, education and advocacy for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and communities.

    The Up Side of Downs (USOD) currently serves over 900 families in 16 counties in NE Ohio. Support for families includes monthly education seminars, family grants for medical and recreational therapy, and parent & grandparent support groups designed to engage family members and give them an opportunity to support one another. A variety of social events are held throughout the year for families and adults with Down syndrome. USOD also provides outreach to schools and other professionals that serve individuals with Down syndrome. Our Annual NE Ohio Buddy Walk is held in the summer at Progressive Field and draws 4,000 participants. USOD provides a variety of social media avenues for support.  For more information about the Up Side of Downs, visit our website at

  • Cleveland Clinic

    Cleveland Clinic

    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

    Claire's Crusade

    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

    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:



  • Girls with Sole

    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 to learn about us, make a contribution of become part of TEAM LULA.

  • We Run This City

    We Run This City

  • John Owen's Adventure

    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




  • Koinonia Homes

    Koinonia Homes

    “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.

  • Scranton Road Ministries C.D.C.

    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

  • Margeau's Free to Be Fund

    Margeau's Free to Be Fund

  • Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

    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!

  • Prayers from Maria Foundation

    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, or contact

  • Organization for Autism Research

    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.

  • The City Mission

    The City Mission

  • Bright Pink

    Bright Pink

    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:

Friends of The Cleveland Marathon

  • Arthritis Foundation

    Arthritis Foundation

    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 1.3 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 or call 216-285-2836.

  • Alzheimer's Association Cleveland Area Chapter

    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.

  • Ben's Friends

    Ben's Friends’s mission is to ensure that everyone in the world with a rare disease has a safe place to go and connect with others like them. The organization’s core value is to positively impact its members’ lives everyday. is a 501(c)3 non profit dedicated to providing safe, supportive online communities for people affected by rare diseases globally and is the second largest organization in the world for what it does. The organization has more than 40,000 members globally across its 35 plus rare disease communities. During the month of January, had more than 95,000 unique visitors to their sites and generated more than 635,000 page views. The organization has an army of over 200 amazing volunteer moderators that either have the rare condition or are touched by one due to a friend or family member.

     For more information, please visit and or email John Stamler at

    Recently launched Ebook -

  • Camp Sunshine of Aurora

    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 for more information.

  • Cleveland Rape Crisis Center

    Cleveland Rape Crisis Center

    Supporting Survivors. Promoting Prevention. Creating Change.

    Email Shawna at

  • Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland

    Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland

  • American Liver Foundation

    American Liver Foundation

    The American Liver Foundation’s Liver Life Challenge gives participants a comprehensive training and race day experience.  The program aims to give participants a well-rounded training experience through the support of a team.  Staff, coaches and team members are with participants every step of the way from the first training run to the final steps across the finish line. The American Liver Foundation has a proven history of training success. Since 1988 the American Liver Foundation has been forming teams for some of the nation’s most prestigious endurance events and has helped thousands of participants cross the finish line, while raising millions of dollars for liver disease education, support services and research.

  • JDRF


    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

  • Kidney Foundation of Ohio, Inc

    Kidney Foundation of Ohio, Inc

  • KEN Heart Foundation

    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.

  • The Memorial Fund for Phllip M. Masterson

    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:

  • Move For Hunger

    Move For Hunger

    Move For Hunger  teams up with relocation companies across the country and is creating one of the nation’s largest year-round service programs.  Our movers offer to pick up the unwanted, non-perishable food items from those who are moving and deliver it to their local food banks. For more information, call 732-832-5025, email, or visit
  • People Beating Cancer

    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
    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.

  • Secondhand Mutts

    Secondhand Mutts

    Our organization primarily pulls dogs from local kill shelters. We temperament test all of our dogs and work to place them in loving foster homes before they find their forever homes.

    Our organization spays or neuters every dog that goes through our program. We provide necessary veterinary care and work tirelessly with our volunteers, dog chaperones and our wonderful foster families to find our dogs forever homes.

    According to the latest numbers released by the ASPCA, 5-7 million companion animals enter shelters every year; more than half of those animals will be euthanized. Secondhand Mutts is working hard to help lower those numbers in our community. We work with high-kill shelters, stray dogs saved from life threatening situations and owners considering surrendering their dogs; all to save as many dogs as possible.

     We help animals that don’t have a voice, animals that can’t control their situation or destiny. Most importantly, we help animals that suddenly – through no fault of their own – find themselves homeless.

    Email Leah for more informationation.

  • Smile for a Lifetime

    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.

  • Girls on the Run

    Girls on the Run

  • Team Hope International

    Team Hope International

    Team Hope International supports organizations that are rescuing orphans and children at risk for human trafficking. There are over 30 million orphans worldwide, putting them at risk to be sold into slavery and the sex trade. Team Hope International seeks to bring justice to these children by partnering with organizations that provide safe, secure homes and families mainly in Cambodia, Thailand and India. Participants raise funds, train for endurance events and celebrate at the finish line! 



    Yachad, The National Jewish Council for Disabilities is a thriving global organization dedicated to addressing the needs of all Jewish individuals with disabilities and ensuring their inclusion in every aspect of Jewish life. The inclusive design aims to ensure persons with diverse abilities their rightful place within the Jewish community, while helping to educate and advocate to the Jewish world for a greater understanding, acceptance, outreach, and a pro-disability attitude.

    Our diverse services include, but are not limited to:  social programming for all age groups; counseling services for individuals and families;  weekend retreats; extensive parent support services; sibling services; vocational training and job placement;  professional advocates and case managers; summer camps for members of all ages;  special needs yeshivas; shabbat programs; Day Habilitation programs; Israel Birthright trips for persons with mobility and/or special learning needs; social skills development; lobbying for pro-disability legislation on the local, state, and federal levels; high school and university leadership program.

    Yachad members participate in several inclusive activities per month. There are Yachad Chapters located throughout the United States and Canada.


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