2014 OFFICIAL CHARITIES
Run for a Reason
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.
We Run This City
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
Friends of The Cleveland Marathon
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 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 www.usod.org.
America SCORES Cleveland
America SCORES Cleveland has an innovative tri-curricular approach that teaches kids how physical activity, creative expression and teamwork nurtures a strong body, mind and character. Through daily, team-based soccer and writing workshops and annual community service projects, SCORES measurably improves fitness, literacy and communications skills, and empowers kids to create change in their communities.
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!
A Place to Call Home
Celebrating 100 years in our historic Detroit-Shoreway residence. Consider a donation today to our 100 Year Fund and help us continue to provide a place to call home for our residents struggling with mental, physical and emotional disabilities. Visit our website to donate on-line.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
People Beating Cancer
PeopleBeatingCancer fosters cancer connections through social media for better, longer lives.