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Prayers from Maria

Prayers from Maria was inspired by the prayers of seven-year-old Maria McNamara, who lost her battle against a brain stem glioma in 2007. While Maria was receiving treatment at St. Jude, she prayed for other sick children that she met, hoping the doctors would find a way to help them and make them better. Prayers from Maria, founded by Maria’s parents Ed and Megan McNamara of Avon Lake, Ohio, is dedicated to answering Maria’s prayers by funding global research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for the deadliest childhood brain tumors and bringing hope to children and families who deal with the disease’s hardships. Our Planting Hope sunflower garden in Avon, Ohio, has attracted thousands and elevated awareness and fundraising for childhood brain cancer research. Our most recent $250,000 grant to Case Western Reserve University is funding cutting edge research exploring the use of nanotechnology to more effectively and less toxically treat children’s brain tumors.

Our marathon team, known as the Sunflower Striders, has raised over $100,000 in research dollars by participating in 10 marathons over the past 6 years. Participation in the Cleveland Marathon alone has raised over $65,000. Please support our team by either joining it, or by making a donation. Register to join our team online, or simply email

For more information about Prayers from Maria and its impact on childhood brain tumor research, visit



The Fibromuscular Dysplasia Society of America (FMDSA) has become the recognized leader in the support of Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD) awareness, education and research. We achieved our goal by successfully raising funds for the purpose of awarding FMD research grants, building awareness programs, and educating the public and medical community. Fibromuscular dysplasia causes your arteries to form abnormally creating areas of narrowing or stenosis.  First diagnosed in 1938, there is still no known cause or cure for FMD.  90% of patients are women and headache and high blood pressure are two of the most common symptoms of the disease. FMD can lead to arterial dissections, aneurysms, stroke and death.

Please consider running with our team by registering with Group: RUN4FMDSA. For more information on fibromuscular dysplasia or our organization please visit our web site!


Empowering Epilepsy

Empowering Epilepsy

Empowering Epilepsy is a nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to enabling people with epilepsy to take charge of their lives. We provide free or low cost programs, events, services and support that focus on improving the mind, body, spirit and lives of people living with epilepsy and their families.

Empowering Epilepsy was founded in 2014 by a group of people in Northeast Ohio who understand epilepsy first hand. People with epilepsy tend to not talk about their seizures due to the centuries old stigma surrounding epilepsy. Our mission is to change that conversation by creating a caring community in Northeast Ohio.

We hold an annual Purple Day Party in March, an Empower Your Life Conference, and an Epilepsy Awareness Month Pottery Painting Party in November. Monthly, we hold support groups in both Cleveland and Akron that consist of an hour of talk time and an hour of free Empowering Epilepsy Restorative Yoga. 

CLICK HERE to register to join our team online or CLICK HERE to donate and support Empowering Epilepsy's Team. To learn more or register offline, contact

To learn more about Empowering Epilepsy's programs and services, visit, or join our Facebook page at!



bronze level partners

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International Dyslexia Association

Serving children and adults with dyslexia and all who struggle to read because reading changes  lives. Connecting a global network of researchers, educators, people with dyslexia and their families... until everyone can read.

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Project Purple

Project Purple

Project Purple is a Connecticut-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to raise awareness, support patients and families affected by the disease, and fund research efforts to defeat pancreatic cancer. Our primary fundraising comes from participating in Marathons, Half Marathons, and 5K Races across the country; including the top four U.S. marathons. Our team consists of runners from all over the world, most of them have been touched by pancreatic cancer.

To learn more, visit




Friends of The Cleveland Marathon

Arthritis Foundation

Arthritis Foundation

Over 50 million Americans have arthritis, making it the #1 cause of disability in the country. That’s 1 in every 5 adults and 300,000 children. In Northeastern Ohio alone, 1.3 million men, women and children have arthritis, that’s enough people to fill FirstEnergy Stadium 17.5 times! The Arthritis Foundation is leading the fight for the arthritis community through life-changing resources, access to optimal care, and advancements in science. Our goal is to chart a winning course making each day another stride towards a cure.


Bright Pink

Bright Pink

Bright Pink is a national non-profit focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. The organization’s mission is to save women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer by empowering them to live proactively at a young age.

Bright Pink’s innovative programs educate and equip young women to assess their risk for breast and ovarian cancer, reduce their risk, and detect these diseases at early, non life-threatening stages. Founded in 2007, Bright Pink strives to reach the 52 million women in the US between the ages of 18-45 with this life-saving education. Put Awareness In Action™ at


Claires 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 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!  



Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital

Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation “Rehab Runners” Group is fundraising to directly benefit the young patients they work with through support of the “Helping Hands” initiative.

Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation serves a very diverse pediatric population – ranging in age from infancy through young adulthood. The pediatric caregiving team treats children with a wide range of conditions including those who have sustained a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury, suffered from a stroke, have cerebral palsy, have cardiac and respiratory conditions, are battling cancer, are in need of general strengthening and endurance after having various surgeries, or have other health complications.

These patients amaze the staff every day with their strength and courage, but unfortunately, many of these children are not able to purchase the equipment they need through insurance.  The “Helping Hands” initiative allows the hospital to purchase and provide necessary equipment to those families in need. It also allows the Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation to obtain specialized equipment for the most complex patients and to modify and upgrade existing equipment.

To learn more about or support the team’s efforts visit


 Keira Kilbane Foundation

Keira Kilbane Foundation

The Keira Kilbane Foundation was founded in November 2014, to honor the memory and spirit of Keira, who lost her three year battle with Leukemia on July 22, 2014. The mission of the Keira Kilbane Foundation is to advance treatment options and to find a cure through innovative research for childhood cancers, with a focus on Leukemia; and to make a positive impact in the lives of patients, and families in treatment, just as Keira did in her young life.

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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.


Rescue Village

Rescue Village

Rescue Village - Geauga Humane Society has a proud history of being a leading animal welfare agency in northeast Ohio. Founded in 1974, Rescue Village has grown from a small group of committed animal advocates to a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to act on behalf of animals and inspire people to build a more humane community. Saving the lives of thousands of animals a year through adoptions, humane law enforcement, humane education and other programs and services, Rescue Village envisions a humane world where animals are treated with compassion and respect. It has the only barn program in Northeast Ohio, allowing for compassionate care of not only dogs and cats but horses, pigs, chickens and more until they find their forever homes! Rescue Village hopes to find forever homes for all the animals that come through their doors and to educate the community about their life saving work. 

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Team CFACC is on a mission to ensure that every victim of child abuse and neglect grows up in a safe, permanent home. Are you ready to be the voice for a child?  Children can’t wait; be that voice by joining our team! Whether you are a runner, walker, volunteer, or sponsor, there’s a spot for you on this team because together we can make a difference! Tell your friends & spread the word!
CFACC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that improves the lives of children and families involved in the juvenile justice, child welfare, and family law systems through service as Guardians Ad Litem (GAL) and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA); education and training, advocacy, practice, and policy development; and collaborative alliances with related organizations.   
CFACC’s has developed into one of the most comprehensive advocacy programs of its kind in the country. GALs and CASAs provide a voice for our community’s most vulnerable citizens, abused, neglected, and other children in the Juvenile Court. CFACC promises to take child advocacy in Cuyahoga County to the next level with the support of the community.
To learn more, visit and DONATE HERE!


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Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland

Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland is a for-impact organization providing safe, fun places for the kids who need us most.  Our Clubs are open at the times when kids are most vulnerable to getting into trouble - after school, on Saturdays and during the summer.  We champion academic success and healthy lifestyles as well as character and citizenship.  In addition, we offer special initiatives, including a farm program and a job readiness program. Join us at the 2017 Cleveland Marathon by running for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland. Every mile you walk or run for BGCC is helping to save Cleveland’s kids by providing them with a space to learn, play and thrive!


Ronald Mcdonald House

Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, Inc., a nonprofit organization, supports families whose children receive treatment at area medical centers by providing a home-like environment and essential resources and services. We serve more than 100,000 individuals through our 55-room House, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at four area medical centers, and online resource for Ohio families, To learn more about the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, visit: