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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.

Email us directly: swaldron@prayersfrommaria.org.

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



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.

For more information on fibromuscular dysplasia or our organization please visit our website. You may also join our campaign and get started!

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. 

To learn more or register offline, contact Leigh@empoweringepilepsy.org.

To learn more about Empowering Epilepsy's programs and services, visit our website or join our team. You may also join our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/empoweringepilepsy!



Franciscan Sisters, T.O.R.

The Franciscan Sisters, T.O.R. is a contemplative-active religious community that was founded in 1988 to renew the primacy of prayer that was central to the life of St. Francis and his early followers. This emphasis on prayer is essential for the renewal of our Chrisitan culture and Catholic faith today. Our prayer life is composed of daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Liturgy of the Hours and devotional prayers such as the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.  From our life of prayer flows the heart of our mission: to glorify God and to make known His merciful love through prayer and works of mercy to the poor, the sick, and those in need of evangelization. We serve through parish ministry, catechetical ministry, nursing home visits, soup kitchen ministry, vocational outreach, college campus ministry, retreats, pilgrimages and days of recollection and prayer. Visit our website for more information or join us!



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Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation

Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation is the only non-profit organization in North America exclusively dedicated to finding a cure and improving the quality of life for those affected by bile duct cancer.  Approximately 10,000 individuals in the US are diagnosed each year with this rare but extremely aggressive and often fatal cancer.  Founded 13 years ago, CCF provides patient and caregiver education and support services, funds research, hosts a patient registry, and organizes the largest multi-disciplinary international conference in the world solely focused on Cholangiocarcinoma.


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.

Click HERE for more info!




Tough as Milk

Tough as Milk is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that brings free, trauma-informed yoga to survivors of domestic violence and violent crime in the Greater Cleveland community. We also ensure that clients have the tools to comfortably practice - providing yoga mats and athletic clothing for those in shelter.


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Minds Matter Cleveland

Minds Matter Cleveland equips low-income high school students with the tools to gain acceptance to and graduate from a four-year university with minimal to no tuition cost burden by providing them critical resources — such as mentoring, tutoring, SAT and ACT test preparation, summer academic programs, and financial aid application assistance — to ensure both college access and success. Through our efforts, we help our students develop into tomorrow's leaders. We introduce them to a world of opportunity outside their neighborhoods and comfort zones. Minds Matter believes that no student dedicated to earning a college education should be limited by socioeconomic status.


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Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio

The State of Ohio is ranked 32nd in the number of breast cancer cases diagnosed each year. However, Ohio has the fourth highest death rate from breast cancer in the country. The need in Northeast Ohio is even greater. Roughly 10 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed and approximately two women will die from breast cancer in Northeast Ohio on a daily basis. Every day, we work to ensure all people have equal access to quality care. Through generous donations & sponsorships, Komen Northeast Ohio has been able to provide nearly 113,000 free/low cost services to local individuals and families over the last five years.


Move For Hunger

Move For Hunger

Move For Hunger is a non-profit organization that mobilizes the relocation industry to fight hunger and reduce food waste. In addition to collecting food from people who are moving to new homes, Move For Hunger helps companies and individuals across the United States and Canada organize successful food drives. To date, they have collected more than 11 million pounds of food. For more information, or to find out how you can host your own food drive, visit www.MoveForHunger.org.


Team Jdrf


JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Their mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested nearly $2 billion since their inception. They are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. They collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Their staff and volunteers in the JDRF Northeast Ohio Chapter and in more than 100 locations throughout the United States and their 6 international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and their vision of a world without T1D. For more information please visit jdrf.org/neo or follow them on Twitter @JDRF and Facebook www.facebook.com/JDRFNEO.




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 https://cfadvocates.org/


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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 2019 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!




Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance- Solon is a peer-directed nonprofit mental health organization focused on providing hope, education, and a community of support and acceptance for adults living with mood disorders and their loved ones and caregivers.  Our wellness-centered approach informs, empowers, inspires, and supports individuals as they work to achieve the lives they want to live.  Weekly support groups are held at our offices in Solon and additional programs such as speakers, art therapy, yoga for depression, and social events occur monthly. 

DBSA Solon is an independent affiliated chapter of the national Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance organization.  We are entirely self-supported and rely on individual donations, corporate sponsorship, and foundation grants to fund our programming, most of which is free of charge and open to the public.  We work consistently to address the mental health needs of the northeastern Ohio community and build a stigma-free, inclusive environment.  More info at www.dbsasolon.org



The Concussion Legacy Foundation

The Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2007 by Robert Cantu, MD, and Chris Nowinski, PhD. CLF is dedicated to solving the concussion crisis by advancing the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes, military veterans, and other at-risk groups. Through education programs, policy, research and family services, CLF is creating a safer future and helping patients and families affected by brain trauma. For more information, please visit ConcussionFoundation.org.