2019 Charity Partners

Participants: To donate to a charity or join their fundraising team, visit our Crowdrise site HERE!  Please note: joining a charity team through Crowdrise does not register you for the race.


Please join your charity team when you register for the race through Events.com. If you do not see your team listed or if you already registered and need to be added to a team, please contact us at Theresa@clevelandmarathon.com.


2019 Gold Level Partners

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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.

Join our group when you REGISTER online.
Choose TEAM: Prayers From Maria - Sunflower Striders 2019

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.

Please consider running with our team by joining our group when you REGISTER online.

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. 

Join our group when you REGISTER online.
Choose TEAM: Empowering Epilepsy

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!



2019 Friends of The Cleveland Marathon


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.