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 Christian 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!



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University Hospitals

University Hospitals Sports Medicine is revolutionizing the way sports medicine care is delivered. Led by James Voos, MD, Director and Head Team Physician for the Cleveland Browns, the multifaceted sports medicine program offers comprehensive specialty and subspecialty care throughout the UH system. UH Sports Medicine cares for professional sports teams, college programs, weekend warriors, and most noticeably more than 100,000 youth and high school aged athletes and coaches in our region. 

The partnership between UH and the Cleveland Marathon is more than just a race. It’s about the Patient Champion’s that share their stories of courage to inspire others. It’s about celebrating healthy lifestyles and fitness regardless of who you are or what you look like. It’s about making Northeast Ohio a healthier community. The Cleveland Marathon and UH Sports Medicine are committed to ensuring prevention and safety for youth and high school aged athletes in our region. This year’s race will support concussion and cardiac research in our schools and community sports programs.




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Alzheimers Association

The Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter provides support and resources to individuals suffering from memory loss, and their families, in a five-county region of northeast Ohio including Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain counties. Nearly all services are provided free of charge. The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. The disease currently affects more than five million American adults and is the 6th leading cause of death in the country. It is the only cause of death among the top 10 in the US that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed down. All funds raised by the Cleveland Marathon will support our Signature Event, The Longest Day. Learn more at alz.org/TheLongestDay or contact Katie Mang at kmang@alz.org or 216.342.5593 to learn more.
Their Mission
To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
Their Vision
A world without Alzheimer's disease.



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 BrightPink.org.


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 giving.ccf.org/goto/rehabrunners.


 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.

To learn more, visit www.keirakilbanefoundation.org



Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

Join our endurance team, Run For Our Sons, as we go the distance to end Duchenne at this year’s Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon! To join our team or donate visit: www.parentprojectmd.org/clevelandmarathon2018.


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. 

Visit www.geaugahumane.org to learn more!




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 www.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 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, RedTreehouse.org. To learn more about the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, visit: www.rmhcleveland.org


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Cleveland Pregnancy Center

CPC provides a loving, caring atmosphere for abortion vulnerable women and men to Change Hearts. Change Minds. And Change Generations. They come to talk about options, receive pregnancy tests and ultrasounds. When they choose life they will attend life skill classes and coaching to help them navigate through an unplanned pregnancy. Classes range from Childbirth to parenting and fatherhood. The Cleveland Pregnancy Center also provides for material needs through our “baby bucks” program. For those that do not choose life we offer HEART (Healing the Effects of Abortion Related Trauma) a seven week healing workshop. 
Follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/clevelandpregnancycenter for class schedules and twitter at www.twitter.com/LifewithCPC.
Website for more information is www.clevelandpregnancycenter.org.



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 9 million pounds of food. For more information, or to find out how you can host your own food drive, visit www.MoveForHunger.org.


World Childhood Cancer

World Child Cancer

The mission of World Child Cancer USA is to improve cancer diagnosis, treatment and care for children, and their families, across the developing world. 

CLICK HERE for more information!



ALS Association 

The ALS Association Northern Ohio Chapter is a self-funded non-profit that provides services to people with ALS and their families in 33 counties in Northern Ohio. The mission of The ALS Association Northern Ohio Chapter is to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.
The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. ALSA covers all the bases — patient and community services, research, public education, and advocacy — in providing help and hope to those facing the disease. Our vision is to create a world without ALS.  ALSANOH provides services such as an Equipment Loan Program, home visits from a Care Services Coordinator, Support Groups (Caregiver, Patient and Grief), as well as ALS Care Grant Reimbursement and a Respite Care Program. Our accomplishments are made possible by the generosity of others. From the smallest donation to the largest gift, donors touch the ALS community with hope for the future.


Stonebrook Montessori

Stonebrook Montessori

Stonebrook Montessori is the 1st public charter school in the state of Ohio that provides FREE, high-quality Montessori education to children beginning at age 3 in the Glenville neighborhood of Cleveland. Stonebrook is a thriving community that provides broad access to Montessori education, where children are joyful, engaged learners acquiring confidence in their personal academic skills in preparation for lifelong success as capable, responsible global citizens. Stonebrook opened its doors in 2015 with 95 students Pre-K through second grade. In 2018-2019, Stonebrook will serve up to 210 children from pre-K through fifth grade and hoping to commit 300 children by 2023 from birth to 9th grade!
Help make Stonebrook Montessori's Nature Play environment a reality by making a donation today. 100% of the funds raised will go to the Nature Play project!


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.