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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health

Mission: Our mission is simple: to help kids fight cancer. That means improving cancer treatments, combating side effects of treatment and ultimately, finding a cure for childhood cancers.

Results: In 2011, which was the first year of our run, Ben's Run sent $33,000 to Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. In 2012, another $47,000 was sent to Children's for a total to date of $80,000!

Target demographics: Children with cancer at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's National Medical Center

Direct beneficiaries per year: Children's has approximately 300 new diagnoses in cancer each year and it has conducted 50 Bone Marrow Transplants (BMTs) each year. Children’s National receives over 19,000 annual visits from children fighting cancer. Cancer treatment requires children, once diagnosed, to return for treatment often multiple times a week for months to three years depending on diagnosis. Once active treatment is completed, children must return annually for up to 5 years while in maintenance.

Geographic areas served: Greater Washington, D.C. area, including Maryland and Virginia and surrounding states

Programs: Proceeds will benefit Children National Medical Center’s Divisions of Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplant.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Ben's Run is a great race supporting a great cause in memory of a great kid. Ben was my nephew and godson. He was a wonderful guy, who liked to laugh and was a real charmer. Ben bravely battled leukemia for many years and spent many months at Children's National Medical Center before he passed away. This race honors him and helps to raise important money to fight childhood cancers. I encourage you to support it. The course is fairly flat with a few rolling hills through Ben's old neighborhood. The race is well-organized with warm-up music and a DJ before it starts. There is also a silent auction and even an occasional appearance by Batman. There are a few other fund-raisers during the year, such as a comedy club night. All the organizers for these events are volunteers so all your money goes directly where it is needed most.

Donor

Rating: 5

I, too, have a personal association with Ben's Run/Ben's Gift as I am proud to have been Ben's aunt. As I was unable to participate in the run this year, my status is only that of a donor, though I thoroughly enjoyed assisting (in a small way) with the first run in 2011. It was an exciting event - well organized, well attended and well received by the participants. The money raised by Ben's Run/Ben's Gift is donated directly to Children's Hospital in Washington, DC. I personally spent many hours visiting in this wonderful facility and experienced the dedication and expertise of the amazing staff who worked with my nephew. What better way to honor Ben's memory than to make a donation to, or volunteer for, Ben's Run/Ben's Gift! Children's Hospital is a very worthy recipient of our dollars and our thanks.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ben Goldfogle was my nephew who bravely battled leukemia for over 6 years. I have watched in awe as his family & neighbors have channeled their love for Ben into something amazing - Ben's Run/ Ben's Gift Inc. This is an all volunteer organization which has raised an increfible amount of money in the past two years to benefit Children's National Medical Center where Ben was treated. I am privileged to have participated in the run and to have assisted in a very small way as I do not live in the area. I urge everyone to get involved and help kids fight cancer!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working in the non-profit field all my professional life. It was been a fantastic experience to have a front row seat to the birth of a new non-profit. Passionate leadership, a commitment to making a difference and a hunger to grow and become better each year is what it takes to become a great non-profit. All of this and more is what makes Ben's Run such a wonderful cause to support - and a non-profit to watch out for in the coming years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ben's Run started with Ben's Mom and some friends running part of what is now "Ben's Run" and talking about doing a neighborhood run to benefit kids with cancer. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that that conversatiom would lead to this!!! We did it and we have donated over $47, 000 to Children's Hospital and plan to do even more this year! Ben Goldfogle was my hero and this race continues to inspire others to help kids fight cancer- with AMAZING silent auction donations, a visit from Batman, radio station broadcasts and a community of kids and adults all coming together for Ben. It is an awe inspiring event and I am blessed to be a part of it!!!!!!

Claudette A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel privileged to have a small part in this amazing event! I’m truly amazed each year how Ben’s Run unites our community while celebrating the life of Ben Goldfogle. The money raised in Ben’s name benefits Children’s National Medical Center and will continue help other children for years to come.

Kim_65

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am humbled to be a small part of Ben's Run, which has become so much in a short time. The event honors my daughter's schoolmate, Ben Goldfogle, who lived a too-short life but fought cancer with bravery and humor. It's become so much more than just a fundraiser in the two years since Ben's passing. The event is a symbol of how many people in Ben's community have become stronger by being inspired by his memory. The adults who organize Ben's Run have accomplished something fabulous...but I can't wait to see what Ben's many friends do when they grow up, just because they knew Ben. Ben never complained about his lot in life, and he will always be my hero.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ben's family is doing so much good in honor of their wonderful son. The run is a wonderful community event and really brings everyone together for such an amazing cause. Ben's Run has already raised thousands of dollars to help the lives of children. Thank you, Ben's Run, for giving me a cause I truly believe in.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a warm and dynamic event. Ben's Run is a wonderful example of what a close knit and caring community can accomplish. Ben Goldfogle's family, friends and neighbors have created a large scale event to raise money in his memory for Children's Hospital. The neighborhood participation and support is enormous and the enthusiasm at the run is high. It is a very enjoyable experience for all ages and all levels of race experience.

Allie W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ben's Run brings our community together and raises thousands of dollars with 100% volunteer staff. The race has blossomed into a community event that includes a bloodmobile and silent auction, all in the span of about 4 hours.