Go4thegoal Foundation

Rating: 4.98 stars   106 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Health, Cancer

Location: 215 Cuthbert Blvd., Suite 150 Cherry HIll NJ 08002 USA

Mission: Go4theGoal is a 501(c)(3) Pediatric Cancer Foundation dedicated to providing the necessary resources patients and families need to battle a child’s cancer. Go4theGoal offers financial assistance, grants special wishes, and funds hospital based support programs. Since 2007, Go4theGoal has also granted over $1,000,000 to innovative researchers looking for cures. Through its three national campaigns, National Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day, Spring Into Action 4 a Cure, and Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer(r), Go4theGoal strives to bring communities together to raise awareness and support for local children battling cancer.
Target demographics: children and families battling pediatric cancer
Geographic areas served: the United States
Programs: financial assistance, granting special wishes, funding hospital support programs and renovations, and funding over $1,000,000 in innovative research.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

To our friends at the Go4theGoal foundation:

As you know, the mission behind Camp No Worries is to provide a summer camp experience solely to give children with cancer and their siblings an opportunity to relax, enjoy themselves, and forget about their troubles for one week every summer. It’s a place that allows children facing a diagnosis of cancer to just be kids. It’s a place of happiness, friendship, and new adventures. It’s a place of camaraderie and acceptance where everyone knows first-hand what it’s like to live with cancer. And it’s a true summer camp experience in every sense of the word.

In 2012, Camp No Worries celebrated its 18th year of providing children with a week of “no worries.” With the generous support of the Go4theGoal foundation we were able to take our Fight like a Girl and Wilderness Adventure programs for the teenage campers to the next level. Natalie Richardson, the Fight Like A Girl program coordinator, said the older girls loved their second year of Fight Like a Girl, which focused on empowerment, self-esteem, and support for one another. The group 'got in the ring' to discuss their strengths and weaknesses and began to understand how they have similarities and can support one another. After receiving their official Fight Like a Girl t-shirts, the girls participated in yoga to learn to strengthen their minds and bodies. The group made two crafts this year including metal stamping jewelry. The necklaces had a metal stamping piece designed by each participant, a unique bead, and boxing glove charm. The closing craft was a tree poster where every girl thumb-stamped their unique print on everyone else's tree, as a reminder that they can stand strong with each other to lean on. This program continues to develop our teenage girl campers, as they grow into mature, strong women.

Jon Bernacki, the Wilderness Adventure program coordinator, said the older boys began their adventure at their campsite and hiked some of the lesser traveled trails of Camp No Worries. They crossed Camp Inawendiwin's Betsy's Bridge then hiked along the stream through the marshes, over sphagnum moss, among the sedges and beneath the Cedar trees that give the stream its brown color. The muddy hike gave a very a different perspective than our usual hot and sandy pinelands campground. The boys ended their hike at the old lakefront beach where the boys were broken into four teams. A large bull's eye target was placed far out in the dry lakebed while the boys took turns working in teams to lob water balloons at the target using giant slingshots. The boys finished their adventure with a few games of tug-of-war across the stream. The games were a great finish and a fun way to cool off after the hike. From this program, the boys were able to walk the path less traveled, explore a unique habitat of the pinelands, and have fun working as a team while playing a variety of different games.

Go4theGoal also provided every one of our campers with a Pillow Pet and helped some of our camp families with their travel expenses to and from camp. In addition, Nick Stefanacci donated his DJ services for our Thursday evening program, which featured inflatable games for our campers. It was clear that campers, counselors, and the staff all enjoyed the music since there was a constant dance party in front of the DJ tent all night long.

Because of Go4theGoal’s support, a cancer patient who has undergone rigorous chemotherapy treatments and has been limited to a strict diet can be found singing songs at a campfire while eating S’mores. His or her sibling, who has spent much of their time at the hospital during visiting hours, can be found swimming alongside other brothers and sisters who have done the same. And still another child who has lost a brother or sister to cancer can be found making arts and crafts with a new group of friends who know exactly what they’re feeling. These children and countless more benefit from Camp No Worries each summer, but we could not provide this experience without the generosity of organizations like Go4theGoal.

We truly appreciate everything you have done for Camp No Worries this year and we are very excited about continuing this great relationship for years to come!

Sincerely,

Chris “Cal” Callanan
Camp No Worries, Director

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Finding out a family member, let alone a child is diagnosed with cancer is the most devastating news you could ever imagine. Go 4 the Goal managed to turn this tragedy into something a little more uplifting. They helped to rally the community behind my cousin and his family, the support we saw was truly inspiring. They really did such an amazing job with helping out and just raising so much awareness for pediatric cancer. It seems that people do not recognize pediatric cancer until it hits close to home, it is clear that Go 4 the Goal wants to change that and with their mission and the events they do, they are the BEST organization to do that. They are so wonderful in all that they do, I am looking forward to working with them in the future!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Go4theGoal has been amazing! I work as a Child Life Specialist in pediatric oncology and we have been so lucky to be able to work with such an amazing caring group. Go4theGoal recently donated ipads to our unit, which has been so wonderful for our patients. They love them and the ipads keep them occupied while they are inpatient. Thank you for everything!!

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The children and families absoutley love the ipads and are so grateful to Go4theGoal for their help!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing, they are wonderful!

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Go4theGoal is an amazing organization!!! We just received Christmas baskets from them and they are truly amazing! They went above and beyond to make sure the pediatric oncology patients have a great holiday season. We are so lucky to have such a great foundation support the children and families we serve. Thank you Go 4 the Goal!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

as a child life specialist

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None- this organization is amazing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

A few weeks ago I asked Beth and Tara from G4G for an IPAD for one of our Bone Marrow Transplant patients. Last week the staff was so excited to give this gift to the patient. Each day we try so hard to put a smile on the faces of our patients, but sometimes we are limited with how much we can do. Approximately two years ago, I met Ann, Beth, and Kim from Go4theGoal. This meeting sparked a wonderful relationship and as a result of the kindness of everyone at Go4theGoal, we have been able to put smiles on our patients’ faces. We have given gifts during the holidays, gifts post transplant (their new birthday), install new televisions in each patient’s room, provide MAC laptop to the patients, and last week was another great moment. Being able to give a transplant patient who did not receive a gift during the Christmas holidays an IPAD and a Gift card was so rewarding. She was so thankful, tearful, and happy. Most of our patients do not have the means to enjoy things that we take for granted, so moments like these are priceless. I am so thankful to everyone at Go4theGoal, the support that they have given us at Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami, is more than we could ever imagine. You are always here for us throughout the year, not only during the holiday season and for that. I just want to say thank you.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

donations for the children with cancer at Holtz Children's Hospital at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes needed

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Our son was recently diagnosed with relapsed Ewing's Sarcoma, and Go4TheGoal arranged our flights to see an expert in New York and purchased tickets for us. There was no way we could have gone without this help. They were so very kind and helpful!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting a second opinion.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing!

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7 people found this review helpful

As a sarcoma patient at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, I was treated to the day of a lifetime. With my dad, I went to the clinching game of the 2008 World Series to watch my favorite Philadelphia Phillies win the long-awaited championship. After a great dinner in center city, the limo dropped us off for a an amazing experience that I will never forget. To add to all of this, I also received a personalized gift during the winter holidays. Seeing the smiles on the other children's faces when they opened their gifts in clinic definitely brightened everyone's mood. I simply cannot thank this organization enough, and sincerely hope others can help donate in order to increase the effect.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

clinic, watching ill children smile as they opened personalized gifts during the holiday season.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing other children get so excited over their new iPods, Nintendo DS systems, and other personalized gifts.

Ways to make it better...

Go4TheGoal had the means to allow more patients to have a similar experience.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-10-01

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7 people found this review helpful

You could not possibly find a group of more visionary leaders or harder working volunteers than Go4thegoal. Everywhere they go they leave smiles on children who suffer from terrible illnesses. They are innovative and proactive and compassionate beyond belief. If you choose them, you will be advancing the cure of pediatric cancers like it could be done in no other organization. Go4thegoal uses more innovativion with less bureaucracy than any other charitable organization I've encountered.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the faces of children at Tomorrow's Children Clinic in Hackensack, NJ

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be ecstatic

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people, the attitude and the commitment

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

optimistic, helpful, compassionate and generous.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the face of cancer.

Ways to make it better...

Could not possibly have been better. They came with open hearts, arms and pocket books to help in any way they could compatible with their mission.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

cancer in general. If anybody can do it, they can.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Go4thegoal has the profile and the will to make a huge difference in the lives of us all.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Go4theGoal Foundation is an incredible non-profit that is making a big difference in the battle on childhood cancer. The numerous programs they've founded in various Pediatric Hospitals as well as their committment to funding research for a cure for Sarcoma is inspiring. Go4theGoal was there for our 14 year old daughter when she was in the battle of her life with Rhabdomysarcoma. Through their very generous gifts that they donated, she was able to have precious and memorable time playing games with her younger brother and was able to enjoy her favorite music while enduring multiple chemotherapy treatments and hospital stays. Our precious daughter lost her battle. We appreciate the Founders and all the members of Go4theGoal for their endless time and committment to the fight on Childhood cancer. Thank you.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

research activities

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the smiles on the oncologgy children's faces when they receive such generous gifts

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Incredibly compassionate

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Fund more research programs in helping to find a cure to childhood cancer.

Ways to make it better...

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One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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