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Mission: The Bend Your Knees Foundation is a Georgia 501(c) 3 non-profit started in memory of Collins Dixon to raise money to be able to give back to others. Our focus is to spread awareness of Brain tumors in children, support families with a child that has a brain tumor and support other organization that work with children with brain tumors such as the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children. How do we do this? 1 – Raise Awareness of kids with brain tumors. We raise awareness through t-shirts sales, Collins’ Scholarships, support of community events, and the various fund raisers we do or support. 2 – Support Families with a child with a brain tumor. We support local families that have a child with a brain tumor by giving directly to a family and help the family with fund raising efforts. 3 – Support other organizations and events to reach families in other communities. Giving Back to others is only part of the mission of Collins’ foundation. Collins’ faith in the Lord Jesus Christ was strong. As his body grew weaker, his faith grew stronger. Jesus was real to Collins’. He showed us how to FINISH STRONG! Thank you for your interest in Collins’ foundation. God Bless and FINISH STRONG!

Results: Through the funds we raised over the past 2 years we have been able to help several families not only locally in Cherokee County, but throughout the Southeast. For instance, working with the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children through the Collins Dixon Memorial fund we have been able to give to children outside of our local reach. By doing so we were able to help the families of 14 children in the following states this past year: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Target demographics: families of a child with a brain tumor

Direct beneficiaries per year: 18 children in 7 different states

Geographic areas served: the United States

Programs: Support for Families for treatment related cost

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our son was invited to be the Grand Marshall for the 2017 Bend Your Knees 5K. Our family joined him as participants in this amazing event. We have felt the heavy hand of childhood cancer in our own family. What the Bend Your Knees organization does for children fighting cancer and families going through this very difficult journey is simple incredible. I cannot imagine having to face this difficult journey without the support of organizations such as Bend Your Knees.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a true picture of how a family doesn't give up and stop living after such a sad tragedy, but how they choose to honor and remember their precious son to encourage, help, and bring HOPE for others. They share Gods love and strength through their actions and words. They are an inspiration to so many who are going through difficult times.

Jeremy L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm so thankful for the 1000's of lives Bend Your Knees has touched in the last several years. Compassionate and Generous are two words that come to mind!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Collins is my brother and he is missed very much...he was so full of life and touched so many and through his foundation he still touches people on a daily basis even after he has entered into the kingdome of god. This foundation is great and has done many great things for cancer reaserch. All i can hope for is that this foundation may contribute to saving many lives and forever be a staple in exactly what collins would have stood for if he was still alive today. Bend your knees and help this foundation and collins reach even higher to touch more and more lives. My parents robin and bob dixon put so much into this foundation for they are true believers in this organization that it may just even help one child beat this terrible disease and that alone would be success.

1 Tara37

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BYK is an extraordinary charity that has raised thousands of dollars and much needed awareness for the cancer community. The Dixon family has over come some of the hardest obstacles in the past few years but still finds hope and strength in there beloved son Collins, to find a cure for childhood cancer. The time and effort built around this non profit organization is something we all admire. Every like, share, comment & participant is another Warrior fighting for the cause!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bend Your Knees is a leading organization that spreads awareness & helps continue efforts in finding a cure for childhood brain cancer. The family behind this foundation has suffered severe loss, yet fight daily to better the lives of the nations youth. Collins was an incredible young man, with faith and will to never give up, BYKs legacy will forever live in the hearts of thousands that have been positively touched by his story.

Shannon115

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful family run charity to help others facing the same thing that Collins and his family faced head on with grace and strength.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Charity: generous actions or donations to aid the poor, ill, or helpless. The Bend Your Knees Inc charity exemplifies the definition of charity. As a volunteer, I see the hours and hours this organization spends on not only sharing the story of a young man who touched so many lives in a short time but also educating people about brain tumors and providing assistance to families who have been directly impacted by this disease. It is a charity that truly reaches out and

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't think of a better way to show the world how even the worst of things we can imagine can be turned into a powerful tribute and praise, and how the faith and courage of a young man and his family can do so much good for others in so many ways. The Dixon family is a true inspiration and example for all of us but mostly for the children and families that suffer from cancerous brain tumors. This charity has done so much for them and the community. It impresses me how they have and continue to bring the community closer together. Collins truly lives through them and their continuation of his good works. It is a charity that I am proud to be able to be a part of and hope that others will use their example of turning something so sad into something so blessed.

Cindy144

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing foundation that was started for a very amazing young man that was taken from his family way too soon. Bob and Robin are very caring, concerned parents who are trying to help other families not have to face what they had to go through by raising funds to help other families. I have been fortunate enough to be able to volunteer at their charity run which is very well organized and everyone who has participated in any way always has a wonderful time. My youngest daughter was fortunate enough to be a recipient of the Collins Dixon Award at Teasley Middle School which meant the world to her. We are very honored to know and be able to volunteer to help.

Edwin R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bend your knees is an amazing charity. I have worked with them for years and they do so many great things in the community. Collins was an amazing young man and left this world way too early. Bob and Robin have done everything possible to keep Collins dream alive and help other families that are going through this terrible time. The bend your knees 10 K is an amazing fundraiser that brings the community together for a great cause. If you were looking for a charity that makes a difference in the lives of others this is the one that will do it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an AWESOME charity.

I knew Collins as well as my children went to school with him.

I go to church with and they are pillars in the community.

Donna173

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a family member of this sweet child that was taken from us too soon, I know the intentions of this organization are pure. They have no other agenda than bringing this terrible childhood disease to the forefront and to make people more aware. Dixon family keep up the good work for the Bend Your Knees Foundation, what you are doing is a great thing!

Richard92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bend Your Knees, Inc. (BYK) is a Foundation that was formed as a way to help increase the awareness of childhood brain cancer and to support families that are facing the battle and journey of a child with brain cancer. As a Father, I watched the parents of Collins Dixon deal with all the adversity of having a sick child and how Collins dealt with this terrible disease. I was humbled by the life of Collins and through this foundation and my ability to donate my time, I have found a way to keep the memory of Collins alive and help give back to others on a similar journey. This Foundation is one worth supporting! For more on the life of Collins go to: www.BendYourKnees4Collins.net

Susan331

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I watched this organization take root in the faith of a young boy and galvanize a community's spirit. Since then, this family has continued their sons mission throughout their tireless efforts of fundraising to help other families who are going through similar situations as they did. Always with a smile and a hug, it lifts my heart every time our oaths cross. I am proud to participate in their charity 5k each year.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a teacher at their son's school and their neighbor, this family and their organization has touched my heart in ways I cannot explain. As a prayer for their amazing son, "Bend Your Knees for Collins" t-shirts were seen everywhere on friends, family, students and teachers all over the community. Using that for the name of their organization, Bend Your Knees is just exactly what they would do for any other family going through what they went through with their son. This organization goes above and beyond to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer. Simply amazing.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This family took what was a very difficult time for them and used it to help others. They host an amazing 5k each year that has become one of the best road races in Georgia. Love Bend your knees, inc!!!!

Dawn J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am amazed every time Bend your Knees, Inc is present and involved in our community. Their heart is for the Lord, to honor Collins Dixon and the help those in need. It is truly the organization that will be there to help other families with children with cancer. Their actions give hope and strength to those in need. Out of their loss, they chose to give back.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organisation with lot of spirit to help the child with tumor.
I have been part of there activities and they do things with heart.