I cannot thank you enough for your quick response. You are the go-to for shut offs or something that needs quick action. It is VERY much appreciated!
Medical Social Worker
Helen DeVos Children's Hospital
Grand Rapids, MI
I am a Social Worker at ECU - Department of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology located in Greenville, NC. Go4thegoal foundation has been providing our department with Kart-4-Kids for a few months and it has been amazing. We have been utilizing this kart full of toys and snacks for our oncology patients who are receiving treatment at our Pediatric Day Unit at Vidant Medical Center. When kids (who are receiving treatment) see this kart (full of snacks and toys) their eyes often light up with excitement. Kids and families have enjoyed receiving all these goodies. I hope that we can maintain this program for years to come. Thank you so much!
I just love volunteering for Go4theGoal. Today I worked with pediatric cancer patients in an infusion center. We colored golf balls for an upcoming golf outing. The kids and their moms had so much fun working on them which distracted them during their treatment. The golfers will love playing with the balls and reading special notes written to them by the kids. Everyone always thanks me when I volunteer, but I’m the one walking away thanking everyone for giving me the opportunity to make a difference.
I wish I were able to give Go4theGoal 10 stars! I've been volunteering at Go4theGoal for the past five years, and I am so blessed to work with such passionate, caring, and kind people. Everyone who works here is attentive to every detail to ensure needs are always met, and they are always so happy and eager to do so! It's refreshing to see an organization dedicate so much care and energy to each and every project. Additionally, each Go4theGoal program is special and unique, whether it is financial assistance, research funding, Karts4Kids, or any other of their fantastic programs, and works to help multiple facets of the fight against pediatric cancer, rather than just focusing on once facet.
Thank you Go4theGoal for everything you do, for the people you help, the culture you cultivate, and example you set for other nonprofits to follow, marked by dedication, excitement, and honesty.
I wanted to reach out as a mom of a 4 year old superhero that is almost finished with his treatments and say thank you so much for helping us. Sometimes it feels like you are fighting alone, but foundations like yours remind us there are people out there fighting with us! Thank you so much!
For the 2nd year, our school softball and baseball teams spent the day in GOLD laced cleats. Bringing awareness and raising money for pediatric cancer is close to my heart and Go4TheGoal has been able to incorporate the power of team sports and community to raise funds for the great kids and families in our areas. Nick K. at Go4TheGoal has been wonderful to deal with and super encouraging and accommodating in publicizing our not-so-small (anymore) event. Now, our entire school and local community look forward to a Saturday in May, when all their players will be rocking GOLD laces.
Dear Go4theGoal Foundation,
I have been volunteering monthly to distribute the "gift cards and toys" to the patients of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. You may wonder why I used quotation marks. The simple answer is because your KART delivers smiles, sighs of relief and a moment that every child feels he/she has complete control. It is my sense an ill child has very little in his/her control; all those around him/her are making the decisions. However, when the KART comes around, he/she is encouraged to choose what he/she wants. The emotion I see is heartwarming. Eyes become bright, smiles are broad and giggles erupt. I love when a child says "Is this for me?"
Parents are delighted to see someone enter their child's room who needs no information, has no news to deliver and is there only for joy. They quickly ask questions to find out about this act of generosity and we answer with kindness and warmth. But mostly, the parents smile broadly, through sleepy and teary eyes and say " Thank you, this is so very thoughtful."
Thank you so much Go4theGoal Foundation and your Kart4Kids for your act of kindness. You are making a huge difference for parents, children and volunteers.
Volunteer Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital
We have been involved with Go 4 The Goal for almost a year! It is such a wonderful organization and does such great and meaningful work in the community!
I am very grateful to have been the recipient of the Go4theGoal Child Life Fellowship at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. Although this fellowship is coming to an end, I am confident that what I have learned during my time at UFHPTI will be invaluable going forward in my career as a child life specialist. Throughout my fellowship, I learned how to promote effective coping in pediatric oncology patients through medical play, preparation, education, and self-expression activities. I have learned the ins and outs of proton therapy, how to best prepare and support children of all ages for their CT simulation and proton treatment, and the importance of advocating for a patient’s needs. I had the opportunity to help organize and facilitate special events to help normalize the medical environment including a Fall Festival, our Polar Express PJ Party, and bi-weekly Family Fun Nights. I am appreciative of Go4theGoal for making this Child Life Fellowship experience possible. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to further my learning and the ability to grow and develop as a child life specialist; I will be forever grateful.
Go 4the Goal foundation sent my family and I to a Phillies game where my son Anthony, who has Leukemia, met his favorite player Carlos Santana. It was definitely the best day of our lives.
The Kart 4 Kids program at our Hospital (Children’s Hospital Colorado) always brings a smile to my son’s face when we are inpatient or in the clinic for long transfusion days. The week before Christmas, the volunteers showed up at our door with gift cards to Amazon and Old Navy/Gap for us. We really appreciate it and can’t wait to shop (online, of course, to avoid all the germs in public)!
Pediatric cancer is hard on the whole family and we love it when organizations like yours brighten our day! THANK YOU!
My name is Brian Figueiredo, and I’m the head girls soccer coach at Watchung Hills Regional High School in Warren, NJ. I recently organized a high school girls event that pitted the top teams from the Skyland Conference against the top teams from the Shore Conference. We decided to select a charity to raise funds for, and all the coaches agreed that Go4theGoal would be the charity.
I worked extensively with Go4theGoal for roughly 8 months, organizing every aspect of this event together. The professionalism that every member displayed was second to none, and not only were they committed to raising as much money for pediatric cancer as they could, they also were dedicated in helping the coaches run a first class soccer event.
The Mountains vs The Seas was an enormous success. Not only was it an incredible day of high school girls’ soccer, but we ended up raising almost $52,000 for children and their families, afflicted with pediatric cancer. The event could never have gotten off the ground without Go4theGoal’s tireless efforts, and it was an honor and pleasure to work side by side with them throughout the entire process.
Go4TheGoal is a charity that we have chosen for 2 years as the beneficiary of our Olympic 2-Mile Race 4 the Cure! Go4TheGoal has helped many of our local families who are or have been effected by pediatric cancer, including some students who have attended our particular school district. Karen Flint, a representative for Go4TheGoal, has attended the event each year to watch and she even hands out prizes and shirts for our top runners. I cannot say enough about this charity and the dreams that they make come to fruition for those effected by pediatric cancer
Go 4 the Goal Foundation is an amazing group that is making a tremendous impact in the effort to find new ways to treat pediatric cancer. As a physician-scientist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institution, I reached out to Go 4 the Goal Foundation with a brand new research idea that desperately needed some seed funding to get off the ground. Go 4 the Goal Foundation generously supported our idea and we have now turned that idea in numerous new projects. We hope that this work will lead us to utilize simple blood samples to perform complex profiling of pediatric tumors using a technology known as "liquid biopsy". I can't thank Go 4 the Goal Foundation enough for getting this project started.
Brian Crompton, MD
Go4thegoal foundation set my kiddos and myself for Father’s Day to go see our favorite team the Dodgers. It was a lifetime experience and made so much memories that day. Thank you so much Go4thegoal Foundation. We appreciate the outpouring support you provide us and other families. Thank you so much
The Hernandez Family
As a pediatric oncology social worker, being able to reach out to Go4thegoal to grant small wishes for families or provide financial assistance for household bills has been invaluable! Go4thegoal recently provided two of our families with tickets to attend Dodger games, which was a welcome break from treatment and allowed families to spend time together as a family, without having to focus on the child's illness. Thank you for all that you do, we are so grateful for your foundation!!
As a pediatric oncologist and cancer biologist, I am dedicated to identifying the genetic drivers of childhood cancers and revealing the function of these genes. Knowledge about cancer causing genes including their normal roles in development can help us find new therapeutics that are targeted and personalized. Go4thegoal has supported my research investigating the developmental and cancer-related functions of a novel cancer gene called AF1q. We have found this gene to drive tumor formation in neuroblastoma, a terrible malignancy of childhood. We have discovered that this gene prevents cell aging, also called senescence, which may be one of the reasons why it promotes cancer cell survival. With funds from Go4thegoal we have also created a mouse lacking AF1q, and the fact that it survives shows that it may be possible to target this gene therapeutically. Thanks to Go4thegoal, this critical research is now moving forward! Thank you so much!
As a pediatric oncology social worker, I observe every day how the financial burdens of a childhood cancer diagnosis can be tremendous. I often refer families to Go 4 The Goal to assist with their daily living expenses during treatment, which can be a constant source of stress. Of the many organizations I refer families to for assistance, I find Go 4 The Goal to be exceptional. They are consistently responsive to the needs of families, and they always respond immediately to requests for assistance. I am so thankful to this organization for always coming through for patients and families.
This foundation is amazing. They were never pushy to get started but whenever i had a question they were there to help me out. We held their Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer event, and chose to sell their wrist bands and shoelaces, as well as held a raffle to raise extra money for the cause. 100% of our donations stayed in the state to help out kids, and 80% of the laces/bands sales did the same. Here is a synapses of our day:
DJ, a student battling cancer from a local elementary school, was able to come out and be a part of the day. He was our honorary captain and threw out the first pitch of the game. It was a really cool moment for me as a coach to see all of my boys out there making this tremendous kid feel like part of the team. Even the other team came out of the dugout and cheered him on as he warmed up for his first pitch. When we walked out to the field to throw for real, I asked him how far he wanted to through from (being a 4th grader I was expecting maybe 20 or 30 feet) but to my surprise DJ wanted to throw it from the actual pitcher's mound 60 feet away! And he did a great job! If that was the end of the story I would have been a happy camper that day, but it just kept getting better.
One of the ways that we raised money for the game was through a raffle, all of the prizes were donated by local groups and companies. One of the Prizes was a PlayStation 4 and two games to go with it, donated by Van Buren Area Little League. The person who won the raffle, and chose that prize, was one of my players (junior) Jayden. Right after he picked out the prize he asked DJ to come over and talk for a second. Jayden asked him if he had one of those at home, and DJ said no. Then without hesitation Jayden gave his prize away to a very excited and deserving DJ Turner.
Those are the moments that I will never forget as long as I coach. I explained to my players that this is what we want to be known for. Good, hard working, respectful gentlemen that make a difference in their community; and who just so happen to be good baseball players.
We raised around $850 and while that is amazing, it was more about the community out reach and the feeling my players were able to get for helping out such a great cause through a great foundation!
The Go4thegoal Foundation is an amazing organization! I'm a Child Life Specialist in a pediatric hospital, supporting patients with cancer. The cart is always stocked with the latest toys and there is always a wide variety of items to meet the needs of patients of all ages. Sometimes it can be hard to find items to help promote normalcy and distraction for older patients, but we always get great stuff from Go4thegoal! The cart is offered to patients once a week and so many patients look forward to "cart day!" The organization is so easy to work with and everyone, especially Carina, is so kind and clearly passionate about this work! We are so thankful that they provide this excellent resource to our patients!