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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Cancer Research, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Health

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.

Community Stories

150 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!!

1 Julie S.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Julie Saba

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Caleb K.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Go4theGoal is an amazing nonprofit organization to be involved with. I had the privilege to be an intern during my last semester of college at Rutgers University. I was so impressed by the kindness, selflessness, and dedication of their team and how much they truly care about making a difference in lives of children with cancers. I was able to witness how fast Go4theGoal responds to a family when they request assistance.
Also, all of the funds that are raised through Go4theGoal's events are kept in the area that raised them. I believe this gives people the opportunity to feel that they are making a difference in the lives of the children within their own community!
Go4theGoal is growing immensely and their efforts are continuing to impact the lives of so many children and their families!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a social worker trying to help families survive the financial burden of cancer, I have repeatedly been impressed with Go4thGoal. They respond to requests for assistance immediately and go above and beyond to help families.

Previous Stories

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an oncology social worker, I regularly reach out to organizations for patient/family assistance. Go4theGoal is always happy to help my families and the turn-around time is incredible. Thank you for all you do!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our daughter, Lia, was looking for a way this September to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer in her school. The LaceUp4PediatricCancer was a perfect fit. While she started with the Girls Varsity team, all of the Cresskill High School fall sports teams agreed to participate. Karen at Go4theGoal communicated with her well and made organizing the fundraiser fairly simple and hassle free.

Thank you to Go4theGoal for supporting such a great cause and providing opportunities for much-needed activism.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Go 4 the Goal worked with a family of ours to provide his end of life wish for a trip to Disneyland with his family. They went above and beyond to make this trip special for the family at the last minute! They booked a concierge level suite at a Disney Based hotel and coordinated with staff at the Disney hotel so the family would receive special treatment and be treated like royalty. Even though the patient received a Make a Wish (which disqualifies the family from most other organizations), Go 4 the Goal facilitated this special end of life trip to make memories with his family.
Our clinic was so amazed at the effort put into making this trip special for the family. Thank you for what you do not just for this family, but for all families and for pediatric oncology patients and clinic nationwide- it makes a huge difference in the lives of families and is truly appreciated.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our institution, the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, received a $66,000 grant from the Go4TheGoal Foundation to launch a child life clinical fellowship program. This fellowship will allow us to employ two child life fellows, with each fellowship lasting 12 months over a two-year period. As patient population increases, the program will add additional resources to support children going through cancer treatment and their families.

We are thrilled to partner with Go4TheGoal to offer comprehensive training to future child life specialists as well as the opportunity to expand our own program. Combining advanced proton therapy technology with comprehensive child life programming allows us to provide the highest-quality care for all our pediatric patients with cancer.

Our child life specialist works one-on-one with children throughout treatment to promote effective coping through medical play, preparation and education. This dedicated approach results in less emotional distress, better overall coping during treatment, a clearer understanding of procedures, and a more positive physical recovery and post-treatment adjustment.

We are so appreciative of the foundation's generosity and are enthusiastic about the benefits that this fellowship will provide to our pediatric patients with cancer and their families!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was so pleased with the time and effort the staff showed us to get everything organized! They were always prompt when getting back to me by phone or email. I believe they are genuinely good people working for a cause they believe they can make a difference in! I was so pleased with the entire process and I am looking forward to doing it again next year!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Richmond Baseball team partnered with Go4theGoal this year and it has been a great partnership! Beth has been incredible to work with this spring as we organized our "Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer" game. We had six players make visits to the local children's hospital and spend time with patients and it's something they want to continue to be a part of. On Saturday, we were joined by four very special guests on the field and we were so thankful that they could be part of the team for the day. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Go4theGoal as we raise awareness for pediatric cancer.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi! My name is Bryan Dickerson and I am a Senior at Rowan University. I am also heavily involved with a student base club called Rowan Television Network (RTN) and within the club every year RTN host their annual 5hr live broadcast in benefiting a non-profit charity in trying to raise as much money as possible. For this year's RTN Telethon the charity was Go 4 The Goal an amazing local charity in Cherry Hill, NJ. As Erin Cahill and myself (Bryan Dickerson) were the Co-Executive Producers for this year's 10th Annual Telethon in overseeing the production from beginning to end. We started planning for this event in December and just finished yesterday April 5th. Erin and I decided to select Go 4 The Goal because this charity was near and deer to Erin's heart and once I meet the staff for G4G, I knew this would be the perfect charity selection. G4G is an amazing charity as they are trying there best every day to help children, families, and students who have or know someone who may be suffering from pediatric cancer. By either donating grants/funds to families, donating toys to brighten the spirit of children, creating fundraiser to raise money etc. However, it's not until you meet the children in person that has pediatric cancer that touches your heart and makes you want to help in any way possible because no child or family should have to go through the process of pediatric cancer at a young age. This is one of the many main reasons for why Erin and I selected G4G as our Telethon charity. To help G4G in anyway possible to help them improve the lives of the children and families they know suffering. With that being said I know that everyone that reads this review will be encourage and motivated to help Go 4 The Goal because last name at the Telethon we raise as much as we could for a total of $5,590 within 5hrs but that's still not enough. Everyone please continue to help fight pediatric cancer and improve children lives one by one!

Isabella4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Go 4 The Goal Foundation has been a wonderful addition to our Pediatric Unit at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, NY. Since meeting with Beth, all the staff members have worked around the clock to provide our Hospital with the materials and resources our Oncology patient's desperately needed. We previously did not have any tablets for the patient's to utilize during their stay or, for procedural distraction. Go 4 the goal provided us with one IPAD and two Amazon Kindle tablets which the patient's have been extremely thrilled about. I cannot express the gratitude I have and the huge smile on our patient's faces when they know they are able to borrow a Tablet. We also received two large bins filled with toys and board games to keep our patient's entertained and provide them with bravery reward prize after completed treatments and procedures. This has provided them with a distraction and positive reinforcement for compliance with medications and procedures. It has only been two days since our donation was provided but, I have already utilized so much. As the only Child life Specialist on the Unit, I cannot thank you enough for what you have done for our patients. All the medical staff here at RUMC are extremely grateful for this donation and look forward to continue working with this foundation in the future.

Isabella Lombardo, CCLS

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Your assistance allows families to focus on the more important parts of their child’s care. It is a pleasure to stand with a family and know some of these concrete needs can be met while myself and others attend to helping in different ways. Thank you.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Go 4 the Goal brought the Oncology unit at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children a KId's Kart full of toys and treats ! One day Beth Stefanacci, founder, was here to replenish the Kart when she looked around our very well used clinic and infusion center and told us that she wanted to do a makeover for us. The process was long but Beth stayed with it and we now have a beautiful space that delights our patients and families. We have new flooring ,front desk and receiving area, new waiting room with a beautiful aquarium and computer area for parents. New video games and toys throughout the patient areas and a special area for teens to play games or just chat. This project has infused new life into our old worn out space and makes it a pleasure to come to work . Many of our families have noted how special this wonderful organization has made them feel by giving them such an amazing area where they and their children spend so much time. We will be forever grateful to Beth and her team at Go 4 the Goal!