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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

138 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Total amazement!!!! I submitted an email and within minutes I had a reply in my inbox. I was blown away by their prompt response. Beth Stefanacci was incredibly understanding, making the process extremely organic. I sent an email sharing the story of Alec Zabala Corzo who was diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer only a month ago. Unfortunately when they found the cancer he was already at stage 4. My daughter Vanessa wanted to do something special for him so I started the research and I found Go4thegoalfoundation listed on the Dynamo page. Alec is an avid soccer player so I thought trying to get a pro soccer player to give him a surprise visit would be super cool for him. Beth was responsible for making that wish come true. Within a day she had confirmed that someone form the Dynamos would visit Alec in the coming days. On February 27th, Tyler Deric came to visit Alec in the hospital. Tyler was super cool, made Alec feel super comfortable. He even dared him to a XBOX FIFA game. It was so fun to see him just chilling int he room having a good time. Tyler became one of Alec's friends during his visit and that was very cool to see. I am extremely grateful for the support and dedication of both Go4thegoalfoundation and the Houston Dynamos for giving Alec some joy during this very difficult times. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!!! Sincerely Pilar Sneider

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working with Beth and the entire Go4theGoal team has been such a pleasure over the past few years. Their dedication to the patients at Cohen Children's Medical Center is amazing! They are always willing to hear our feedback, as well as thinking of new and creative ways to meet the individual needs of the kids in our care. Their outpouring of love and support is tremendous, and we're very fortunate to have such a great partnership with them.