Mission: Our mission is simple: to help kids fight cancer. That means improving cancer treatments, combating side effects of treatment and ultimately, finding a cure for childhood cancers.
Results: In 2011, which was the first year of our run, Ben's Run sent $33,000 to Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. In 2012, another $47,000 was sent to Children's for a total to date of $80,000!
Target demographics: Children with cancer at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's National Medical Center
Direct beneficiaries per year: Children's has approximately 300 new diagnoses in cancer each year and it has conducted 50 Bone Marrow Transplants (BMTs) each year. Children’s National receives over 19,000 annual visits from children fighting cancer. Cancer treatment requires children, once diagnosed, to return for treatment often multiple times a week for months to three years depending on diagnosis. Once active treatment is completed, children must return annually for up to 5 years while in maintenance.
Geographic areas served: Greater Washington, D.C. area, including Maryland and Virginia and surrounding states
Programs: Proceeds will benefit Children National Medical Center’s Divisions of Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplant.
Professional with expertise in this field
I have been working in the non-profit field all my professional life. It was been a fantastic experience to have a front row seat to the birth of a new non-profit. Passionate leadership, a commitment to making a difference and a hunger to grow and become better each year is what it takes to become a great non-profit. All of this and more is what makes Ben's Run such a wonderful cause to support - and a non-profit to watch out for in the coming years.