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Ben's Run / Ben's Gift, Inc.

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Causes: Health

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.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

Ben's Run is a great race supporting a great cause in memory of a great kid. Ben was my nephew and godson. He was a wonderful guy, who liked to laugh and was a real charmer. Ben bravely battled leukemia for many years and spent many months at Children's National Medical Center before he passed away. This race honors him and helps to raise important money to fight childhood cancers. I encourage you to support it. The course is fairly flat with a few rolling hills through Ben's old neighborhood. The race is well-organized with warm-up music and a DJ before it starts. There is also a silent auction and even an occasional appearance by Batman. There are a few other fund-raisers during the year, such as a comedy club night. All the organizers for these events are volunteers so all your money goes directly where it is needed most.


Rating: 5

I, too, have a personal association with Ben's Run/Ben's Gift as I am proud to have been Ben's aunt. As I was unable to participate in the run this year, my status is only that of a donor, though I thoroughly enjoyed assisting (in a small way) with the first run in 2011. It was an exciting event - well organized, well attended and well received by the participants. The money raised by Ben's Run/Ben's Gift is donated directly to Children's Hospital in Washington, DC. I personally spent many hours visiting in this wonderful facility and experienced the dedication and expertise of the amazing staff who worked with my nephew. What better way to honor Ben's memory than to make a donation to, or volunteer for, Ben's Run/Ben's Gift! Children's Hospital is a very worthy recipient of our dollars and our thanks.