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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

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am working with Go4theGoal for my senior project. It really is a great organization, and people get really excited when they find out how easy it is to get involved and how much of their donation is actually going to helping kids with cancer. I hope to continue volunteering long after my senior project is over!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Here at Children's Hospital Colorado when the Kart-4-Kids pulls up to a patient's door something magical happens.

It never fails to pause a cry, ease a procedure, or prompt a patient (who might not otherwise be inclined) to hop out of bed to lauch a serious shopping spree. It always produces a laugh or a smile in what might be a "rough" day, it can give a family a much welcome change up to Chipotle for dinner, and even provide a small but so much appreciated assist for a family who might not be able to afford some small necessity that we might take for granted.

Working with the people from The Go-4-the-Goal Foundation has been an incredible. experience. It doesn't matter if you are talking to them on the phone, communicating thru email, or personally spending time with them in an onchology unit, the feeling is always the same. These are the most caring, dedicated, and effective people you could ever hope to team up with. They just plain "get it".

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

You all are wonderful in what you do, and not only wonderful but quick in your response, either for what you can do as well as what you are unable to do. I know the families you have assisted us are very pleased with Go4theGoal! Carolyn K. Williams, MSW Oncology Social Worker, CHKD, Norfolk, VA

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out through the internet that a local teen who plays basketball had been diagnosed with Leukemia. I seached the internet and found go4thegoal. I loved the idea of selling showlaces to our towns children and sports team. It seemed to me like an easy thing to sell and something that the kids could use. Beth at Go4thegoal was so helpful and kind on the phone. I picked up laces the same day I made my first phone call to her. I had everything I needed to get started. That night in a few hours I sold 20 laces to a few people at a basketball game. People were so generous and so supportive and loved the laces and the bracelets. I was able to take pictures and post them on media sites so that our local teen that was battling leukemia could see that we were there for him and supporting him. It just took one phone call to get the ball rolling it couldn't have been any easier.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Go4theGoal is a great organization to work with! To see how much the work they do, and how much they help children and families affected by cancer, is very fulfilling! Go4theGoal really does make a difference in, not just their community, but hundreds of communities across the country!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Hunter Zampa, and I am a teen chef. I have been featured on Rachael Ray vs Guy Fieri Kids Cookoff, The Rachael Ray Show, and even won the Food Network show Chopped! I recently did an event with Go4theGoal called the Kid Chef Cookoff. We raised over 15,000 dollars for a boy with leukemia in my hometown, and Go4theGoal was the best. We would have not been able to do what we accomplished without the help from Beth, Heather, and everyone else from the charity. I would love to do another event with Go4theGoal, and had an amazing time working with them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am on the board for FCProvidence Soccer Club in PA. We decided to support Pediatric Awareness Month in September. I found Go 4 the Goal by searching for the gold sock with the gold ribbon. What a great way to generate awareness. The kids wore them to all of their games during the month of September. In addition, Go 4 the Goal sent us merchandise to sell to raise funds for a very important cause. It was great to get the children and families involved in this effort. Even families from the opposing teams not only contributed but also thanked us for supporting such a great cause.

Go 4 the Goal also allows you to choose where the funds go, which was very important to us. They were a pleasure to work with by providing all of the information and materials, as well as excellent communication.

I am very pleased to have had the pleasure to support such a great case and to partner with this amazing organization.

Barb Kernen
FCP Marketing

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I coach for Barberton Youth Soccer and we heard about this program through a newspaper article. The reason why we got involved in this wonderful cause is a few years ago our oldest son was having some health issues, we took him to the doctors the him some blood work, the warned us what they were testing for and one of the things on the list was childhood cancer. We waited a week for the results it was the longest week of our lives, it turned out he had mono. I can't imagine what these young cancer patients and their families go through. We love that Go 4 the Gold gives back to children right in our own community.

Thank you for letting our team participate in such a wonderful cause.

Brian and Stacy Carpenter

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the parent of a young survivor, and was moved to help when I found out my son's hospital would benefit. He is now a healthy soccer player, so this was a perfect way give back. Go 4 the Goal was very easy to work with and prompt in responding to questions. They provided posters, literature, balloons - everything we needed for a smooth fundraiser. The shoelaces were very well received by the families who were eager to support the cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is such an honor to have been blessed with the friendship of the Stefanacci family. Their graciousness and goodness is so heartwarming. Go4TheGoal is helping thousands of children affected by cancer achieve their goals...especially when it is so hard for them to keep up with their schoolwork and classmates. As I treasure the memories of sitting side by side with Richard (as his homebound instructor), I know Richard is guiding the Go4TheGoal Foundation with his spirit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This season the Ivy League participated in a conference wide Go4TheGoal Lace-up weekend. Following the Ivy Conference meeting the Ivy League enthusiastically agreed to support a proposal to generate awareness for the Go4TheGoal Foundation.

During the opening weekend of Ivy League play each University wore their laces and home sites decorated their fields. Personally, the Princeton Tigers were extremely excited to wear their laces and headbands to help generate awareness for an outstanding cause. The players were thrilled to support an organization that represents something truly meaningful. The events of this weekend had impacts throughout the department as various coaching staffs asked how they too can become involved with the Go4TheGoal Foundation.

The Princeton Tigers will continue to support the Go4TheGoal Foundation, as they are touched by the mission of this phenomenal organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Go4theGoal since it's establishment in 2006 and the much needed support they provide for cancer patients and their families is incredible. One of the most wonderful things about Go4theGoal is that all funds raised stay local which allows everyone involved in a Go4theGoal fundraiser to really feel like they are making a difference. Everyone working at Go4theGoal is completely selfless and their hard work and dedication to the cause is remarkable. Go4theGoal has grown immensely over the last eight years and the impact they have on people's lives will only continue to grow as they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Throughout the past couple of years I have found that volunteering at Go4TheGoal is great! I still remember when Go4TheGoal was started and now it has grown to be such an amazing organization. I enjoy volunteering at events and actually have a lot of fun doing so. I think the work that this organization does for children diagnosed with cancer is so important. They provide so much help and make so many children so happy. I also love that my high school participates too. I love when we have the lace up sports games each year and the dress down day to raise money and awareness. Go4TheGoal has made a great impact on many lives including mine. I love being a part of this organization and can't wait to volunteer for the next events.

Brynn M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had a wonderful experience working with Go4theGoal. Beth got in contact with me and we started a "Kart4Kids" program at my local hospital. We visit the hospital and let kids pick a gift off of the cart that they get to keep all for themselves. It was amazing to see the smiles brought to their faces. It also felt amazing to see all the parents smile while their child was playing with his or her new toy. Go4theGoal brings a little happiness and a smile to these children and their families dealing with cancer. This is an absolutely wonderful organization that I am happy to be working with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with Go4TheGoal Foundation for the last three years. I have seen first hand, the motivation, dedication, and passion that Beth Stefanacci and the entire Foundation has for helping children with cancer achieve their goals. I have worked mostly with young athletes in the area to participate in the "Lace Up for Pediatric Cancer" campaign, and I have seen the impact and inspiration of many young soccer players doing their part in the fight against pediatric cancer. Go4TheGoal has helped to change the lives of many young children battling cancer, but they also give young athletes a means to help in the fight. This is a personal battle worth the effort at all levels. It is a privilege to work with Go4TheGoal and the brave children fighting each day.

Carin Gabarra
Navy Women's Soccer Coach
1996 Olympic Gold Medalist

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our Program has worked with GO4thgoal over the last two years. We started with selling laces for a boy in a neighboring town. This past season we had a child in our town and Go4thgoal was outstanding!

We were supplied with lacecs, information, banners. We were able to raise over $5,000 for the local family in a short amount of time. Go4thegoal help support several fundraisers beyond that initial event.

The people at the foundation truly care and work with you in any way possible. Extremely friendly and flexible.

Looking to coordinate several events this upcoming season.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Go4theGoal foundation since I was in elementary school. I cherish every opportunity I have to work with these wonderful people. It's truly a rewarding experience because you get to see the fruits of your labor when you see the positive affect it has on children with cancer. The people at G4G are so selfless and so dedicated to the cause that it is truly edifying to observe and to be apart of. I'm so passionate about this charity as well as inspired by the people that I look forward to every opportunity I get to volunteer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently joined Go4thegoal's "Lace-Up for Pediatric Cancer" movement. I've been raising money by selling yellow shoelaces and have gotten a tremendous response from everyone I have reached out to. I recently got my college basketball team and our opponents to wear the laces for one of our games. It was amazing to be able to raise awareness and support Go4thegoal through the the Lace-Up movement. I'm so thankful to have joined this cause and help out families of children with cancer!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My high school soccer team was able to assist a young man move closer to his goal of raising $25,000 for pediatric cancer research and awareness through the Go 4 the Goal Foundation. This experience had a very positive influence on the young men that I coach. The players treated this young man like "one of the guys" when he came out to our annual night game where we were able to raise $1100 for this cause. Between the Go 4 the Goal Foundation website and staff, we were able to get all of the supplies we needed in a very timely manner to make our fundraising efforts that much easier. We will be Getting Laced Up for Pediatric Cancer again next season. Chris Foley - Head Coach - Lenape HS Boys Soccer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Go 4 the Goal really helps to empower kids to make a difference in the lives of other children suffering from pediatric cancer. They cheered on and supported my son and his high school baseball team as they "laced up" and raised money for Go 4 the Goal through hitting home runs! They were so helpful in making sure the kids had what they needed to make their project a success for everyone involved. I was so impressed with G4G philosophy and genuine kindness that I am now volunteering for them, too! And, their initiatives really go right to helping children in their local communities. They really champion kids in so many ways.