Youth leagues, high school teams, collegiate athletic programs, and professional athletes are teaming up with Vs. Cancer to change lives in their community and across the country. As a signature fundraising campaign for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Vs. Cancer provides athletes with a platform for good and allows their fundraising efforts to directly benefit their local children’s hospital.
With the help of Vs. Cancer’s customizable peer-to-peer fundraising platform, youth sports teams have been a driving force behind many fundraising efforts by spreading the cause to their local communities and shaving their heads to raise awareness of those struggling with cancer. “The head shaving serves as a sign of support for kids battling cancer. ‘We’re on your team. We’ve got your back.’ Sending that message to kids going through treatment is invaluable,” says Vs. Cancer campaign director, Rachel Mark.
After their fundraising is complete, 50% of the funds raised go toward national research for the deadliest form of childhood cancer, pediatric brain tumors, through the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, while the other 50% is donated to a local children’s hospital of the team’s choice. “The local portion of the donation is used to fund child-life programs at the hospital, with the hopes of providing a more comfortable experience for a child and their family going through cancer treatment,” Mark added.
The North Wake County Baseball Association (NWCBA) hosts an annual Vs. Cancer Benefit Tournament, organized by NWCBA volunteer, Robert Welton. In 2018 this tournament raised $30,000 for Vs. Cancer and pediatric oncology programs at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Over the years NWCBA has raised over $110,000 for the cause. “One of the best parts of the weekend is watching the kids bond after the head shaving. Their baldness becomes a badge of honor that they proudly wear with their new Vs. Cancer T-shirts,” Welton noted.
The Vs. Cancer staff is with their fundraising teams every step of the way. “We provide all the tools necessary to make sure the fundraiser is successful and beneficial for the team. We also work to connect our teams with their hospital to let them know exactly where their fundraising dollars are going,” said Mark.
Pediatric cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children. As a signature fundraising campaign for The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Vs. Cancer’s goal is to bring awareness to the disease and support efforts to eliminate it altogether. Since Vs. Cancer’s inception in 2012, over 4.5 million dollars has been raised by supporters. Robin Boettcher, Chief Executive officer of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, understands how vital these athletes are to the mission.
“We applaud the efforts and generous spirit of each of our teams,” added Mark. “They are helping us provide life-changing support for local children fighting cancer and fund ground-breaking research into a cure. With the support of incredible organizations like North Wake Baseball, we’re fighting for futures for these kids.”
Vs. Cancer welcomes any sports team or athlete to fundraise for cancer research and the hospital in their community. Reach out to Vs. Cancer to get started at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 980-925-7557. For more information, visit www.vs-cancer.org.