Charity Program

You can Run for a Cause!

If running 13.1 or 26.2 miles isn’t inspiration enough, there are hundreds of participants in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon who not only give of themselves physically, but give to others as well. For years, runners have used this race as a vehicle to raise awareness and funds for many local and national charities. The Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation is honored to be a part of this worthy outreach to so many deserving causes.

The Foundation created a committee to help oversee the efforts of the Charity Program. Foundation board members and volunteers are assigned as liaisons to help coordinate the fund-raising efforts. Since the online program was created in 2005, more than $1.75 million has been raised for participating local and national charities.

For more information on the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation: CLICK HERE

The Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association provides service and education to 125 counties across greater Kentucky and southern Indiana. Over 5 million Americans have the disease and more than 80,000 of them reside in our service territory. The services provided to those affected by Alzheimer’s, their families and caregivers include a 24 hour helpline; support groups; educational programs designed for caregivers, professionals and general education for the community; a newsletter and advocacy at all levels of government. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is a non-profit company devoted solely to creating products and services for people who are blind or visually impaired, and is the official supplier of educational materials for students who are visually impaired. These materials include braille, large type, recorded, computer disk, and tactile graphic publications, as well as a wide assortment of educational and daily living products. For more information about APH, go to www.aph.org.

Your gift today allows APH to provide thousands of free print/braille and audio books to blind pre-school children across the USA.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana’s mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those most in need of our services, to realize and develop their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. We are an out-of-school time provider, offering a safe place for youth ages 6-18. Ongoing programming fosters essential youth outcomes of academic success, character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles. In partnership with Dare to Care, we provide healthy meals 5 days a week. Clubs are neighborhood based so youth most in need have access. Each Club has a gym, game room, computer room, education room, art lab, kitchen and dedicated teen space. We have 5 locations and serve 4,000 youth: Ed Endres (New Albany), Jeffersonville, Newburg, Parkland and Shawnee.

To Fundraise for Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana: CLICK HERE

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Bridgehaven Mental Health Services provides the highest quality community based psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery services, education, and support to those touched by mental illness. Through individual, person-centered rehabilitation planning, we assist members in setting and achieving recovery and community integration goals.

Our programs provide individual and group therapy and skill building activities designed to improve the ability to interact and function in the community. Recovery is a process in which individuals with severe mental illness are encouraged to take control of their lives, set goals, take advantage of opportunities and return to living, learning, working and socializing activities of their choosing. Visit our website at www.bridgehaven.org for more information.

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Through the power of volunteer advocacy, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Lexington works to ensure that all victims of child abuse and neglect are given a chance to thrive in a safe, permanent home. CASA’s trained and supervised volunteers provide an independent voice for children, one child at a time, by speaking for their best interests in the family court system.

To Fundraise for CASA: CLICK HERE

The Colon Cancer Prevention Project’s mission is to eliminate preventable colon cancer death and suffering by increasing screening rates through education, advocacy, health systems improvement, and survivor support.  The Colon Cancer Prevention Project is based in Louisville, KY, where it works throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana.  We collaborate with local, state, and national partners to impact the state, the region, and the country to end the #2 cancer-killer among men and women.  Since the Project was formed in 2004, Kentucky has gone from 49th of all 50 states for colon cancer screening to 32nd.  Kentucky’s incidence rate has dropped more than 16 percent.  And Kentucky for the first time has funding for the Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program, a program that enables low-income, uninsured residents to get screenings. This is all supported by donors like YOU! Your support will help us educate people and raise awareness about colon cancer, the risk factors, and screening options, as well as to provide support for fighters and survivors.

To Fundraise for the Colon Cancer Prevention Project: CLICK HERE

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Girls on the Run Louisville is a 501(c)3 positive youth development program which combines an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. Our core curriculum addresses many aspects of girls’ development – their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. Lessons help girls make positive decisions  to avoid risky adolescent behaviors. At the end of each program the girls run a celebratory 5K to experience the exhilarating feeling of accomplishment. However, at Girls on the Run, the finish line is just the beginning, as our ultimate goal is to provide the girls with tools and resources that develop their ability to think critically – a skill that will serve them well for a lifetime.  To help provide this transformational program to as many girls as possible, please donate today or become a Girls on the Run Louisville “SoleMate” and run for the girls!

To Fundraise for Girls On The Run Louisville: CLICK HERE

Harbor House is a certified training and development facility for adults with disabilities, providing customized care plans for optimum productivity and life experiences. Medicaid/Medicare certified as well, Harbor House also provides bulk mail services for area businesses to utilize, and for its participants to work, as well as earn a paycheck. Other components include Case Management and Supported Employment through Vocational Rehabilitation.
All adults with disabilities have the same dreams, hopes and desires of those without, and Harbor House works tirelessly to ensure this can happen for each of our participants.

Home of the Innocents is a private, non-profit agency that has been in operation for 131 years. The Home provides loving and therapeutic care to children who are victims of abuse, abandonment, and neglect; round-the-clock skilled nursing care to medically fragile and terminally ill children; and a full range of services to children with autism and their families. We serve up to 300 children a day and almost 2,200 children and families a year.

For more information about our children and services visit www.homeoftheinnocents.org

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Hope Scarves is a charity created to capture the stories of courageous woman who have battled cancer.  Survivors pass along their favorite scarves, with their personal stories of hope attached, to women currently undergoing medical treatment.  The hope is that when each woman wraps a Hope Scarf around her head, she feels the strength of the woman who had worn it before her.  Hope Scarves depends on donations to help collect, clean, beautifully package, and deliver the scarves.  We have sent out over 350 scarves to women in 40 states and 3 countries.  It is about survivors sharing scarves and stories of hope!

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House of Ruth offers housing and support services with a holistic focus on individuals who are HIV-positive, as well as their family members who count on them for financial and emotional support. We provide treatment planning where clients set their own concrete, achievable goals to address mental, physical, emotional, social, financial, educational, and employment needs.

We also offer activities that decrease social isolation and increase peer support for children and families including: Back-to-school assistance, holiday events and gift assistance, educational workshops, social gatherings and summer camps.

To Fundraise for House Of Ruth: CLICK HERE

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The James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville believes everyone deserves world class cancer care. As the region’s leading academic, research and teaching medical center, patients benefit from the latest medical advances.

The Brown Cancer Center focuses on three areas:
Research, Treatment, Education/Prevention
Proceeds from the Marathon/miniMarathon will help the Brown Cancer Center continue its mission of finding answers to cancer.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation was founded in 1970 by two families whose children had been recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Their mission was simple: to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications through research. Since its origination, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) now has over 80 Chapters throughout the nation, 120 throughout the world, focused on raising funds to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables the body to turn food into energy. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.  People with the disease must carefully balance insulin doses (either by injections multiple times a day or continuous infusion through a pump) with eating and other activities throughout the day and night. They must also measure their blood-glucose level by pricking their fingers for blood six or more times a day. Each year, over 30,000 people—approximately 80 people each day—are diagnosed with type 1 in the U.S. Until a cure is found, those with diabetes must face a long list of devastating complications, including blindness, nerve damage, kidney failure, and heart failure. For them, JDRF is their hope for a cure.

For more information about getting involved with JDRF, visit the JDRF Kentucky Chapter website at www.jdrfkentucky.org or call (502) 485-9397.

To Fundraise for JDRF: CLICK HERE

 

Kentucky and Southern Indiana Stroke Association is a chapter of National Stroke Association and our mission is to educate the public on stroke risks and warning signs. We provide prevention and recovery education, a speaker’s bureau and a library. We participate in 3 to 6 health events per month, support stroke survivors through camp scholarships and survivor meetings, and provide opportunities for them to volunteer at our many events throughout the year.

Since 1959 the Kids Center has been serving families whose children have special needs in north central Kentucky and southern Indiana. We serve children who have cerebral palsy, spina bifida, autism, seizure disorders, Down syndrome, sensory integration disorders, and many other disabilities.  Each year we see over 700 children. The Center offers a variety of therapeutic services including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and family support services.  We help kids and families discover the ABILITY in disability.

To Fundraise for Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies: CLICK HERE

Team In Training is the world’s largest endurance sports training program, preparing people of all athletic abilities to run or walk a 26.2-mile marathon or a 13.1-mile half marathon, or to complete a 100-mile (century) bike ride, a triathlon, or a hike. In return for professional training and travel to one of many national event sites, participants raise valuable funds to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS’s) mission. Over the past 26 years, TNT has trained over half a million athletes while raising more than 1.4 billion dollars! LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. Our mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

To Fundraise for Team In Training: CLICK HERE

Orphan Care Alliance Serving the fatherless…..One RACE at a Time! Established in 2005, Orphan Care Alliance (OCA) is a network of families and agencies that span around the world and volunteers that represent several evangelical churches that stand together with one voice and one heart determined to change the world by serving the fatherless, one need at a time.

We meet those needs through three key areas: Advocacy, Family Support Ministry and Local Outreach to fatherless children. We also focus on financially helping families to adopt domestically or internationally, as well as supporting children in our community through the families and institutions that care for them through mentoring, respite, and goods.

For more information on how you can serve in one of these ministries, please visit www.orphancarealliance.org.

To Fundraise for Orphan Care Alliance: CLICK HERE

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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana provides a “home away from home” for families of children receiving healthcare at area medical facilities while also lending support to other organizations who aid children. They do this by providing a 36 bedroom Ronald McDonald House and three Ronald McDonald Families Rooms in Louisville.

Since September 10, 1984 our Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms have served over 25,000 families. Our staff and volunteers offer love, strength and support, just when families need it most.

When you run or walk as a St. Jude Hero, you inspire hope in children fighting cancer and other catastrophic illnesses. By raising money as a St. Jude Hero, you will be supporting the lifesaving research and treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

To Fundraise for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: CLICK HERE

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Seven Counties Services is the largest behavioral health agency in the Metro Louisville area, serving over 32,000 people annually.  We build healthy communities by helping individuals and families who are affected by mental illness, developmental disabilities, addictions and abuse realize their potential.

As part of the Kentucky Derby Mini Marathon, we are collaborating with community partners throughout our region to paint a realistic picture of the mental health issues faced by our veterans. Problems facing over 40% of returning soldiers include anxiety, depression, and PTSD in addition to substance abuse, TBI, family violence, and grief or bereavement. By participating with Seven Counties in the Mini Marathon you’ll contribute to the expansion of programs, services and treatments for the thousands of veterans in our community dealing with these issues.  Our “Run with our Heroes” Team is an incredible opportunity to run or walk in honor of our local heroes, many who are struggling to put their lives back together after deployment.  Our goal is for our veterans and all in our community to live satisfying, productive and valued lives.  Won’t you join or contribute to our team?

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Youth for Christ Louisville reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.

When you run or walk with Youth for Christ, the money you raise may help a young mom learn life and parenting skills, provide a camp scholarship for a deaf teenager, or allow high school students to make a difference in their school. We look forward to hearing your story.

To Fundraise for Youth For Christ Louisville: CLICK HERE