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 million has been raised for participating local and national charities.
For more information on the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation: CLICK HERE
If you would like to run for one of our Official Race Charities, just pick one from the list below and click on their name to sign up.
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.
To Fundraise for ALZKYIN: CLICK HERE
It takes determination to endure. It takes DetermiNation to find a cure. Make your miles more meaningful. Join the American Cancer Society’s nation of athletes determined to end cancer. With every mile conquered, you can help save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together, we’ll stay well, get well, find cures and fight back.
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. For cancer information anytime, day or night, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
If you are interested in joining the American Cancer Society DetermiNation in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon, email Allison Smith at Allison.Smith@cancer.org or call 502-560-6039.
To Fundraise for American Cancer Society: CLICK HERE
As the oldest voluntary health organization in the United States, the American Lung Association’s mission is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through Education, Advocacy and Research.
With the generous support of the public, we are “Fighting for Air.” When you join the American Lung Association in the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air, you help save lives today and keep America healthy tomorrow.
If you are interested in joining the American Lung Association in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon or Mini Marathon, email Madelyn Anetrella at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 502-363-2652.
To make your miles more meaningful and register as a Lung Association charity runner, visit http://action.lungusa.org/kentucky-marathon.
For more information on the American Lung Association in Kentucky: CLICK HERE
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 will assist APH to provide Reader’s Digest® in braille and on cassette, Newsweek® on cassette, and other products.
To Fundraise for American Printing House for the Blind: CLICK HERE
The Kentucky Chapter was founded in January 2001 to serve the needs of those living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and their caregivers. The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. ALSA covers all the bases — research, patient and community services, public education, and advocacy — in providing help and hope to those facing the disease. The ALS Association (National Office and the Kentucky Chapter) operates under a shared mission: to help people living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and to leave no stone unturned in search for the cure. Our accomplishments are made possible by the generosity of others. From the smallest donation to the largest gift, donors touch the ALS community with hope for the future. Together we WILL find a cure!
To Fundraise for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association: CLICK HERE
The mission of Best Buddies is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendship, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To accomplish this mission, Best Buddies Kentucky works directly with 16 school-based chapters throughout the Commonwealth. Funds raised will directly support our efforts to enhance the lives of youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities, by facilitating one-to-one friendships and increased social inclusion. With the Kentucky Derby Festival, we are improving the lives of our participants one stride at a time!
To Fundraise for Best Buddies: CLICK HERE
The Children’s Tumor Foundation is the global leader in funding medical research to find effective treatments for neurofibromatosis (NF). NF causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body and can lead to blindness, bone deformities, cancer, deafness, disfigurement, learning disabilities and disabling pain. Hardly rare, but rarely talked about, NF affects 1 in every 3,000 births and millions of people around the world. The Foundation is leading the way in drug discovery for the disorder, with 50 drugs in the pipeline today and there will be more tomorrow; we are always evolving and you can be too. To join the NF Endurance Team please email email@example.com or call 212.336.6633 ext 251.
To Fundraise for the Children’s Tumor Foundation: CLICK HERE
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to developing cures for spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. With TEAM REEVE, our athletic fundraising program, we are inspired by the words of Christopher Reeve, “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”
Be a member of our TEAM and realize your dream of participating in a marathon, triathlon, cycling or adventure race and help us keep the hopes and dreams of Chris, Dana and the millions of people worldwide living with paralysis shining bright!
If you are interested in joining TEAM REEVE in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon, please email TeamReeve@ChristopherReeve.org or call us at 1-800-225-0292 and ask for the Team Reeve Director.
Dare to Care Food Bank strives to lead our community to feed the hungry and conquer the cycle of need. 1 in 6 individuals in our community is in need of food assistance. Dare to Care responds to this need by providing more than 11 million nutritious meals annually to those who need it. Our innovative programs and community partnerships allow us to touch more than 192,000 children, adults, and seniors each year. Dare to Care Food Bank relies on the support of our community to continue working toward our vision of a hunger-free Kentuckiana. Dare to Care can provide 4 meals for every $1 donated. To learn more about Dare to Care Food Bank, please visit www.daretocare.org.
To Fundraise for Dare to Care: CLICK HERE
The Deion Branch Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to offer support to children’s mental, physical and emotional well-being by assisting programs and initiatives aimed at improving their quality of life. The foundation actively supports organizations committed to assisting meningitis victims, particularly infected children. In addition, the Deion Branch Foundation is dedicated to promoting the emotional well-being of disenfranchised children by supporting organizations like Tree house for Kids, Zion Preparatory Academy, The Girl Scouts, The Home of the Innocents and a variety of other programs.
To Fundraise for Team Branch: CLICK HERE
This year is ElderServe’s inaugural participation in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon. ElderServe, Inc. is the largest non-profit senior services organization in the Louisville metropolitan area. For nearly 50 years ElderServe has offered services than enable older adults to live safe, secure and self-directed lives through a variety of programs. The purpose of ElderServe is to turn the needs of the elderly into opportunities. We do this in many ways — from advocacy, to home care, to simple phone calls and companionship. And we need your help. To learn more, please visit us at www.elderserveinc.org or call 502-587-8673.
To Fundraise for ElderServe: CLICK HERE
Join Fred’s Team! Who is Fred? Frederick Law Olmsted, the visionary landscape architect who designed 18 parks and 6 parkways in Louisville including Iroquois, Shawnee and Cherokee. Frederick Law Olmsted also designed Central Park in New York City, the US capitol grounds and the Biltmore Estate grounds in North Carolina. Fred’s Team supports the work of Olmsted Parks Conservancy, a non-profit organization working to restore, enhance and preserve our treasured parks. These parks are vital to our health as a community and as individuals. Run or walk with Fred’s Team. The job of protecting these parks and advocating on their behalf never ends. Every participant and every donation helps protect these incredible green spaces.
To Join Fred’s Team and to Fundraise for the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks: CLICK HERE
The mission of Gilda’s Club Louisville is to create welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer–men, women, teens and children–along with their families and friends. Our innovative program is an essential complement to medical care, providing networking and support groups, workshops, education and social activities. Your gift will help us continue to support children and adults living with cancer in our community.
To Fundraise for Gilda’s Club of 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.
To Fundraise for Harbor House: CLICK HERE
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
To Fundraise for the Home: CLICK HERE
Our staff, Board members, volunteers, and donors help strengthen lives for more than 1,300 people, including nearly 400 children, and 700 households each year. We do this by housing those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as providing assistance with other basic needs – food, rent, utilities, bus tickets, and prescriptions. Additionally, we offer case management, life skills workshops, social events, substance abuse treatment, and activities geared specifically to children.
To Fundraise for the House Of Ruth: CLICK HERE
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.
To Fundraise for the Brown Cancer Center: CLICK HERE
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation was founded in 1970 by 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 much needed funds to Cure, Treat and Prevent type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is a life threatening autoimmune disease which strikes children and adults suddenly and makes them dependent on insulin for life. Close to 26 million Americans live with diabetes, 4 million American with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes takes a huge toll on national healthcare costs. Current government figures report that diabetes costs our nation more than $174 billion annually with one out of every five healthcare dollars attributed to a diabetes-related illness. Until a cure is found, those with diabetes must face a long list of devastating complications, including blindness, kidney failure, and heart failure. For them, JDRF is their hope for a cure. This year, Forbes Magazine ranked JDRF as one of the top 5 All-Star Charities for Efficient Groups. For more information about donating or volunteering for JDRF, visit the JDRF Kentucky Chapter website at www.jdrfkentucky.org or call (502) 485-9397.
To Fundraise for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: 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.
To Fundraise for KSISA: CLICK HERE
Kentucky Animal Relief Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2001, is a small network of volunteers committed to the rescue and comprehensive care of homeless senior dogs. Overlooked and undervalued, seniors stand little to no chance of adoption and are left to face illness, loneliness, confusion and eventual death at the most vulnerable time in their lives. All dogs rescued by our organization receive necessary veterinary care, including, but not limited to, bloodwork evaluation, heartworm test and treatment if needed, diagnostic x-rays, dental care, growth removal/biopsies, spay/neuter, required vaccines, and any necessary medications. Our goal is to maximize quality of life of the dogs in our care and to place every reasonably healthy, adoptable dog in a screened and approved permanent home. Unadopted dogs remain in the care of Kentucky Animal Relief Fund for the remainder of their lives.
To Join TEAM KARF and Fundraise for Kentucky Animal Relief Fund: CLICK HERE
What is Hemophilia? Hemophilia and similar bleeding disorders are genetic illnesses that result in spontaneous and prolonged bleeding due to the lack of clotting factors in the blood. These are lifelong conditions that can be treated with clotting factor administered into the vein. Because bleeding is frequent and needed treatment expensive, affected families struggle to lead normal lives. There is no cure. About KHF The Kentucky Hemophilia Foundation (KHF) is a statewide health agency serving all those affected by hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, and similar bleeding disorders. One of the most important things we do is to help the newly diagnosed and their families cope with the many life changes that these disorders can cause. We need your help to continue making all of our services possible and ask that you consider a gift to support our fund drive. Your contribution will help extend peace of mind to parents of children with bleeding disorders, knowing resources and assistance are available from the Kentucky Hemophilia Foundation.
Click here for a brochure: http://kyhemo.org/info/what.php.
To Fundraise for KHF: CLICK HERE
Every step is important for a runner or walker. But for kids with special needs, every step has a greater meaning. The Run For Kids Center team is coming together to help make sure that no child is turned away who needs our help. Since 1959, the Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies has been helping over 700 children each year who face challenges such as autism, spina bifida, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, ADD/ADHD, sensory integration issues and more.
To Fundraise for Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies: CLICK HERE
Kosair Children’s Hospital serves more than 120,000 children annually from throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana, and is Kentucky’s only full-service, free-standing pediatric hospital. As a regional facility that treats all children regardless of the family’s ability to pay, the hospital relies on support from the community. The Children’s Hospital Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Kosair Children’s Hospital and raises millions of dollars each year to support programs, equipment and facilities, research, advocacy and education. Your support is needed to help the “Just for Kids” Campaign fund facilities, equipment and educational and research programs to improve the health and well-being of our community’s children for decades to come. The “Just for Kids” running team supports these efforts and wellness in our community. So if you are training for a 5k to full marathon we will help you train and give you the support that you will need. We have runners/walker of all ages and abilities with common goals to challenge themselves and also make a difference in the community.
To Fundraise for Kosair’s Children’s Hospital: 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 or a triathlon. 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 23 years, TNT has trained over 500,000 athletes while raising more than 1.2 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
Team Lung Love (TLL) is an endurance sports training program focused exclusively on raising awareness and support for lung cancer. Marathoners, novice runners and walkers of all levels and ages are joining our official charity participation world-class events nationwide, providing an opportunity for survivors and all those impacted to add their voices to the lung cancer movement while bringing hope and compassion to millions. Together we are making a difference—one mile at a time!
To Fundraise for Team Lung Love: CLICK HERE
The Morton Center helps put lives back together. We provide counseling and educational services to individuals and families struggling with alcoholism and other addictions. We also offer a treatment subsidy program to assist potential clients who cannot afford the cost of care. Help us continue to provide the hope of healing to those in need!
To Fundraise for The Morton Center: 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
Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky’s (O.A.K.) mission is to provide resources for support, networking, and education for women who are diagnosed with gynecological cancers and their caregivers in order to improve outcomes. O.A.K. works to create awareness among women and the greater community regarding early warning signs that may be indicative of ovarian cancer, resulting in earlier detection and saved lives. O.A.K. encourages greater citizen participation in gynecological cancer issues for the benefit of future generations through public education programs, media collaboration, and joint ventures with other community organizations. For more information about fundraising for O.A.K. please call 502-708-1625.
To Fundraise for O.A.K.: CLICK HERE
The Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center (SCHC) seeks to transform the community by sharing the love of Christ in word and deed to facilitate community development and holistic healthcare through the empowerment of the Shawnee residents. SCHC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that combines preventative/curative healthcare with asset-based community development to address needs voiced by the Shawnee residents; building their capacity to address the social determinants that negatively impact their health status. SCHC provides quality healthcare to all Louisville Metro residents.
To Fundraise for Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center: CLICK HERE
Spina Bifida is the most frequently occurring permanently disabling birth defect. Every day, about eight babies born in the United States have Spina Bifida or a similar birth defect of the brain and spine. There are currently 166,000 people living with Spina Bifida in the United States. The Spina Bifida Association (SBA), founded over 35 years ago, has existed to promote the prevention of Spina Bifida and to enhance the lives of all affected. SBA provides education, research, advocacy and other critical services for those living with Spina Bifida and the 65 million women of child bearing years, many of whom are at risk. Team Spina Bifida encourages participants across the country to raise awareness and funds for families affected with this complex birth defect while training for and completing an endurance event like the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon. To join Team Spina Bifida, please email Michelle Peacock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Spina Bifida Association, please visit www.spinabifidaassociation.org.
To Fundraise for Spina Bifida: CLICK HERE
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 Heroes: CLICK HERE
St. Leo SPICE (Special People in Catholic Education) is a program designed to support the education and formation of people with special needs in our community. SPICE provides additional funding for classroom aides, continuing education for faculty and staff, classroom support materials, software, and more. SPICE supports inclusion by bringing the awareness necessary to embrace the diversity of people; thus promoting understanding, compassion, and respect. SPICE provides ALL people with an example of a living Catholic community that places the dignity of the individual and the call to human relationship at the center of the educational experience. SPICE puts faith into action. Add SPICE to your life and take steps for Inclusion! If you have any questions about SPICE, please contact us at email@example.com.
To Fundraise for SPICE: CLICK HERE
USA Cares exists to help bear the burdens of service by providing post-9/11 military families with financial and advocacy support in their time of need. Assistance is provided to all branches of service, all components, all ranks while protecting the privacy and dignity of those military families and veterans who request our help. Since 2003, USA Cares has responded to over 36,000 requests for assistance with more than $9,000,000 in direct support grants. Our assistance programs include: Combat Injured: Providing significant levels of financial support for those wounded in combat, in particular, those invisibly wounded by PTS and TBI. Jobs Assistance: Reducing unemployment among post-9/11 veterans, particularly combat injured, Guard and Reserve. And, removing financial barriers to employment.
Housing Assistance: Helping save privately owned or rented homes as military families have been disproportionately impacted by the housing crisis. Emergency Assistance: Keeping the lights on, food on the table and a family car in the driveway Why we are different: Grants not Loans: USA Cares provides grants to solve problems not loans to prolong them. Screening of Applicants: USA Cares carefully screens each applicant. Our staff works directly with service providers (utility, mortgage company, etc.) to confirm the need. Leveraging Other Assistance: USA Cares mobilizes other organizations to join in providing assistance thus maximizing the impact of every donation. Low Overhead/High Efficiency: Typically more than 80% of all contributions received from donations and grants go to support service members and their families.
For more information about USA Cares, please visit usacares.org.
To Fundraise for USA Cares: CLICK HERE