Rally Foundation’s mission is to empower volunteers across the country to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures.
Overview & Story:
It all started in a driveway. Nothing pulls a community together more than when a child gets sick. William Olson is that child, and when his brain cancer returned after an 18-month remission, more than 100 friends gathered in the Olson’s driveway to pray. A group of moms continued to meet in the Olson’s driveway every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning to keep praying for the Olson’s as they faced an incredibly tough battle.
One evening, Dean Crowe, one of the Prayer Circle moms, and her husband, Reid, went to visit William in the hospital. At the time of the visit, William had zero white blood cells and was very sick. The couple started asking questions about the treatments available for William. They were surprised at how limited his options were.
Dean asked William’s mom, Nancy, a simple question, “What can I do to help?”
Nancy knew Dean was serious and asked for her help in redirecting funds to support childhood cancer research. Nancy shared, “All that parents with children suffering from cancer really want is better treatment with fewer long-term debilitating side-effects and cures. The only way this will happen is if childhood cancer research is better funded.” She further explained that childhood cancer is very different than adult cancer: Children and adults get different kinds of cancers, and therefore, they have to be researched and treated differently.
When Dean set out to help Nancy, she discovered that funding simply wasn’t available to redirect for childhood cancer research. However, she knew that she and others desperately wanted to help. The pediatric cancer community at any given time is 10 million strong, and Dean knew that this community would rally to help raise money for research.
So, after much prayer, the Rally Foundation was born. Rally Foundation, a 501(c)(3), has one mission: to raise money for childhood cancer research through grassroots initiatives.
And just so you know, William graduated from high school with a 4.0 and is now an honor student at Auburn University!
Featured (Signature) Events:
Fashion Funds The Cure
Rally 4 Quarters
McCann 16 Challenge
Fantasy Baseball Tour
Benefit Bash Atlanta
Rally Birthday Club
Celebrity Softball Game
Parker's Birthday Bash
Jumping for Jacob
Lofton 50 Challenge
Rally Holiday Cards
A Rally Kid is a child who has fought or is currently fighting childhood cancer. We also extend the invitation to all adults who have fought childhood cancer to share their stories, as well.
Free to sign up!
Picture and bio featured on Rally’s website
Opportunity to receive invitation to special events
A “Welcome to Rally” packer, including a Rally T-shirt
At Rally, we believe that the battle to find a cure for childhood cancers begins with a story. These personal stories are inspirational and encourage everyone to Rally in our efforts to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. All of Rally’s endeavors are dedicated to a child or children fighting cancer because together we are stronger. Please feel free to Rally for one of our Kids or any child battling cancer. http://rallyfoundation.org/index.php/kids/become_a_rally_kid
Website @ www.rallyfoundation.org/
Events Calendar @ http://rallyfoundation.org/index.php/events/list
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