Reasons


AMVETS Diabetes Research
Athens County Suicide Prevention Coalition
Athens Catholic Community
Autism
Big Brothers Big Sisters – Athens County
Carol’s Clan for The Plains Elementary
Camp BOOST
Community Food Initiatives – Heroes for Hunger
Community Health Programs: Heritage Community Clinic
Community of Hope
Cystic Fibrosis – Lilly’s Sunshine
Cystic Fibrosis – Sean’s Pals
Folds of Honor
Friends of the Shelter Dogs
Greater Athens Soccer Association
Kyle Terrian Memorial Fund
James Ball Scholarship Fund
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Ohio University Women’s Club Soccer
MUPeloton
OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital – Healthy Moms and Babies
OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital SeniorBEAT
OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Patient Assistance Fund
Ohio University Acacia Fraternity – Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research
Ohio University Alpha Delta Pi – Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio
Ohio University Alpha Epsilon Pi – Save a Child’s Heart Foundation
Ohio University Alpha Gamma Delta – Diabetes Awareness & Education
Ohio University Alpha Omicron Pi- The Arthritis Foundation
Ohio University Alpha Xi Delta – Autism Speaks
Ohio University Athletes In Action
Ohio University Bobcatalina Club Synchronized Swimming
Ohio University Chi Omega
Ohio University Club Golf Team
Ohio University Club Fastpitch
Ohio University Club Track and Field
Ohio University Club Volleyball
Ohio University Dance Team
Ohio University Delta Gamma
Ohio University Delta Upsilon
Ohio University Delta Zeta – Speech & Hearing / The Painted Turtle Camp
Ohio University FIJI says USO is the way to GO
Ohio University Gymnastics
Ohio University Habitat for Humanity
Ohio University Lambda Chi Alpha – Feeding America
Ohio University Men’s Club Soccer
Ohio University Men’s Club Volleyball
Ohio University Phi Chi Theta Professional Business Fraternity for Testicular Cancer Research
Ohio University Phi Delta Theta – Lou Gehrig’s Disease Research
Ohio University Pi Kapps for Push America
Ohio University Physical Therapy Scholarship for Class of 2016
Ohio University Red Cross Club
Ohio University Relay For Life
Ohio University Rugby Football Club
Ohio University Sigma Phi Epsilon
Ohio University Sports Business Association
Ohio University Student Personnel Association
Ohio University Student Social Work Association
Ohio University Synchronized Skating Team
Ohio Universty Theta Chi – Wounded Warrior Project
Ohio Universty Waterski and Wakeboard Team
Ohio University Western Equestrian Team
Ohio University Women’s Club
Ohio University Women’s Crew Team
Ohio University Women’s Rugby
Ohio University Women’s Ultimate Frisbee
Pregnancy Resource Center of Athens County
Race for Live Healthy Appalachia
Relay For Life – Athens County
Relay For Life – Bankers for a Cure
Relay For Life – Team Believe
Stella Maris – In Loving Memory of Jim Walsh
Walk FM
Young Life – Ohio University/Athens County

AMVETS Diabetes Research

AMVETSAs one of America’s fore­most vet­er­ans ser­vice orga­ni­za­tions, AMVETS (or Amer­i­can Vet­er­ans) has a proud his­tory of assist­ing vet­er­ans and spon­sor­ing numer­ous pro­grams that serve our coun­try and its cit­i­zens. The help­ing hand that AMVETS extends to vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies takes many forms.

Diabetes affects over 20 million Americans with perhaps another 10 million being undiagnosed. Diabetes is responsible for a variety of conditions including heart attacks, strokes, amputations, blindness, and kidney disease.

The AMVETS Diabetes Research Institute at Ohio University was started in 2003 as a means by which AMVETS donations can help undergraduate students do research in the diabetes area. The overall goal is to discover new therapeutics to treat this devastating disease.

To qualify for the training award, the undergraduate student must have a grade point average over 3.0 and be a veteran of the armed forces or have had either a parent or grandparent in the armed forces. Importantly, 100% of the donations directly support the students. None of the money is used for administrative purposes.

To date, 27 students have been trained via AMVETS award with 25 of them going on to Medical School or Graduate School. Two of the former students are now medical doctors practicing in Ohio.

We are very proud of all of these bright young scholars!

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Athens County Suicide Prevention Coalition

suicidepreventionSuicide is preventable, there is help, there is hope. The Athens County Suicide Prevention Coalition brings awareness and education programs to this community to reduce the risk of suicide.

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Athens Catholic Community

CatholicOur Athens Catholic Community team is comprised of students from our youth ministry and campus ministry programs.

Our youth ministry program, Athens Catholic Teens (ACT), is made up of high school students from Christ the King University Parish and St. Paul Church in Athens. We are a community for teens to come together to explore their faith in a meaningful way. We’re running to help defray costs of programming we do each year, such as youth retreats and conferences, our Mission Trip to Kentucky, and weekly meetings.

Our campus ministry program, the Newman Community, promotes faith-sharing, learning, charity, and friendship for Catholic students at Ohio University. We’re running to fundraise for our pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi which will take place in January 2015. Newman is a completely donation-based group and cannot operate without your support.

Catholic means universal, so this year Newman and ACT have decided to run together! Last year, our two groups had a large presence at R4R. With the support of our Catholic community and friends in Athens and beyond, we will be able to continue to offer superior activities and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for students in our youth ministry and campus ministry programs.

Both ACT and Newman are student organizations with little to no budget. In order to continue to offer fantastic opportunities for students in our ministry programs, we need the support of donors like you!

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Autism

puzzelAF-CADRE (Appalachian Family Center for Autism and Disability Resources and Education) was established in 2013 when ANDD (Appalachian Network for Developmental Disabilities –formerly the ARC of Athens County) and Autism Society of Southeastern Ohio merged to truly join forces and serve LOCAL families. We aim to be a cadre of advocates and offer truly helpful and practical resources for Appalachian families struggling with autism or other developmental disabilities. Appalachian families face unique challenges that do not exist in other areas.

Thank you so much for participating in as a fundraiser for our cause. Your help will continue to assist AF-CADRE, the LOCAL advocacy group for families struggling with autism and other developmental disabilities, provide programs such as summer camps for children with autism or other developmental disabilities.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Athens County

BBBSLogoCommitted to the belief that there can be a mentor for every underprivileged child in Southeast Ohio, we have continued to expanded our services throughout Athens County and beyond in order to benefit the lives of children in need. As the need for our programming grows, so does our need for donations to help provide the children we serve with the resources they need to thrive.

Youth enrollment in our after-school programs increased 26% from the 2012-2013 to the 2013-2014 school year and our Community Mentoring Program, which matches children between the ages of 5-17 with responsible mentors, has also grown. From 2012 — 2013, the number of children enrolled as Littles increased nearly 10%. Fundraised dollars will stay in our community and will help provide resources and mentors to these children.

It remains our goal to expand access to our programming to underprivileged children throughout Southeast Ohio and we hope you will support us in our effort to make a lasting difference in the lives of area youths.

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Camp BOOST

BOOSTingAcademicThe Center for Intervention Research in Schools is offering a two-week summer camp that aims to help students get a jump start on the school year while providing a fun, social, and recreational environment. Camp BOOST is open to any camper aged 6-13 but is especially helpful for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and so some openings will be specifically reserved for children with ADHD. We are raising funds to purchase new sports equipment. Activities at Camp BOOST include soccer, basketball, kickball, softball, swimming, academics, art, and indoor and outdoor recreational games. The skills that youth will strengthen include: coping skills, social skills, sports skills, and organizational skills.

The mission of Camp BOOST, a program offered through Center for Intervention Research in Schools, is to offer an enriching recreational and academic learning experience for campers aged 6-13 in Southeast Ohio. Camp BOOST adapts components from an award-winning, scientifically sound Summer Treatment Program, developed by Dr. William Pelham, for children with Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to provide a rewarding experience for all campers, both with and without ADHD.

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Carol’s Clan for The Plains Elementary

CarolCarol Hart Stotts Bowser suffered a respiratory arrest on June 9, 2011, and was resuscitated by an emergency room nurse at O’Bleness. She recovered, regained consciousness and was spent an additional three precious weeks with her family. However, she passed away from complications of this attack and her long battle with COPD on June 30, 2011.

Her family will be honoring her memory again this year by participating and raising money for the The Plains Elementary School organizations. Carol’s children attended this school along with most of her grandchildren, great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Your donations and/or participation is deeply appreciated by her family!

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Community Food Initiatives – Heroes for Hunger

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Community Food Initiatives (CFI) is a membership based grassroots organization in Appalachian Ohio. The mission of CFI is to support a local food movement that expands fair access to fresh and nutritious foods for all people in our region. In Athens County, 31% people live in poverty, and 20% of people are identified as being food insecure. CFI is the only distributor of local, fresh food to food pantries beside the SE Ohio Regional Food Center in Logan, Ohio
The Donation Station works tirelessly to combat the issue of food insecurity in our region!  The way this is addressed is through monetary and food donations at both the Athens Farmers Market and the Chesterhill Produce Auction. In 2013, the Donation Station spent $11,389 in the local food economy and distributed over 50,000 pounds of fresh produce to 40 local food pantries and social service agencies! Please help us to squash hunger!

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Community Health Programs: Heritage Community Clinic

CommunityAccess to quality, affordable healthcare is something that many people in southeastern Ohio struggle with. The Heritage Community Clinic provides much needed medical services to uninsured and underinsured individuals. We treat an underserved rural population through our on-site and mobile clinics. Our vision is to provide a pathway to obtain “Wellness for All.”

In working toward accomplishing this vision, we strive to provide access to education and services to advances to health and well-being of underserved communities. The dedicated physicians and staff provide patient-centered programs that support the transformation of rural healthcare. The majority of our patients say that without the services available through the Heritage Community Clinic, they would not have received care. Your support of the Heritage Community Clinic will help us to provide much needed medical services to these individuals. Thank you for your consideration.

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Community of Hope

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There is just one shelter for people without homes in the 9 county region of Southeast Ohio. This single shelter provides 150-200 men, women, & children a place to stay each year, but in 2013 over 160 people had to be turned away for lack of space. Join me in Race for a Reason as I train and compete in a Duathlon to advocate and raise money for Good-Works, Inc., a nonprofit in Athens, Ohio serving the homeless and poverty-stricken. This is my FIRST duathlon and I ask you to join me in this journey by donating and spreading the word about Good Works. Also, consider joining the race yourself (in any of the events – 3k walk, 5k walk/run, 5k mud run, duathlon, or triathlon) and becoming a fundraiser as part of this team. The goal is to raise money to support Good Works in its mission to create a community of hope. This is my reason to race. “Be the change.”

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Lilly’s Sunshine

LillyHI!  My name is Lilly Straley.  I’m six years old and I love life.  I love playing with my friends, the violin, and learning about animals.  I am also battling a disease called Cystic Fibrosis, which slowly takes away my ability to breath and digest food.  There is a lot of research being done to help people like me, but we are in a race for more happy days.  Please help us support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Since they started, the life-expectancy for patients has doubled.

We appreciate your support. Please click here to watch a four minute video that tells my story and help us make CF stand for Cure Found by donating.

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Cystic Fibrosis – Sean’s Pals

sean's-palsOur son, Sean, was diagnosed with CF when he was 5. We always knew something was wrong, but we just thought it was allergies. When we got the diagnosis, we were in shock. The more we learned about the disease, the more we knew we had to do something.

Sean is 16 now and pretty mature for his age. He knows he can help make a difference by talking about his disease. He’s not afraid to get up in front of a group of people and tell his story. Getting people involved is about perseverance and telling stories. You have to make a personal connection.
The only way we’re going to find a cure is to raise as much money as possible. I know there are a lot of other people out there working just as hard as we are, and we have to say thank you to them. I’m always amazed at how hopeful other CF parents are. They really inspire us to keep going and to never give up.
We want people to know that this just isn’t about Sean. This is about every individual with CF. Our job’s not done until we find a cure for every mutation. We hope other parents and other supporters of the Foundation feel that way, too.


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Folds of Honor

About the Foundation

FoldsofHonorThe Folds of Honor Foundation is rallying a nation to ensure no family is left behind in the fight to preserve American freedom. Through scholarships and other assistance, we give back to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country. We provide healing, hope and an opportunity for dreams to be realized…with the support of people like you. We feel this is our duty as citizens of the greatest country in the world.

Our Calling

Over 700,000 soldiers have been killed or disabled in the military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan–Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. These service members’ families exceed the national average of 2.5 dependents per household. Over 1.4 million dependents have been adversely affected by multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. More than 87% of the dependents affected by the recent wars do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance. While the federal government provides some support for these families, it cannot succeed alone without proactive civilian organizations to assist.

The need is great, and, to paraphrase the words of Patrick Henry, their battle is ours. As Americans, we feel a collective duty to honor those who have sacrificed by serving the families they leave behind.

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Friends of the Shelter Dogs

Friends of the Shelter DogsWe are a 501c3 organization that provides assistance to the Athens County Shelter Dogs by providing veterinary support for sick and injured dogs, spaying and neutering of shelter dogs, rescue operations and promotion of the Athens County Dog Shelter. All this is done in order to save lives of adoptable dogs.

HELP us help THEM – Our organization has been credited by our county commissioners with having a tremendous impact on the decrease of euthanasia at the shelter. It takes a tremendous amount of time to help the dogs as well as funding to pay expenses that goes directly to helping the dogs. We need our community’s support to help keep providing assistance to the shelter dogs. Please do your part in helping us save these precious animals.

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Greater Athens Soccer Association

GreaterAthensSoccerThe Greater Athens Soccer Association is a non-profit (501(c)3) volunteer-driven organization devoted to promoting and supporting soccer education and opportunities for youth participants in the Athens, OH, area. Among GASA’s many activities are running a spring league for 13- to 15-year-olds, running a U8 team, helping maintain local soccer fields, and raising funds to purchase equipment for local scholastic soccer programs. Your donation plays a crucial role in our ongoing effort to promote youth soccer education and opportunities in our area!

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Kyle Terrian Memorial Fund

Kyle TerrianAt the age of 21 Kyle passed from this earth after a long battle with cancer. Kyle strongly believed in education and made many returns to Ohio University as he battled cancer. The Kyle Terrian Fund would like to give a scholarship once a year to a student that resembles the qualities that Kyle possessed and promoted. The fund would also like to give a donation to a charity once a year that relates to cancer solutions, children’s hospital, or benefits to families that need assistance.

The Kyle Terrian Memorial Fund was created in Kyle’s memory. The goal of the fund is to provide academic scholarships and donations to various charities. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.

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James Ball Scholarship

College of Health SciencesJoin us to support the James Ball Scholarship Fund in the College of Health Sciences & Professions. James Ball passed away in November 2008 after graduating from Ohio University. He was employed by AmeriCorp, serving with the Athens City-County Health Department. James enjoyed serving the people of Appalachia and Southeast Ohio. A 2003 graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School, James was an avid football fan, cheering for the Ohio U. Bobcats, the Cincinnati Bengals, Ohio State and the Falls High Black Tigers.

The scholarship established in his memory honors service to others and is awarded to students in the CHSP who show interest in AmeriCorp or ComCorp programing or who intern with the Athens City-County Health Department.


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Lymphoma and Leukemia Society – Ohio University Women’s Club Soccer

leukemia-lymphoma-societyThe Ohio Women’s Club Soccer Team is proudly representing and supporting the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society this year in Race For a Reason. A few players on the soccer team have personally supported their parents through their battle against Lymphoma. Knowing first hand how hard this struggle can be, our team has decided to participate in Race For a Reason in hopes of helping others in their battle through our fundraising and support.


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MUPeloton – End Cancer

MUPelotonThank you very much for joining our cause, MUPeloton! We are associated with the overhead organization, Pelotonia, a group based out of Columbus, Ohio, whose one goal is simple: End Cancer. Taking ideas from similar groups across the country, Pelotonia was founded six years ago when a small group of cyclists came together with the united goal of making a difference in the fight against cancer.

Now in its sixth year, Pelotonia has become one of the largest cycling charity events in the country, having raised nearly $70 million in five years. By joining our team, you are helping Miami University to reach out to its community in an effort to impact the cancer research in this country and like Pelotonia, we ride with the same goal in mind: End Cancer.

We have put school rivalries aside to try and make a difference! We are traveling from Oxford to Athens in late April in the name of Ending Cancer. For more on our team, please go to this link: https://www.mypelotonia.org/team_profile.jsp?MemberID=302493

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OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital – Healthy Moms and Babies

ohiohealthOhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital is a not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare system that includes the O’Bleness Hospital Birth Center and Athens Medical Associates (AMA) Obstetrics and Gynecology. 674 babies were delivered at the Birth Center in 2013. AMA Obstetrics and Gynecology cares for over 500 obstetrics patients annually.

Your financial contributions will help support the needs of mothers and babies through the OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Pediatrics/Birth Fund (car seats, diapers, swaddling blankets, etc.). Thank you so much!

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OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital SeniorBEAT

ohiohealthOhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital is a not-for-profit, charitable, hospital that has served the Southeast Ohio Community since 1921. The OhioHealth O’Bleness mission is to improve the health of those we serve. Our cardinal value is to honor the dignity and worth of each person. The OhioHealth O’Bleness SeniorBEAT (Be Educated and Active Together) program is an energetic group of more than 600 members. A SeniorBEAT Advisory Board develops and plans programs for SeniorBEAT members. Anyone age 60 and older can become a member of SeniorBEAT, a free program sponsored by OhioHealth O’Bleness as a service to the community.

Your financial contribution will help support free health and wellness activities for adults 60+ through the OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital SenioBEAT Fund. Thank you so much for your generosity!

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OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Patient Assistance Fund

ohiohealthOhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital is a not-for-profit, charitable, hospital that has served the Southeast Ohio Community since 1921. The OhioHealth O’Bleness mission is to improve the health of those we serve. Our cardinal value is to honor the dignity and worth of each person.

Your financial contribution will help support an OhioHealth O’Bleness Fund established to provide support for OhioHealth O’Bleness patients by addressing their greatest need, as determined by hospital social workers. Thank you for your generosity!

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Ohio University Acacia Fraternity – Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research

AcaciaFraternityThis year will mark the 6th annual 5cacia 5K race presented by Acacia Fraternity. It raises money for pancreatic cancer research through the Lustgarten Foundation. An estimated 44,030 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year in the U.S., and over 37,660 will die from the disease (American Cancer Society). Our fraternity chose to support this cause after the passing of Alumni Brother Justin Baldinger’s grandmother. Since then, we have raised over $100,000 and are easily the largest funding philanthropy in Greek Life.

Last year we raised over $13,000. The only way we can surpass that threshold this year is with the support from friends and family. This year, the 5k is after Race for a Reason but all of the money we raise will be donated to the Lustgarten Foundation in support of pancreatic cancer research.

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Alpha Delta Pi – Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio

alphadeltapiAn atmosphere of love is as vital to the healing of sick children as their treatment and care. Unfortunately, many families cannot afford to stay with their children during the height of need because of financial strain. Since 1974, Ronald McDonald House Charities have provided a comforting home for families so they can be with their children during hospitalization without worry.

Alpha Delta Pi at Ohio University supports the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio by making monthly volunteering visits, collecting pop tabs, and by raising over $15,000 each year. We’ve developed such a close relationship with the Ronald McDonald House over the yRonaldMcDonaldHouseears that we even have an Alpha Delta Pi room at the RMH in Columbus that features lions, diamonds, and our motto “We Live For Each Other.” Many of our sisters have been personally affected by the Ronald McDonald House, making the cause even more dear to our hearts.

The women of Alpha Delta Pi, both at Ohio University and across the nation, have made it our mission to support the Ronald McDonald House as much as we can. Race for a Reason gives us another opportunity to do so; any donations you can provide to help these families is so very appreciated by our chapter, but, more importantly, by those who benefit from your kindness.

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Ohio University Alpha Epsilon Pi – Save a Child’s Heart Foundation

alphaepsilonpiThe men of Alpha Epsilon Pi believe that every child, regardless of nationality, gender, socioeconomic status, or religion, deserves the best medical care possible. Along with this, our chapter believes that developing countries should have the medical resources necessary to combat all medical issues plaguing their inhabitants. That is why we support the Save a Child’s Heart Foundation.

Save a Child’s Heart is an Israeli based company that aligns its mission with these ideals and we, as a brotherhood, strive to do our part to support it. Any financial contributions you provide will go toward helping those children most desperately in need around the world. Thank you so much for the consideration.

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Alpha Gamma Delta – Diabetes Awareness & Education

AlphaGammaDelta.aspxOur sorority’s chosen philanthropic focus is diabetes awareness and education. The Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation awards annual grants to organizations and individuals for research, care and treatment of patients, and education about the disease. Diabetes continues to affect our nation at an astounding rate and our members are dedicated to promoting this worthy cause. Please join us in our race to end diabetes!

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Alpha Omicron Pi- The Arthritis Foundation

AlphaOmicronPiIf there is one thing the ladies of Alpha Omicron Pi love, it is being philanthropic! Each year we raise upwards of $7,500 towards our national philanthropy, The Arthritis Foundation. We put on many different events throughout the year that raise money, including our signature dodgeball tournament which is held in the Spring Semester. We also give back to the community by hosting a Greek Trick-or-Treat event for all of the children in the community for Halloween. Charity is a main focus of our chapter and our philanthropy is very dear to our hearts because so many of our members are affected by arthritis. Not only are we giving to The Arthritis Foundation, but we are also supporting our sisters that mean so much to us.

We are very excited to have this opportunity to be a part of Race For A Reason 2014! Arthritis is one of the most prevalent chronic health problems and the nation’s leading cause of disability among Americans over age 15. Sadly, more than 46 million people in the United States are living with Arthritis. With your help, we can move toward better treatments and ease the pain of millions of Americans.

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Ohio University Alpha Xi Delta – Autism Speaks

AlphaXiDeltaAutism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in 1 in 88 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The prevalence of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.

There is no known cure for autism, and in the 5 minutes it may take you to read this, another child will be diagnosed with this terrible disorder. For more than 102 years the Pi Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta has focused on bettering the lives of children through our philanthropic endeavors, and now—with our partnership with Autism Speaks—we are concentrating on raising money to fund research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

We are excited to be a part of Race for a Reason 2014!

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Ohio University Athletes in Action

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Ohio University Bobcatalina Club Synchronized Swimming

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Bobcatalina: Club Synchronized Swim Team offers both competitive and non-competitive opportunities to student and community members. This year, we became a club sport! We are traveling around the country to compete against varsity level teams. In order for our organization to be able to participate, our members must fundraise in order to be able to afford pool time, travel expenses, competition fees.

We are very excited to be a part of the O’Bleness Health System Race for a Reason this year, but we must ask for your help. Since we are a student run organization, we operate solely on member payments, fundraisers, and donations. You can donate at any level you feel comfortable – suggested levels are to the right. Thank you so much for your support!

In addition, our team is going to donate 25% of our proceeds to the “Raygen Strong” fund. Raygen Kramer is an adorable, little girl who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. She has a cancerous tumor on her adrenal gland above her right kidney. She also has a spot on each lung and a lymph node between her right lung and heart is enlarged. If that isn’t enough, she has cancer in her bones. She is a courageous little fighter who loves batman and our team would be honored to fundraise in support of her fight against cancer. Click Here to find out more about Raygen.

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Ohio University Chi Omega

XOThe Tau Alpha Chi Omega chapter was founded in 1895 and is the largest Greek organization on Ohio University’s campus. We have been dedicated to giving back to our local Athens community, and Make A Wish foundation, through various service initiatives throughout our local history.

This year, we are so excited to join Race for a Reason and make a true impact on the world through Make A Wish. All of your financial help is going toward granting wishes for children in dire need of positivity in their lives; please help bring a smile to their faces. We thank you, in advance, for your support!

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Ohio University Club Golf Team

GolfAs a new club sport, our team receives no funds from the university. Race for a Reason is providing us with a great opportunity to help fund our organization while giving money back to causes with which we have strong connections. Our biggest goal is to continue to compete on a national scale and to have an impact on our surrounding community through the game of golf.

That is why 25% of all donations we receive will benefit a charitable cause; each team member has selected a cause for which he has a passion. Any donation amount is accepted and we deeply appreciate your efforts to help the team and community we have worked so hard to build.

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Ohio University Club Fastpitch

OU FastpitchWe are a fastpitch softball team full of free spirited girls that wake up everyday trying to make a difference (as corny as that sounds…we really do). We are constantly participating in community service, putting on clinics to help the youth of Athens learn the game of softball, we are all involved in some type of Christian based church, and we are all hard working individuals on the field and in the classroom!

Through Race for a Reason, we will be raising funds for our team, but we will donate half of what we make back to the Christian Ministries in Athens. We pride ourselves on being a team that puts God first!

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Ohio University Club Track and Field

trackMany clubs at Ohio University rely on tryouts for positions on the team. Most offer limited playing time as well. What’s special about OUTF is that we are able to give any athlete inspiring to compete, the opportunity to do so in a collegiate atmosphere–no matter what the skill level. Since we are a first year club sport, we get little to no funding from the University. Thus, we are operate solely on our own financial contribution.

Any type of donation you can give would be extremely beneficial to the team and most appreciated. Your generosity will help make the athletic dreams of numerous college students come true. Thank you!

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Ohio University Club Volleyball

Club VolleyballWe are a student run sports organization at Ohio University. We attend and hold tournaments about 3-4 times a semester and at least one ranking tournament to qualify for nationals. We are very competitive as we won a national title last year and are practicing very hard to return to nationals this year and defend our title.

Our organization is run by 5 elected officers of our own players. We are also very involved in community service, holding one of the top spots in all of the club sports on campus for service, of which we are extremely proud. We give back to the Athens community, as we want to do our part both here on campus and in the surrounding area.

We are raising money to return to nationals this year and retain our title. Any contribution you can make to help this dream become a reality would be so appreciated!

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Ohio University Dance Team

Dance TeamThe Ohio University Dance Team is an independent group of students who practice up to 15 hours/week to provide entertainment and boost school spirit for both football and basketball seasons. The dance team is self-funded and relies on fundraising efforts and donations to maintain uniforms, routines and practice space. Thank you for your support!

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Ohio University Delta Gamma

DeltaGammaProtecting the gift of sight is one of Delta Gamma’s highest priorities. Our chapter is striving to add to our nationally recognized foundation and improve the lives of those who are blind and visually impaired.

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Ohio University Delta Upsilon

deltaupsilonThe Delta Upsilon fraternity was founded on the principle of building better men. It is with this focus, and the ideal of self-betterment, that pushes us to succeed in our brotherhood, the classroom, and our surrounding community. We are trying to fulfill this fraternal expectation through our service to the University and county communities. As a local organization, we have a commitment to our locals to lend a helping hand when called upon and to help the community grow as a whole. The brothers of Delta Upsilon, Ohio Chapter are proud to say that we will be supporting Good Works Inc. in the 2014 Race for Reason.
Good Works Inc. is a local, non-profit organization which helps those who are struggling within the Athens area. It is the goal of our chapter to raise one thousand dollars to support Good Works Inc. in their mission to better the community. It is only with your help that we can reach this noble goal.

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Ohio University Delta Zeta – Speech & Hearing / The Painted Turtle Camp

DeltaZetaPlease help the women of Delta Zeta, Omicron Gamma, as we participate in the Race for a Reason 2014! This event aims to raise funds for a variety of different organizations and causes through generous donations. Please join us as we raise money for Delta Zeta’s national philanthropies: speech and hearing and The Painted Turtle Camp.

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Ohio University FIJI says USO is the way to GO

FIJIFreedom is one of the greatest feelings in the world and protecting our freedom can come at a cost. Our troops risk their lives every day to make sure the people of this country are safe and can continue their freedom. Phi Gamma Delta has partnered up with the USO to help give thanks to those troops overseas. We want to show our troops that we are so thankful by sending them care packages with items that will make them feel more at home.

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Ohio University Gymnastics

GymnasticsThe Ohio University Gymnastics Team is excited to be a part of Race for a Reason 2014! We are a non-profit organization for which the majority of the funds needed to operate are self-raised. The entire school year is spent saving up the necessary funds to pay our own way to compete at Nationals. We are thankful for this opportunity and want to use it to help others as well. 25% of everything we raise will go back to Ronald McDonald House to help families in need. Thank you for your consideration!

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Ohio University Habitat for Humanity

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The Ohio University Student Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is a small part of a large organization: Habitat for Humanity International. As a representative of Habitat for Humanity, the chapter shares the goal of eliminating substandard housing. As part of Ohio University, the chapter works to bring students together to contribute to a better community through volunteer service.

Our organization is working very hard this year to fundraise $6,000 to sponsor a build for the fall of 2014! With your help and generosity we can make this mission happen and make a difference in our community!

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Ohio University Lambda Chi Alpha – Feeding America

Lambda Chi Alpha2.82 billion. That is the number of Meals that Feeding America provided to 27 million people in the United States last year. Lambda Chi Alpha announced its partnership with the organization during its Leadership Conference in the summer of 2013. We are excited to do our part to service this fantastic cause through Race for a Reason 2014!

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Ohio University Men’s Club Soccer

Club SoccerOur whole team will be running in this year’s Race for a Reason two reasons.

Firstly, we are striving to raise funds for our 2014-2015 season. We want to make it the best season ever, on and off the field To do this, we must be able to finance our uniforms, equipment, referees, travel, and competition expenses. Any and all help is appreciated!

The second reason we are running is to support DiaBeetle (diabeetle.com), a campaign that is raising money for underprivileged families with children suffering from Type-1 Diabetes in developing countries. A significant percentage (20%) of all the funds we raise will go to DiaBeetle.

Thank you for your support!

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Ohio University Men’s Club Volleyball

VolleyballCalling all family, friends, and Bobcats past and present! The Ohio Men’s Club Volleyball team is embarking on a fundraising mission to update our equipment (such as new balls, carts, jerseys, etc.) and to help fund our travel to further tournament destinations.

Above all, we are fundraising to reach the NCVF National Tournament, an endeavor that is becoming more expensive every year. We ask for your support in helping us play the sport we love. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity!

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Ohio University Phi Chi Theta Professional Business Fraternity for Testicular Cancer Research

Phi Chi ThetaPhi Chi Theta is so excited to be a part of Race for a Reason 2014! Phi Chi Theta is a professional business fraternity that strives to provide members an opportunity to develop and practice the dynamic leadership skills necessary to succeed in the business community.

We are raising money to fund both professional development initiatives for our members and Testicular Cancer research. Through this collaboration, we hope to expand the horizons of our membership while helping to fight one of the leading causes of death among adult males.

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Ohio University Phi Delta Theta – Lou Gehrig’s Disease Research

Phi Delta ThetaThe gentlemen of Phi Delta Theta at Ohio University are raising money for ALS research. ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a disease that affects the motor neurons in your brain and spinal cord. The motor neurons eventually shut down all the muscles in the body and nerves in the brain and spine, tragically leading to the death of patients who are diagnosed with it. The men of Phi Delta Theta will be participating in Race for a Reason to raise awareness for ALS and raise money for research. With your help, by donating to our organization, you will be helping us in the fight against ALS and the search for a cure. Any amount donated will be helpful to us and put us closer to our collection goal.

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Ohio University Pi Kapps for Push America

PiKappsRaising money for Push America is vital to Pi Kappa Phi. Push represents who we are and what we stand for; giving aid to those less fortunate is a staple in our fraternity’s character. Life is defined by the things in which someone sees value and worth. These things are kept sacred and effort is put forth by the men of our fraternity to ensure they are present during the entirety of life. Changing the lives of individuals with disabilities is something by which we Pi Kapps are defined, and it is the reason why service means so much to us. Removing the stigma behind Greek life is something we persevere towards, but the methods of how we change that stigma are what we truly value. The desire to do what is right and just for those less fortunate allows us to combat the stereotype we work so hard to subdue.

It is imperative to explain how we represent Pi Kappa Phi and define our organization’s character. Any donation given will be going toward a righteous cause. Giving is not always an easiest thing to do, but knowing details of why money is being requested, and where it is going, will hopefully bring comfort to any wary donors. We thank you, as a whole, for taking the time to read this, and for any contribution you give to help promote our worthy cause.

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Ohio University Physical Therapy Scholarship for Class of 2016

physicaltherapyThe Ohio University Physical Therapy Program would like to raise money to support the education of one exemplary student currently in their first year of the program.

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Ohio University Red Cross Club

RedCrossClubThe Ohio University Red Cross Club is very excited to be a part of Race for a Reason 2014! We are raising our funds in order to support our local Red Cross Chapter House; due to water damage this winter, the Chapter House is in need of a new roof and interior repairs. Since our organization is volunteer based, they are lacking the funds to fix it. The Chapter House is responsible for charity, fundraising, blood services, and disaster response and relief for the local Athens community. It is crucial that we restore the Chapter House so the volunteers may continue their work in saving lives safely and happily. Thank you so much your your consideration!

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Ohio University – Relay for Life

RelayLogoColor2004.docLET’S MAKE THIS CANCER’S LAST CENTURY!

Relay For Life is dedicated to finding a cure for cancer through a fun events in which everyone can be a participate. Our 18 hour walk/run held in the Spring is open to anyone who wants to participate and help find a cure for cancer. We could not be happier to be partnering with Race for a Reason to help make a difference! Our organization is a great way to meet people who you instantly have a bond with. You will make some of the best friends you’ll ever have in your life because you’re both working towards the same goal; killing cancer.

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Ohio University Rugby Club Football

OhioURugbyThe Ohio University Men’s Rugby Football Club is excited to be apart of Race for a Reason 2014. We are a non-profit club sport where the majority of our funds come from the participants. Our team is very grateful for this opportunity! The money raised will go to supporting our club. Thank you for your consideration.

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Ohio University Sigma Phi Epsilon

SigmaPhiEpsilonThe Ohio Xi Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon was founded in 1967. Our fraternity embraces a unique style of brotherhood, known as the Balanced Man Program, that progresses each brother through our ritual in an effort to make us well-rounded individuals. Our daily decisions are made with a focus on Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love; these are our Cardinal Principles.

It is with this love in our hearts that we join Race for a Reason 2014. The donations we strive to accrue will benefit the Brain Trauma Foundation in honor of our fallen brother, David Spyke. David was the epitome of what it means to be a Balanced Man and he was taken from us far too early. It is for David that we strive to make a difference and to ensure this type of tragedy does not touch the hearts of others like it has ours.

We, the men of Sigma Phi Epsilon, humbly ask for your support for the Brain Trauma Foundation in memory of David. Thank you.

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Ohio University Sports Business Association

SportsBusinessPlease assist us as we look to race and raise funds for the Bradley Allen Moorehead scholarship. This scholarship is in honor of Bradley Allen Moorehead, a former Ohio University student who sadly passed away too early. It is awarded to an outstanding Sports Management student on an annual basis. Any donations you are able to give will be so very appreciated!

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Ohio University Student Personnel Association

StudentPersonnelOhio University’s Student Personnel Association (SPA) is dedicated to providing support and professional development for any Ohio University students interested in student affairs and/or higher education. Race for a Reason provides us a great opportunity to not only raise money for our organization, but also give back to the Ohio University community. SPA hopes to use these funds to bring guest speakers and other professional development opportunities to campus. As student affairs professionals we also see this as an opportunity to give back. 25% of our proceeds will go to PrOUd Parents. PrOUd Parents is a newly formed organization designed to support Ohio University’s student parents. We hope Race for a Reason provides us the funds so we can continue to provide valuable and meaningful experiences to the entire OU community.

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Ohio University Student Social Work Association

Social WorkOhio University’s Student Social Work Association will be feeding 50 Ohio families full Thanksgiving dinners this coming November…and we need your help! All contributions go toward providing struggling Ohioans with Thanksgiving meals. Your donation makes a difference.

 

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Ohio University Synchronized Skating Team

skatingAs a team we are all very excited to participate in Race For a Reason this year! We are always looking for fun ways to help raise money for our team. Registration and travel expenses for our competitions are very costly. Although OU club sports help us out, there is still quite a bit of out-of-pocket-expense from our members to cover the cost of all that we do. Any chance to reduce that cost for our members is something that we are always on the look out for, and Race for a Reason has really caught our attention! We look forward to participating in a fun event for a good cause!

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Ohio University Theta Chi Fraternity – Wounded Warrior Project

ThetaChiThe gentlemen of Theta Chi Fraternity proudly race for our veterans and the Wounded Warrior Project. Your donations serve those who have paid a heavy price in serving us. Please help us support them.

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Ohio University Waterski & Wakeboard Team

waterskiOver the past year, our team has seen unprecedented growth. By gaining access to a private ski lake and coaching close to campus, our team will now be able to consistently train in preparation for our tournaments each fall. Our team goal is to qualify for nationals within the next two years, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished for 10+ years. With your support, we will be able to cover our training expenses, improve our skiing/riding, and reach our goals!


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Ohio University Western Equestrian Team

OUWesternThe Ohio University Western Equestrian Team is excited to be participating in Race for a Reason this year! We are determined to raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and need your help. With contributions from donors like you, we can raise money for our club as well as fight to end cancer. 25% of what we raise will go straight to the Children’s Miracle Network. It will help fund children’s hospitals, medical research, and community awareness of children’s health issues. Please donate today!


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Ohio University Women’s Club

OUWCInitially founded in 1936, the Ohio University Women’s Club provides a unique support system to our members of all ages, sharing our passion for, and support of, the Ohio University and Athens Communities.

This is the third year that the OUWC will be raising funds for a local group. In year 1, we contributed both funds and food to the Athens County Food Pantry and last year, we were able to make a financial contribution to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Athens County. This year we will be raising money for My Sister’s Place.

My Sister’s Place (MSP) recognizes that the domestic violence movement was initiated by women who were abused and remains grounded in this history. Women and children remain vulnerable to violence because of their unequal social, economic, and political status in society.

Domestic Violence is an oppressive and dangerous use of power and control, experienced in both intimate and family relationships. This pervasive problem gives rise to violence in not only our families but also our schools, communicates and society. MSP asserts that batterer’s are responsible for their abusive behavior and that communities have an obligation to hold batterers accountable. Community safety is contingent upon a zero-tolerance standard MSP believes that all persons have a right to a violence-free life. MSP is committed to advocating for those policies and practices that promote safety and self-determination for persons who are battered and/or abused. Recognizing the link between domestic violence and other forms of oppression, MSP remains committed to collectively working toward equality and justice.

To see more visit: http://www.mspathens.org


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Ohio University Women’s Crew Team

crewThe Ohio University Women’s Crew team is excited to be a part of Race for A Reason 2014! The Ohio University Women’s Crew team is an independent, student run organization. The team is comprised of twenty-six extremely dedicated women. Throughout the school year, team members wake up before sunrise to practice a sport we love; rowing. Every single woman on this team is dedicated to improving themselves not only as rowers, but as students as well. As members of the Ohio University Women’s Crew team, we dedicate our time to training, community service, and fundraising events.

The cost of maintaining equipment and managing the Ohio University Women’s Crew team is quite expensive. As a club sport, we receive little institutional funding and must depend on individual dues and fundraising events to remain operational. We are raising money to help alleviate the costs of travel fees, race fees, equipment maintenance, and a boathouse. Our club also strives to give back to the Athens Community; we are donating 25% of everything we raise to the Athens County Animal Shelter! We appreciate any and all support you can provide us.


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Ohio University Women’s Rugby

Women's RugbyThe Ohio University Women’s Rugby Football Club is excited to be apart of Race for a Reason 2014. We are a non-profit club sport where the majority of our funds come from the participants. OUWRFC is grateful for the opportunity to participate in Race for a Reason. The money raised will go to supporting and helping further the success of our club. Thank you for your support!


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Ohio University Women’s Ultimate Frisbee

redcrossOhio University Women’s Ultimate Frisbee is an up and coming club sports team in Athens. We are a fun, competitive group of women who is rising in the local Ultimate ranks. We hope to strengthen the local Ultimate community through our participation in tournaments throughout the surrounding states. Since we are a club sport, we fund most of our own endeavors. In order to stay competitive, we constantly seek ways to fundraise for our club so we can travel to the best local tournaments. We appreciate any and all support you can provide us.

Our club also strives to give back to our community. Since it is more difficult for women to donate blood regularly, specifically women from our team due to iron deficiencies, we have decided to donate 25% of the money we raise to the American Red Cross so we can still do our part. Help us make a difference!

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Pregnancy Resource Center of Athens County

ThPRC Logo ThumbNaile Pregnancy Resource Center provides compassionate & confidential client care to the Athens County Community and the surrounding areas. The PRC itself is dedicated to strengthening women and families by serving those with pregnancy-related concerns and by promoting sexual integrity. We are committed to providing both women and men with accurate, up-to-date information.

The PRC on Court Street offers free pregnancy tests, limited obstetrical ultrasound, prenatal and parenting education, material resources such as maternity clothes, diapers and infant clothing, referrals for adoption and general community resources, sessions on fertility awareness, and post-abortive support. All services are Free of charge. The PRC respects your right to privacy, thus all communication is kept confidential to the extent of the law.

The PRC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, fully-supported by charitable contributions, and has offered Free services for 11 years. To learn more about the times and services offered at the Pregnancy Resource Center, email the PRC at athensprc@yahoo.com or call 740.592-4700.

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Race for Live Healthy Appalachia

livehealthyLive Healthy Appalachia’s mission is to improve health and wellness in Appalachian Ohio by promoting healthy lifestyles. We host a number of programs and volunteer led activities to make our region a healthier place to live, learn, work, and play. Please visit us online at http://www.livehealthyappalachia.org to learn more about our programs including Live Healthy Kids, the Complete Health Improvement Program, the Appalachian Health Summit, and more! Your donations to Live Healthy Appalachia stay in Athens County and Southeast Ohio!

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Relay For Life – Athens County

RelayLogoColor2004.docRelay began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Since then, Relay has grown from a single man’s passion to fight cancer into the world’s largest movement to end the disease. Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 19 other countries, gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. Thanks to Relay participants, we are creating a world with more birthdays a world where cancer can’t claim another year of anyone’s life.

Anyone can participate in Relay For Life. Friends, families, neighbors, classmates, sports teams, etc., can form their own teams. No matter who you are, there’s a place for you at Relay.

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Relay For Life – Bankers for a Cure

My team, Bankers for a Cure, is again participating in Athens County’s Relay for Life. Like last year, I will be participating in Race for a Reason and running a 5k on April 26, 2014 to assist in my team’s fundraising effort. Why do I “race for a reason” and why do I “relay”? I’ve lost two very dear friends to lung cancer – women in their early-40s, non-smokers, and raising young families just like mine; I’ve lost family members to cancer. Relatives that were loved by many that I should still be celebrating family births, weddings, and holidays with; I revel in my grandmother who is a breast cancer survivor and rejoice in the progress that’s been made in the fight against cancer. But there is still much work to do. Won’t you join me in creating a world with more birthdays by sponsoring me in Race for a Reason today? Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.

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Relay for Life – Team Believe

Athens Messenger logoThe Athens Messenger is raising funds for the Athens County Relay for Life team — Team Believe. The team is captained by Messenger circulation clerk Kathy Essman, who is currently fighting her own battle with breast cancer.

Odds are you or someone you know have been directly impacted by this dreaded disease. Help us raise funds to support cancer research. With your help, we can make a difference!

The Athens County Relay for Life will be held June 21-22 at Alexander High School in Albany. The annual event is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

The Athens Messenger is a multi-media news organization and commercial printing facility that serves Athens County, Ohio and parts of the surrounding seven counties in southeastern Ohio.

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Stella Maris – In Loving Memory of Jim Walsh

JimWalshJim Walsh was a loving father, husband, brother, son, cousin, uncle, and friend to all. He was an avid golfer, cigar smoker and enjoyed playing a game of Craps. Most importantly, Jim was an incredibly generous and caring individual. He was always willing to help any and every person in need. Stella Maris was an organization very close to Jim’s heart. Having been an alcoholic himself, Jim knew how hard the battle of addiction could be. He was able to completely change his own life around, raising six children by himself after the passing of his beloved wife Helen. Seeing how Jim was able to change his own life around by choosing to get sober, he wanted to help others do so as well. Jim dedicated much of his free time to help relatives, friends, and even strangers get clean and sober, always sending them to Stella Maris. Please help us continue Jim Walsh’s legacy by donating to Stella Maris.

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Walk FM

Walk FMWe want to inspire people to live passionately for Jesus Christ. By playing the right song at the right time. Walk Fm is here to partner with local church’s and local business to bring hope to our communities. We are 100% listener supported and every donation helps keep the Gospel on the air.

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Young Life – Ohio University/Athens County

Young LifeYoung Life is passionate about introducing disinterested adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith. Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with mentors who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically influenced when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them.

Funds that we raise through Race for a Reason will be used to send area teens for the best week of their lives at Young Life Camp!!

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