|Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation|
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Founder, Jeff Gordon
Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Jeff Gordon has combined determination, hard work and decades of experience to achieve an unparalleled roster of victories. Three Daytona 500 wins, Four Brickyard 400 wins, along with numerous other victories and pole positions make Jeff a leader in the sport of racing.
Off the track, Jeff, his wife, Ingrid, daughter Ella and son Leo split their time between Manhattan and Charlotte, North Carolina. Thankful for his healthy child and his successful career, Jeff seeks to help children gain their own victories over pediatric cancer as well as supporting the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital in Concord, NC through the work of The Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation. Jeff began supporting organizations such as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society early in his career. The diagnosis of his crew chief’s (Ray Evernham) son in 1992 inspired Jeff to establish his foundation in hopes of helping children facing critical illness to realize their dreams. What had started as a small project driven by one special child has grown into an organization that has raised more than $11 million for children’s charities.
Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation
The mission of Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation is to support children battling cancer by funding programs that improve patients’ quality of life, treatment programs that increase survivorship and pediatric medical research dedicated to finding a cure. In addition the Foundation provides support to Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital in Concord, NC which serves children in the community by providing a high level of primary and specialty pediatric care.
Each child is special and deserves a healthy life that is full of possibilities. Our vision is there will be a day when no child will face the uncertainty of cancer, and that successful treatments will not result in negative, long-term effects.In addition, we envision that the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital will forever serve as a model to other communities who want to provide the highest level of care to all of their children, regardless of their ability to pay.
Current US Based Pediatric Cancer Research/Treatment Initiatives
• Established Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation Pediatric Cancer Research Fund in 2009 at Riley Hospital for Children – investment $1.5 million. Riley is making strides in developing treatments for Neuroblastoma (solid tumors) and brain tumors.
• Funded Long-Term Treatment Study being conducted by the Children’s Oncology Group/CureSearch. The study focuses on gathering data from cancer patients throughout their lifetime to better understand the lifetime effects of various treatments, and ultimately to improve protocol effectiveness as well as minimize negative side effects that often plague children for the rest of their lives. We continue to pursue other initiatives in partnership with CureSearch to further the fight against childhood cancer. (See Attached Summary of COG/CureSearch)
• Funded the Pediatric Cancer Research Portfolio for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for the last three years
• Fund the National Marrow Donor Program (Be The Match) focusing on donor recruitment, patient support and advocacy for both bone marrow and cord blood transplant
• Offer competitive grant program to support local and regional organizations working to improve the lives of children with cancer. Grants are offered up to $15,000
-Funding of the Caroline Pryce Walker Act which was passed in 2008 and promised $30 million/year for research. To date, no funds have been appropriated.
-Continuation of research funding at $10 million for FY 2011 under the Department of Defense budget
-Support for the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Act of 2009
-Commitment to join the Pediatric Cancer Caucus which was recently formed in the House of Representative
Kick-It For Childhood Cancer
ABOUT KICK-IT Kick-It was founded by a 10-year old cancer patient with a big dream - to cure cancer by playing kickball. Now a national fundraising program, Kick-It has raised $800,000 since 2009. There is one simple goal- to accelerate a cure for children with cancer. No parent should have to watch a child wait for a cure. By organizing a game, joining a team or making a donation, you are helping thousands of children fighting cancer in your hometown and across the country. Visit www.kick-it.org/jeffgordon to start your team today!
“WHY ARE YOU KICKING IT”
Kick-It is launching a national movement to kick cancer out of EVERY childhood. People will write a message to show support for children with cancer on a sign, take a photo and upload it to a Facebook community page. The campaign will feature people from all walks of life: from pediatric cancer patients to professional athletes. The goal is to have half a million photo messages by September 1st for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
WHO IS ALREADY KICKING IT?Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation and the NASCAR community;
NHL teams: Washington Capitals, Columbus Blue Jackets, St Louis Blues, Nashville Predators, Dallas Stars, Phoenix Coyotes;
National office home teams; Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers,
Lake Erie Monsters, Cleveland Browns;
Pediatric cancer patients: the 6500 children photographed annually by Flashes of Hope. A direct mail piece will also be sent to the 23,000 families photographed since 2001 and to 58 Children’s Hospital partners across the country.
TAKE FIVE MINUTES AND BECOME A PART OF THE MOVEMENT - "I'M KICKING-IT"Download and Print the PDF Write your own WHY (or) BECAUSE (or) WHO you are kicking it for
Take a photograph
Upload to Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation or Kick It Facebook Pages: www.facebook.com/jgchildrensfoundation or www.facebook.com/kickkidscancer
WHERE THE FUNDS GOFunds raised benefit children’s cancer research across the country. Kick-It utilizes national medical advisory boards to identify the most promising research studies and projects including the clinical research of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). The COG reaches more than 90% of the children with cancer in the United States.
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The Jeff Gordon Children’s
Since its inception, the foundation has relied on the generosity of our supporters to assist us in providing support to children battling cancer and patients at The Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital.
With your gift, you become an important contributor to our success and a special part of our foundation. We cannot be successful without you and we thank you in advance for your commitment to these special children.
Mail In Your Donation:
7575 West Winds Blvd NW Suite C
Concord, North Carolina 28078
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