BENEFITING: RALLY FOUNDATION.ORG
I have been a runner for awhile but had stepped away from running regularly as I became interested in other types of exercise. Needless to say I was starting to miss "being a runner" so I began thinking about signing up for a race. Coincidentally a good friend mentioned running the Flying Pig Half Marathon as a fundraiser for the Rally Foundation. After talking to her and learning more about the charity in general, it seemed like the perfect fit. Raising money for a children's cancer charity that both supports research as well as sponsoring individual children would certainly make my racing and training that much more meaningful. Below are more details on how the Rally Foundation came to exist. I run for Will, my friend's cousin whose fight inspired the beginning of Rally. Thank you for taking the time to check out my fundraising page, and please consider a donation to this worthy cause. RALLY ON!
Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research was founded in 2005 in Atlanta, GA to raise awareness and funds to bridge the gap in childhood cancer research funding across the country.
It began with baseball and a talented pitcher...
A 7th grade travel baseball team was formed and the team had a very talented pitcher named William.
In the 8th grade to everyone’s shock, William was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He endured brain surgeries, radiation and many rounds of chemotherapy. After 18 grueling months of treatment, William went into remission with a good prognosis. Fast forward 18 months, and to everyone’s horror, William relapsed his junior year of high school.
A community came together...
With the news of William's relapse, the call went out to the community and a prayer circle was held in William’s front yard. More than 70 moms, dads, friends, neighbors and supporters came. From that prayer circle, a group of ladies decided to meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in William’s driveway at 9:30am to pray him through treatment.
One day, William almost died. Reid, who coached William on the 7th grade travel baseball team and his wife, Dean, who was part of the prayer circle, went to see William that evening. He was so sick, so weak and it was all so wrong.
Dean asked William’s mom, Nancy, “What can I do? And I will not make you dinner. This is so beyond dinner.” And Nancy said, “Raise money childhood cancer research and fund the best research wherever it may be.”
Rally was born on September 27, 2005. Fast forward 8 years...
Rally has given $4+ million in research grants, funding 70 cutting-edge projects and fellows across the country. According to audited financials, Rally operates at 92% efficiency and has received the Independent Charity Seal of Excellence and received the highest available ranking on GuideStar.