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Christopher’s Haven and the 5th Annual Cape Cod Bay Challenge: Funding Family Housing for Kids Receiving Proton Beam Therapy
BOSTON – August 21, - Christopher’s Haven, a home for kids when cancer hits home, has been named the beneficiary of funds to be raised by the Cape Cod Bay Challenge (CCBC) event for the fifth straight year.
Stand Up Paddlers will make the trek across the Cape Cod Bay on Saturday, August 25th, 2012, raising money to help fund Christopher’s Haven; apartments and supportive community for families with kids receiving proton beam therapy at Massachusetts General Hospital and other major hospitals in the Boston area.
The Stand Up Paddleboard event, crossing Cape Cod Bay (36 miles) from Plymouth to Wellfleet, will start at 4:00 a.m. from Plymouth and end in Wellfleet around 3:00 p.m.
The Cape Cod Bay Challenge will be filmed from a helicopter tracking the race that has grown from eight paddlers in 2008 to over one hundred participants this year. Continued…
Every Time the Red Sox Win, I’m Making a Donation to Christopher’s Haven (Thanks to Snoball)
But I’m still rooting for them. Always have, always will. Although I’ve never cheered for this baseball team in quite the same way as I have been lately.
That’s because I recently made a pledge on Snoball to donate one dollar to one of my favorite local nonprofit organizations, Christopher’s Haven, for every game the Red Sox win. That may not seem like a lot of money, but it could add up to a pretty nice donation if the Sox can rise to the occasion this season and others jump on the bandwagon with me.
Christopher’s Haven, which I ran the Boston Marathon for in 2010, is a nonprofit organization in Boston that provides housing for families who bring their child to Boston’s MassGeneral Hospital for Children for cancer treatment. Founded by Dan Olsen, a three-time cancer survivor, Christopher’s Haven bills itself as “a home for kids when cancer hits home.”
Snoball is a very cool (no pun intended) online platform that makes it possible to specify a condition for a charitable donation that is tied to the user’s interests, from sports statistics to social media events and more. Once the donation has been set up and scheduled, Snoball takes care of the rest, automatically triggering a gift that corresponds with an event, amount and time defined by the donor. In publicizing the donation, such as I’m doing here on my blog, users can take advantage of the potential viral effect, hence the name, Snoball.
So if you’re already on the bandwagon with me in cheering for the Boston Red Sox, you can join me in being a fan of a great charitable cause, too. To donate a dollar — or any amount you’d like — to Christopher’s Haven for every game the Red Sox win, please visit my donation page on Snoball and pledge now.
Stand Up Paddle – On Saturday, July 21st Christopher’s Haven’s heroes are on the Charles again with the 2012 Cape Cod Bay Challenge’s hosting Boston’s best SUP (Stand Up Paddle) race! A 4 mile sprint around the Charles River that combines fitness and SUP finesse.
This a spectacular family event for everyone starting at 11:00 a.m. with an open house in the Loft at Christopher’s Haven. This is followed by a walk across the bridge to Community Boating at 1:00 pm for an SUP demo and registration. Then at 2:00 pm, is the Kids race in the lagoon and at 3:00 pm the Main Event, the Start of the Race.
See more information on the Cape Cod Bay Challenge website. It’s sure to be a fun time, please plan to join us.
Salem News – A local couple who own SUP East Coast in Marblehead, MA will participate in the Cape Cod Bay Challenge benefiting Christopher’s Haven. Marblehead native Leah Beth Goodman and her fiance, Christos Douroudis, will paddle 34 miles in the Cape Cod Bay Challenge to help Christopher’s Haven.
“I have always been involved with charities”, said Goodman. “You give and you receive. Christopher’s Haven is such a good cause, and the marathon stand up paddle will be a lot of fun. We’ve formed a team with two of our customers, Rebekah and Matt Burr, and started training.”
Groton Patch -After most 5K races, the package does not usually include the chance to shower off, go out to a posh club and hang out with baseball and football stars. “It’s a fun way to help raise money,” said Tom Swim, who founded Grampy’s charities in 1987 with Jim Castle.
Robbie’s Run is a new fundraiser for Grampy’s, which has used charity golf tournaments, first at Mount Snow in Vermont, and then at Lake of Isles to get donations. This weekend saw some players pitching in as much as $10,000 to play a game alongside celebrity players. Last year, the event created a total of $155,000 worth of donations.
By: Chonel LaPorte
For Casey Patton, the most difficult struggle during her fight against a brain tumor was following her completion of chemotherapy. After being surrounded by a constant support system of doctors, nurses and her family for almost two years, Casey, then 18, was moving away from her Chicago suburb to attend college alone.
Most college freshmen have difficulties adjusting and making friends at first, but for Casey the loss of her close support system and her classmates’ lack of knowledge about her situation made college life confusing. Continued…
Dan Durkin and Eileen O’Flaherty will be running for Christopher’s Haven in the 2011 Boston Marathon.
Boston Business Journal – Daniel Olsen has had — and has beaten — beaten cancer three times. Each time he has gone through treatment, he has seen countless families with children going through exactly the same process as himself at Massachusetts General Hospital, but who have nowhere convenient to live. That’s why he started Christopher’s Haven in 2006.
Sudbury Town Crier – For the second time, Sudbury’s Dan Durkin will be running the BAA Boston Marathon to raise money for Christopher’s Haven. The non-profit provides housing for families who bring their children to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for cancer treatment.
MetroWest Daily News – The past year has been one of growth and optimism for Christopher’s Haven, a Wayland-based charity that provides a home away from home for families whose children are undergoing cancer treatment.
Keene Sentinel – Please let me introduce you to my young friend Spencer, a very brave 3-year-old boy who lives with his mom and dad in Jaffrey. Read about Spencer, in the Keene Sentinel article by Lydia Lamson.
BostonSF – FHO Partners today announced that Partner Mike Brown has received the Kennis Nix Inspiration Award from Christopher’s Haven.
MGH – The brotherhood within the Town of Dennis Fire Squad is profound. Within days of his diagnosis, Dan’s firefighting crew provided a list of volunteers to drive, cook, and help out. The teams helped getting him to each and every single treatment session without fail, ensured proper nutrition because Dan does not cook, and made sure his lawn would not embarrass the neighbors.
Mona and Scott Sherwood had only a few days to arrange for their daughter to move to Boston from their home in Neenah, Wis., and start the physically taxing six-week treatment. Where to stay and how to afford it in a strange city notorious for expensive lodging was something they had no time to consider. Continued…
Check our photos, auction items, and videos from the 2010 Butterfly Bash. Victoria Reggie Kennedy, wife of the late US Senator Edward M. Kennedy, was our guest speaker. While Senator Kennedy was being treated by MassGeneral Hospital in Boston, Senator and Mrs. Kennedy met a number of families staying at Christopher’s Haven.
Wicked Local – Local Sudbury residents will join Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the wife of the late United States Senator Edward M. Kennedy, at the Christopher’s Haven Butterfly Bash event this Saturday, Nov. 20.
Release – Christopher’s Haven, a leading Boston-based non-profit, today marked a major milestone in its mission to help children battling cancer – announcing that it has accepted its 100th family. Christopher’s Haven provides supportive homes for families whose children are receiving proton radiation treatment at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.
Tonic – David Chokachi is most well-known for his role as Cody Madison trolling the shore for lives to save on Baywatch, but his genuine interest in beaches, the ocean and animal life has been the subplot of his real life.
Boston Globe – Next month, a band of hearty souls will launch craft that evoke oversized surfboards from the shore of Plymouth Harbor and pilot them into Cape Cod Bay, standing upright and paddling canoe-style.
Boston Herald – Competitors in the Charles River Paddleboard race churn their way through the Charles.
Tonic – One brain cancer survivor found his balance – and recovery – on a paddleboard and now is paddling 30 miles across Cape Cod Bay to raise money for cancer victims.
Boston Music Spotlight – Today, Red Sox slugger Kevin Youkilis will release, Music Hits Home, a compilation album of national and local New England artists.
MyFox Boston – In this apartment building in Boston, there are so many families with so many stories, This is Madalynne Kersting’s story.
Press Release – The new website is designed to enhance the experience and information provided to families, as well as to Christopher’s Havens volunteers, supporters and others seeking information about the organization.
With a very saddened heart I regret to inform you that our beloved friend Richard passed away on Tuesday – April 13, 2010.
The two lions who made an appearance at Christopher’s Haven in the West End Jan. 14 were more of the friendly than fierce variety. The lions, Cleo and Leona, are the stars of PBS’s Emmy-Award-winning children’s series “Between the Lions.”
The duo spent the afternoon entertaining MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) pediatric cancer patients and their siblings staying at Christopher’s Haven, a nonprofit organization that provides housing for MGHfC cancer patients and their families.
Thanks to generous support from friends and donors, the organization now fully occupies the entire second floor of the apartment building, having recently leased its seventh apartment.
The morning of November 21st found Sue George in the grand ballroom of Boston’s elegant Fairmont Copley hotel, busily arranging some lovely centerpieces of favors in the center of each of 30 linen-draped tables
We would like to share the story of Christian Meyer, one of the little boys with a brain tumor who received treatment at MGH before he died, and whose family received support from Christopher’s Haven.
Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis and his fiancé, Enza Sambataro, who founded Hits for Kids to help raise money for charities focused on the health and well-being of children, chose Christopher’s Haven as one of their top priorities.