Last year, the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon and its charity runners contributed over $100,000 to local, state and national nonprofit organizations. We believe in giving back to the community that has allowed us the opportunity to host this great event, and with your help we can beat last year’s record! We’ve teamed up with Crowdrise to utilize their free and easy online fundraising software. We invite nonprofit organizations to use this event to raise necessary funds for their organizations and we encourage individual runners to run for their favorite charity or donate to one of our charity partners listed below. If you are interested in raising money for charity as an individual or work for a nonprofit organization that is interested in becoming a 2014 Charity Partner, please contact Jenifer Butz for more information and the 2014 Charity Partner application. Crowdrise_logo_326x80-300x73 The Grand Rapids Marathon supports local charities with a strong community presence. Below is a list of organizations we are currently supporting. To make a donation, or join a charity fundraising team, click on their logo for more information.

charity_altinmo Alternatives in Motion

The mission of Alternatives in Motion is to provide quality used wheelchairs, and routine wheelchair repair services, to individuals and families demonstrating financial need.
We firmly believe mobility is the path to independence! Help us help others by joining the Alternatives in Motion team and raise money.

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charity_devos Helen DeVos Children’s HospitalHelen DeVos Children’s Hospital was created to fill a critical gap in West Michigan health care – the need for a hospital devoted solely and specifically to children. More than a decade later, they have become a tertiary referral center and an established leader dedicated to improving the health and lives of children and families. Behavioral Pediatrics Blood and Bone MarrowJoin the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Team…Donate Today!

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charity_metrohealth Metro Health Hospital FoundationThe Metro Health Hospital Foundation relies greatly on philanthropic support and provides opportunities for individual donors to make a difference. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, funding is available to prevent catastrophic illnesses, provide life-saving education, and improve the health and well-beingof the community.Join the Metro Health Hospital Foundation Team…Donate Today!

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YMCA of Greater Grand RapidsThe mission of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids is to put Christian principles into practice through programsthat build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

 

LLS-TNT-RGB Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Team in Training)The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society exists to help find a cure for blood cancers such as Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma and Hodgkins Disease and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.  Join the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team…Donate Today!

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Team World Vision  Team World Vision empowers people to experience radical life transformation through endurance races, community advocacy, and social giving for the sake of clean water in Africa.

 

 charity_vai Van Andel InstituteVan Andel Institute (VAI) is committed to improving the health and enhancing the lives of current and future generations through basic and translational biomedical research and science education.Join the Van Andel Institute Team…Donate Today!

 

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mTTWestMichLogo myTEAM TRIUMPH – West Michigan ChaptermyTEAM TRIUMPH is an athletic ride-along program created for children, teens, adults, and veterans with disabilities who would normally not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races.  Join the myTEAM TRIUMPH Team…Donate Today!

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Juvenile Diabetes Research FoundationJDRF if the leader of the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community – unifying global efforts to cure, treat, and prevent T1D. Through a transformative vision, breakthrough innovations, and effective operations, JDRF is working to remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JoinTeam JDRF…donate today!

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Kent County Girls On The Run

Organization Mission:

We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Vision We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. Our Core Values Girls on the Run honors its core values. We strive to:

  • Recognize our power and responsibility to be intentional in our decision making
  • Embrace our differences and find strength in our connectedness
  • Express joy, optimism and gratitude through our words, thoughts and actions
  • Nurture our physical, emotional and spiritual health
  • Lead with an open heart and assume positive intent
  • Stand up for ourselves and others

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SOMI-A11-Logo American Brain Tumor AssociationThe mission of the American Brain Tumor Association is to advance the understanding and treatment of brain tumors with the goals of improving, extending, and ultimately saving the lives of those impacted by a brain tumor diagnosis. We do this through interactions and engagements with brain tumor patients and their families, collaborations with allied groups and organizations, and the funding of brain tumor research.Join the American Brain Tumor Association…Donate Today!                     Crowdrise_2
 

Arthritis Foundation  The Arthritis Foundation’s mission is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.   

                     

HGI logo Heartside Gleaning Initiative  To empower the Heartside neighborhood and surrounding communities to become healthier through increased access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs by redirecting surplus produce to residents in need.
GILDA_logo_text_k Gilda’s Club Grand RapidsGilda’s Club Grand Rapids provides free emotional healthcare to children adults, families and friends on any kind of cancer journey or those grieving the death of someone in their life due to any cause. The comprehensive program, delivered by licensed healthcare professionals includes education, structured sharing times, networking, lectures, workshops and social activities. Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids is one of the largest and busiest of the 52 affiliates in North America. The organization runs entirely on charitable donations and currently serves more than 10,000 individuals each year at its clubhouses in Grand Rapids and Lowell, Mich., in various schools and in five community centers.