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Race Day Is Saturday April 7, 2018

CHARITY CONNECTIONS

Donate when you register!

On the registration form, the Bridge Run offers participants the opportunity to help raise money for 15 charities described in detail below.  It can be difficult choosing between such deserving charities.  In this economy, every dollar counts! You want to be sure your hard earned donations are going to the cause described, and not squandered.  The Bridge Run has done the research for you.  We’ve found, among many, 15 well deserving charities. Along with the larger non-profits, we’ve found smaller charities that have had less exposure but also need and deserve your help! Any amount can make a difference!

Giving back to our community is an important part of the Cooper River Bridge Run.  Each and every participant has an opportunity to run for something more and fundraise for one of our chosen charities.  Our partnership with everydayhero, a service of Charleston’s own Blackbaud, helps runners create their own fundraising page, tell their story and support one of these great causes.

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The Alzheimer's Association
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The Alzheimer’s Association is the nation’s largest voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.   Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all effected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
80,000 South Carolinians are currently living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia.  We are here to help those individuals and their families navigate the difficult decisions and uncertainties at every stage of the disease.  Please support the Alzheimer’s Association in our efforts to raise awareness, advance research and advocate for those affected.  To learn more or join the cause: alz.org/sc or 800-860-1444

American Diabetes Association
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Diabetes is a silent killer that has no cure.  It affects children and adults of all ages.  Diabetes can manifest life-threatening complications that can result in blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation, severe nerve damage and premature death.
Our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
We lead the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fight for those affected—by diabetes.

  • We fund research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes.
  • We deliver services to hundreds of communities.
  • We provide objective and credible information.
  • We give voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.

Your American Diabetes Association is the only organization supporting all people with diabetes: people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, children and adults. We help those who are for people with diabetes: parents, family, friends and employers. We are the only organization that also supports health care professionals who deliver the care and the scientists who search for the cure needed by people with diabetes.

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
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Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. It was founded in 1967 by Irwin M. and Suzanne > Rosenthal, William D. and Shelby Modell, and Henry D. Janowitz, M.D. Since our founding over four decades ago, CCFA has remained at the forefront of research in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Today, we fund cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions, nurture investigators at the early stages of their careers, and finance underdeveloped areas of research. In addition, our educational workshops and programs, along with our scientific journal, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, enable medical professionals to keep pace with this rapidly growing field. We are very proud that the National Institutes of Health has commended us for “uniting the research community and strengthening IBD research.”

Boeing Center for Children's Wellness
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The Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness, formerly known as the Lean Team, was created in 2010 and is aligned with the MUSC Children’s Hospital. Our mission is to reduce childhood obesity in South Carolina by incentivizing schools throughout the state to create healthier school environments. SC ranks the 8th fattest in adult obesity and the 3rd fattest in childhood obesity. Not a statistic we are proud of but through our innovative “Docs Adopt” School Health Initiative we are impacting the counties with the most significant health disparities. We created a unique School Wellness Checklist Tool© that guides schools to make improvements in nutrition and physical activity offered during and after school time. In addition, we developed “Doc’s Adopt”© a program that trains physicians and matches them with a school’s wellness committee. Each participating Doctor “adopts” a school and works with that school to improve the health of staff, students and the school environment. About 200 schools in South Carolina participate and our model is recommended in SC as the obesity prevention school-based model (www.SCaledown.org) and is being piloted in 10 schools in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Our model is currently implemented for free to qualifying school districts. Each qualifying school receives a Wellness Achievement Award of $1000 and one grand-prize winning school per district receives an extra $2000 for continuation of wellness initiatives. We are a 501c3 organization under the MUSC Children’s Hospital Foundation but funds must be directed to “Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness”. We depend on donations and grants to help schools in need and we appreciate any amount that bridge runners or their families and friends may be willing to contribute.

MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital
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MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital is the premier Children’s Hospital in the southeast.  We are the only Children’s Hospital in the State of South Carolina providing bone marrow transplants, heart surgery, burn center, and a pediatric emergency room that is open 24-7.  No child is ever turned away that is in need of care regardless of their ability to pay.  Every day at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, we meet brave children and their families who are in need of hope, answers and above all, care.  For us, meeting the needs of these children and families serves as the driving force behind every one of our missions-from critical care and laboratory research to medical education and children’s health advocacy.

Ronald McDonald House
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The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston is a 32 bedroom home where families stay while their children undergo extensive medical treatment. Here, parents and children lead a life as normal as possible during their traumatic times without the financial burden of costly hotel and travel expenses. Our home offers these families’ comfortable beds, hot meals, a caring staff, and a four-legged friend, Gardy, all just steps from the hospital.

The Ronald McDonald Family Room at MUSC provides a sanctuary within the walls of the hospital where family members can rest, read, shower or have a cup of coffee while still being only minutes away from their seriously ill child.

American Cancer Society
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For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well and get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.

Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy
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The primary mission of the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy is to provide pastoral care and counseling for employees and families of first responders, as well as the general public. We assist the Coroner in notifying individuals who have lost a family member in an unexpected manner, assist the Mobile Crisis Unit and SWAT teams in hostage negotiations and other local emergency situations; and to provide follow-up visitations in the home or in the hospital for victims of crimes and their families.

Pet Helpers
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Pet Helpers is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 Rescue and Adoption Center and low-cost Spay/Neuter & Veterinary Center that serves communities across the Lowcountry. Our mission is to end the euthanasia of all adoptable cats and dogs by keeping all animals until adopted; providing low cost spay/neuter surgeries; offering humane education programs; pursuing animal-cruelty prosecution; and initiating animal-welfare legislation.

Water Mission
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Water Mission  is a nonprofit Christian engineering organization providing sustainable safe water and sanitation solutions for people in developing countries and disaster areas. Safe water is the source of life. It is the foundation for health, education and viable economies. Through the generous support of individuals, churches, our corporate partners and many others, Water Mission l has brought relief and hope to more than 2.4 million people across the globe. Our faith and belief in the sanctity of life compel us to develop and implement the best technologies and community development programs so God will be honored and glorified through our work.

Special Olympics of SC
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The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

MUSC Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral
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Heavy alcohol use and alcohol use disorders have a devastating impact on the health and well-being of all Americans. 40% of American families have a close family member with an alcohol use disorder, but only about ten percent receive the intervention they need. An estimated 22.2 million persons aged 12 and older were classified with substance abuse disorders costing America $400 billion as a result of medical consequences, reduced/lost earnings, lost workforce productivity, accidents, violence, homelessness, hunger and premature death. Tragically, alcohol and substance use is one of the leading causes of life-threatening accidents and deaths in adolescents and young adults. A part of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina, The Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs, better known as CDAP, is one of the nation’s premier academic centers for the study and treatment of alcohol and substance abuse. CDAP is multifaceted and includes alcohol and drug addiction research, alcohol and drug abuse treatment, substance abuse training, and community outreach providing alcohol and substance abuse education components. Since opening its doors in 1995, CDAP has been internationally recognized for its work on the effects of alcohol on health and disease, and has been actively involved in educating the public on the biological and social effects of heavy alcohol consumption. While CDAP has accomplished much, there still remains much more to do, and it requires considerable monetary assistance in order to continue to make progress in the battle against the diseases of alcoholism and substance abuse. By supporting CDAP, you can help make a notable contribution to these efforts and allow the medical advancements that are made within the walls of CDAP to be translated into real-world help. For more information, please visit www.alcoholanddrugabuse.org or www.CDAP.musc.edu

Windwood Farm And Family Services
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The Metro Exchange Club of Charleston is proud to team up again this year with Windwood Family Services, to volunteer staff for the Bridge Run and help raise money for the prevention of child abuse. Windwood Family Services provides residential, outpatient and outreach therapeutic programing designed to prevent or heal child abuse and neglect. Since 1985, Windwood has served more than 600 boys in their residential program in Awendaw, SC. Here, boys that have endured intense abuse and neglect, learn how to process their past, emotionally regulate their behaviors and strive for a brighter future – breaking the cycle of abuse. In 2011, Windwood opened their outpatient program in Mt. Pleasant, SC. This program works with men, women and children of all ages. Our highly trained clinicians handle depression, anxiety, divorce adjustment, adolescent adjustment, parenting advice and behavioral issues. Adding to the array of services in 2012, Windwood partnered with the state of South Carolina in the Appropriate Response program. To date, Windwood has provided resources and support to more than 1,100 Lowcountry families in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties, in an effort to prevent abuse and neglect in high risk situations. Visit us here for more information on our programs and services.

Thrive SC
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THRIVE SC provides emergency and longer-term transitional housing, cutting-edge services, and resources for women and children from ALL income levels and focuses not only on the immediate needs of safety, but also on the longer-term tools needed for a life of independence and empowerment. Unlike traditional domestic violence shelters, THRIVE SC focuses on independent, non-communal living by replacing the customary, shared living space setting with modern, individual efficiencies. This progressive approach helps residents and families to heal by providing much-needed autonomy. Such privacy fosters the re-establishment of dignity, as most abuse victims are deprived of personal space and are often subjected to strict and harsh rules within a typical shelter environment. This innovative program is being developed with stringent adherence to current best practice models, most notably, the extremely successful Domestic Violence Housing First program in Washington State. The organization is currently working on a site a that will provide multiple levels of transitional housing for domestic violence survivors and their children. THRIVE SC offers client-centered case management; therapy programs for adults and children; 12 step programs; legal advocacy and assistance; on-site childcare; life skills courses, including financial literacy; community education and awareness events; and legislative advocacy