At the July 2016 CTR Executive Steering Board meeting our club continued its tradition of giving to charity by approving $5000 in donations to five charitable organizations. We had another very successful BOG this year which allowed us to donate this large amount of funds. The donations went to the following organizations:
$1000 to Special Love (children with cancer),$1000 to Us Too (prostate cancer education and support network) , $1000 to Doctors without Borders (Emergency medical help to over 70 countries) , $1000 to The ALS Association (fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and new this year $1000 to The Northern Virginia Sailing Special Olympics Program. In the summer of 2006 CTR put in place its charitable giving guidelines. Each year since then CTR has followed those guidelines and donated to a focused set of charities. Including this year’s donations, CTR has given a cumulative total of $26,700 to charity. Read below for more information about the charities receiving our donations this year.
Special Love is a nonprofit organization that provides cancer families a network of support, made up of other patients and families who know and understand the trials and triumphs of the cancer experience. It is the result of Tom and Sheila Baker’s desire to establish a support group for children with cancer and to honor their daughter who lost her battle against the deadly disease. In 1983, the Bakers began their organization with a week of summer fun called Camp Fantastic which has grown into a year full of events, with over 15 week and weekend retreats and special outings.
Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education & Support Network is a grassroots cancer education and support network of 325 support group chapters worldwide, providing men and their families with free information, materials and peer-to-peer support so they can make informed choices on detection, treatment options and coping with ongoing survivorship. The organization was founded in 1990 by five men who had been treated for prostate cancer.
Established in 1985, The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. As the preeminent ALS organization, The Association leads the way in research, care services, public education, and public policy — giving help and hope to those facing the disease. The Association’s nationwide network of chapters provides comprehensive patient services and support to the ALS community. The mission of The ALS Association is to lead the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy, while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.
Every year, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides emergency medical care to millions of people caught in crises in more than 60 countries around the world. MSF provides assistance when catastrophic events—such as armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, or natural disasters—overwhelm local health systems. MSF also assists people who face discrimination or neglect from their local health systems or when populations are otherwise excluded from health care.
Special Olympics provides sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The SO Sailing Program offers participants the opportunity 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.