Let’s Become a WishMaker Together in Honor of Isabella

Make-A-Wish granted Isabella her wish and gave her the best days of her life.  Make-A-Wish also gave her family the best memories of theirs.  The positive impact wishes give to kids and their families are invaluable.  

There is a girl fighting cancer, Sydney, who is 13 years old and wishes to visit the Harry Potter museum in London. We can’t think of a better gift than to honor another girl’s wish on what would have been Isabella’s 13th birthday in the month of March.

Please donate to help make Sydney’s wish come true.  Donations of all values will help us collectively reach the $6,000 fundraising goal by March 31.


Throughout the month, we will be sharing more about Sydney and memories of Isabella’s wish.  We hope you will follow along on our social media pages:  Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.  Isabella’s mom shares the difference Make-A-Wish made in not only Isabella, but the entire family.  

“We even decided to take her there just a couple of weeks before she passed away. Make-A-Wish has made this place the one place in the world that brought her the most happiness. We saw the impact that a wish trip had on her mental and physical state, as well as the rest of us. It made miracles happen for us – so many times.” -Isabella’s Mom

Read more from Erin Santos,  It Made Miracles Happen For Us  

Kicking Out Cancer

Sometimes we come across a young adult that stops us in our tracks. And reminds us of how incredibly amazing kids are. This time it was Matthew Pennington who stopped us and made our hearts smile.

Matthew Pennington took part in Leadership Martial Arts’ Kicking Out Cancer event yesterday. The event raised a total of $5,200 benefiting ISF! Matthew won for most money raised and was presented with a autographed Carolina Panthers football. Matthew immediately donated the football back to ISF for us to use in our auction to raise more money. Gestures like these always gets us, especially when they come from kids. We learned that when Matthew was 10 years old, he lost his father to cancer. He started going to Leadership Martial Arts as a positive outlet after loosing his father. We love that he turned his pain into passion.

This is giving back. This is making a difference.

Grace donated her birthday money, she didn’t want other kids getting as sick as Isabella. Jackson joined Isabella’s Dream Team at 11 years old as the youngest member to help fund raise. Griffin, Riley, and Noah redeemed 5 year’s worth of arcade tickets for a Yeti cooler just to donate it back to our annual auction. Juliana wears purple every September in honor of Isabella, helping her high school every single year with their annual ‘Purple Out’. Blake saved every penny of her summer earnings at 7 years old to help ISF. We could go on and on about the incredible kids we have come across. And they all have reminded us of Isabella… who used to donate her birthday presents to the pediatric oncology clinic. Kids amaze us.

Giving back is important on all levels. All ages. Thank you Matthew for your passion. We were honored to spend the day with you yesterday.

Jersey Mike’s 8th Annual Month of Giving

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The Isabella Santos Foundation is joining forces with 37 Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants throughout the greater Charlotte area for the 8th Annual March “Month of Giving” campaign to raise funds for  pediatric cancer research. The campaign will culminate in Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving” on Wednesday, March 28th, when these 37 local Jersey Mike’s restaurants will give 100 percent of the day’s sales – not just profit – to the Isabella Santos Foundation. For more information about Jersey Mike’s Sub Month of Giving, please visit:  www.jerseymikes.com/mog

In 2017, the greater Charlotte area Jersey Mike’s locations raised more than $100,000 for the campaign.


Every single dollar that comes in on March 28, goes to our Foundation.

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MARCH 28, 2018

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This year, we are going to take full advantage of this opportunity and are excited to have you join us for lunch or dinner at Jersey Mike’s all month long. During the month of March, all are invited to come into the local Charlotte Jersey Mike’s Restaurant and make a donation.

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100% of Sales will go to The Isabella Santos Foundation on March 28, 2018!

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Get Involved! Follow These 3 Easy Steps:


  1. Eat at a Charlotte Area Jersey Mike’s Subs anytime in March and buy a cookie! 100% of cookie sales go back to the foundation all month long!
  2. March 28th is the ‘Day of Giving’ where 100% of sales goes back to our foundation at participating stores in the Greater Charlotte area.  Click Add to Calendar above and invite your coworkers, family, friends and loved ones to lunch or dinner on on this day. Put it on your calendar now so you don’t forget and feel free to adjust the time as you see fit! And make sure to share this day with everyone!
  3. Work in a office?  Order for your team and eat lunch together!  Feel good knowing your team lunch went back to pediatric cancer.  This is a great opportunity have lunch together and talk about how your going to impact the community next.  Remember, it’s up to all of us to make a difference.   Don’t forget about online ordering!

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Find the closest Charlotte area location using the map below!

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  • Participating Jersey Mike’s locations give 100% of ALL sales on the Day of Giving as part of the company’s annual Month of Giving campaign in March.
  • Last year the nationwide initiative raised more than $5.5 for local charities, and the greater Charlotte area participating locations raised more than $100,000 for the campaign.
  • An astounding 4.6 million of that amount was raised on the Day of Giving alone
  • Since 2010, Jersey Mike’s has raised more than $27 million for local charities and has distributed more than 1.5 million free sub sandwiches to help numerous causes.


Lake Norman Gives Back

Our Lake Norman Cocktails For A Cure event on March 2nd is almost full!  Don’t miss out on this ‘Night of Hope’ to learn about the impact that The Isabella Santos Foundation is making in our community.  A fun night out with cocktails, food and entertainment by Joshua Moyer, paired with giving makes for the perfect  ‘feel-good’ date night.  We will have a beautiful piece of jewelry donated by Diamonds Direct to raffle off and in lieu of purchasing a ticket, we request that you please bring a favorite bottle of wine to donate to a wine pull.

If your in the Lake Norman area, stop by Circa 1873 at On the Nines Bistro for their Week of Giving leading up to the event.  From the dates 2/24 – 3/2, On the Nines Bistro will donate 5% of proceeds back to ISF.

To attend is free, but seating is almost full, please sign up here to reserve your seat today.   Please contact info@isabellasantosfoundation.org with questions.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:  Tri at the Trump, Modern Nissan of Lake Norman, Redfin

All-In To Fight Cancer

We are so honored and excited to partner once again with All-In To Fight Cancer for their 8th Annual Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at The Fillmore in Charlotte. Proceeds from this great event benefit The Isabella Santos Foundation, Go Jen Go, The Paula Takas Foundation and Novant Health Cancer Center Patient Navigator Program. — each of which shares our mission supporting local cancer communities, healthcare providers, patients, and families.

Doors open at 5:30pm and will include a night of food, drinks, raffles, poker and live entertainment by The Whiskey Dollars and Melonbelly,

All-In to Fight Cancer is dedicated to increasing public awareness and raising money to find a cure for cancer. We have been incredibly honored by their continued support of our missions and goals and we hope you will join us for this awesome event.

To Purchase tickets: https://www.universe.com/events/2018-all-in-to-fight-cancer-texas-holdem-fundraiser-charlotte-nc-tickets-charlotte-ZK7M14?ref=universe-discover

All In Website Link http://www.allintofightcancer.org

Volunteer Opportunities for the All-In to Fight Cancer Texas Holdem’ are officially LIVE! Note that there are two different sign-ups — one for event prep the weekend before, and one for the actual day of the event.