September 28th is going to be the “BEST DAY EVER!”

Our 5K/10K BRUNCH on September 28 is going to be a no-joke kind of brunch. We aren’t talking about just donuts and simply eggs and bacon. How does chicken and waffle sandwiches with honey hot sauce sound? How about fried green tomatoes with country ham, goat cheese, and pepper jelly? Beignets anyone? That is just a small sample of the incredible brunch menu Firebirds Wood Fired Grill Executive Chef is creating! 

We had so much fun with these cute kiddos and Chef cooking up some scrumptious samples for our 12th Annual 5k,10k & Fun Run for Kids Cancer The kids created beignets. They decorated pancakes. They made the best mess and ate all the sugar. Stay tuned… we will start sharing all the goodness Chef is planning next week. 

Thank you to our presenting sponsor Red Ventures and our Brunch sponsors Firebirds Wood Fired GrillTito’s Handmade Vodka and NoDa Brewing Company for helping us create the best event yet! Special thank you to Chef Chuck Asher and Swanson-Girard & Associates for hosting our messy fun in their kitchen!

Get registered and don’t forget to add on the BRUNCH and drink option when you do:


#WishWednesday is back! Two of our biggest events are coming up and we pride ourselves in creating the best auctions in the city for both our September 5K/10K event and our October Pumpkin Charity Ball.  2 events… that’s a heck of a lot of stuff.  Our ISF Auction Committee is hard at work, and we can’t make this happen without your generous support.  

Participating in #WishWednesday is an easy way to give back quickly from your computer or taking your child shopping to pick out items to donate. We count on our supporters every year to help us create amazing packages. Every #WishWednesday we will focus on a specific type of item that you can shop easily from our Amazon Wish List. If you prefer to go to Target or another store, you can mail it to us at the below address. Or just want to send an Amazon Gift Card, we are appreciative of it all! SHOP FOR ISF


Attn: Erica Stawick

Isabella Santos Foundation

9935-D Rea Road #275

Charlotte, NC 28277

JULY 24 #WISHWEDNESDAY: Amazon Gift Cards! These are great to help us hand pick specific items to create amazing packages!

JULY 31 #WISHWEDENESDAY: All things LEGOS. Marvel Superheroes, Disney Princess, Friends and Toy Story. Pick out a Lego favorite.

AUGUST 7 #WISHWEDNESDAY: All things VIDEO GAMES: Video games… we love and hate them! But if they bring in bucks for our upcoming auctions… we will love them! Xbox gift cards, Playstation gift cards and video games.  Get a few friends to go in together on a Xbox Console… we would love for you to get creative in helping us create amazing packages for our upcoming Sept & Oct auction packages.

AUGUST 14 #WISHWEDNESDAY: All things MUSIC! Whether you listen to country or pop, rap or rock, we need your help! We are asking for some of our favorite music accessories: Beats, AirPods, iTunes/Apple music gift cards, bluetooth speakers, you name it! Share with us your favorite way to rock or dance it out! 🎧

#1065SUBSELFIE Contest for a Chance to Meet Young the Giant & Fitz and The Tantrums

#1065SUBSELFIE CONTEST: Not only will you get a delicious lunch or dinner from Jersey Mike’s while helping a great cause, 106.5 wants to sweeten the deal for you. You could win two tickets to 106.5 The End’s Woody & Wilcox’s Summer Camp and a meet & greet with Young The Giant and Fitz and The Tantrums!

  1. Take a selfie with a Jersey Mike’s logo
  2. Post it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
  3. Use #1065SubSelfie and tag @1065TheEND

Complete the above 3 steps and your qualified to win!  The more you post, the more chances you have to win!

View Month of Giving details, weekly coupons and greater Charlotte’s 39 participating locations.  Eat at participating stores to help fund rare pediatric cancer research.

The contest is open March 1, 2019 through March 27, 2019.

The Impact of Losing a Best Friend

Isabella & Soleil

Saturday, March 9 marks what would have been Isabella’s 14th birthday. It’s also when the Isabella Santos Foundation is teaming up with the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) to host several community blood drives to honor the life and legacy of Isabella.

It seems only fitting that one of the March 9 community blood drives will be hosted by Stephanie Foreman, the mother of Isabella’s best friend, Soleil. It will take place from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Overture Cotswold located at 4830 Randolph Road in Charlotte.

“This blood drive is a great opportunity to bring people together to honor Isabella,” said Stephanie. “Knowing Isabella really opened my eyes about the importance of blood donation. I learned that it’s not just for accidents, but also for cancer patients and others in our community.” 

The Impact of Losing a Best Friend

Isabella & Soleil

Soleil and Isabella became the best of friends after meeting in pre-school at age two and discovering they lived in the same neighborhood. They hit it off and did play dates, sleepovers and even combined birthday parties (Soleil’s birthday is March 2). 

“The girls were inseparable,” said Stephanie. “They were opposite and so cute together.”

Isabella’s cancer diagnosis and journey had a profound impact on Stephanie and Soleil, who had to learn at a very young age what cancer was. It became very normal for Soleil to visit and have play dates with Isabella at Levine Children’s Hospital.

The impact of Isabella’s passing still affects Soleil today who, even after seven years, still struggles with the trauma of losing her best friend. Not only did Soleil endure the split of her parents a year and a half prior, but then her best friend passing away. The once bubbly young girl became more introverted and anxious. 

Isabella’s passing also affected “Miss Stephanie” – Isabella’s term of endearment for Stephanie – who had anxiety attacks for two years. For Stephanie, it was like losing a daughter as she and “Ibba” shared a close bond. 

Isabella & Miss Stephanie

The Healing Process

With therapy and loving guidance from her mom, Soleil is communicating better, is more open to volunteering at ISF and is excited for the March 9 blood drive to honor her best friend. Through events like the blood drive, Soleil is able to see how much good has come from Isabella’s life.

Stephanie and her girls, Soleil and Ciel, have remained involved in ISF since its inception from participating in the race and volunteering. While Stephanie has been a loyal blood donor, she wanted to do more by hosting this community blood drive to honor Isabella and to help others. 

“The ISF team amazes me and I am so proud of them. I remember when this all started. To see where the organization is today is unreal with what they have done and what they are doing,” said Stephanie. “It takes away the pain in my throat when I see ISF’s accomplishments and how they are carrying on Isabella’s legacy.”

CBCC will also be raffling off $100 gift cards to donors who schedule their March 9 appointment prior to the day of the drive. Schedule your appointment online for all locations or call 1-888-59BLOOD.

A Cancer Mom’s Favorite Lame Excuses for Why People Can’t Give Blood

Tell a mom whose child passed away from cancer you can’t give blood… she will reply back with a snarky remark. Simply put, blood products give cancer patients a chance to fight back from the cancer that is trying to take them down.

Isabella endured five relapses with high-risk neuroblastoma before passing away at 7-years old in 2012. The countless blood products she received helped her avoid infections, treat anemia, avoid excessive bleeding during surgery and helped her stay strong during chemo treatments.  Join us and book your appointment now for our largest blood drive on March 9th.

Enjoy Erin Santo’s roundup of all time favorite lame excuses why people can’t give blood…

A Cancer Mom’s Favorite Lame Excuses for Why People Don’t Give Blood, by Erin Santos


  • “I’m good.” (What does this even mean?)
  • “I’m scared of needles.” (because Isabella wasn’t)
  • “I need my blood.” (you will get punched for this one)
  • “I’m anemic.” (we’ll check your iron)
  • “I have enough, don’t need to give any.” (I kid you not on this one)
  • “I just got a tattoo.” (urban myth)
  • “I am diabetic.” (urban myth)
  • “I have high blood pressure.” (relax already)
  • “I’m on too many medications.” (we’ll check this for you)
  • “I’ll pass out.” (no you won’t)
  • “I had a bad experience in 1980.” (really?)
  • “My veins are too small.” (I doubt it)
  • “I am too busy.” (come on, aren’t we all)
  • “My doctor said I shouldn’t.” (lie)
  • “I’m too old.” (are you breathing?)
  • “I don’t want to feel bad afterwards.” (eat beforehand)
  • “I already gave this year.” (you can give every 56 days)
  • “I have never done it before.” (my favorite… try something new)


  • Cancer patients are the #1 recipients of blood products.
  • One local children’s hospital alone requires nearly 300 unit of red blood cells & more than 100 units of platelets each month.
  • You can donate full blood every 56 days, which translates into every 8 weeks.
  • Each whole blood donation (1 pint) has the potential to save up to 3 lives.
  • Blood cannot be manufactured

Join us March 9th for our LARGEST blood drive yet with Community Blood Center of the Carolinas.  Multiple locations throughout the Charlotte region. All donors who schedule their appointment for one of the ISF blood drives before March 9th will be entered into a raffle for a $100 iTunes gift card!

All presenting donors March 9th will receive an Isabella Santos Center blanket, a special T-shirt, a Cancer Messed With discount card and a Jersey Mike’s cookie! Donors will also be entered to win the following giveaways