Summer is Almost Here & the ISF Intern Program is Back

ISF Newsletter, May 2021 (Don’t receive our newsletter in your inbox, sign up here)

May looks a lot different this year, doesn’t it?  I never knew how much I would miss people, getting dressed up, and yes… even hugs!  As the world begins to open back up we find ourselves being busier than ever and here at ISF, things are no different.  

Our May is packed as we are gearing up for our second annual summer internship program!  This program was one of the highlights of our year last year so we are bringing it back better than ever!  We were once again flooded with qualified candidates who had such a strong passion for giving back and making a difference.  So after talking to all these great kids, we thought, why not double the size of our program?  And just like that, we have 10 amazing interns this summer and we can’t wait to introduce you (listed below).  Our interns are also going to be set up for success as we get to welcome back our lead intern from 2020, Ashton Barlow – who came and set the stage for a successful program last year.  With Ashton’s guidance as Intern Program Manager, their individual passions, and our network of amazing followers – you are going to see a whole new face of ISF this summer – and they look a lot younger than us.  🙂

Starting today we will be opening applications for VOLUNTEER interns who will be assigned to each of our leads over the summer. This is open to both high-school and college kids.   If you have a high-school student who is hard-working, organized, and looking to make the world a better place – HAVE THEM APPLY!  Colleges are looking for well-rounded applicants and I can’t think of a better experience for them to have on their admissions.   We just ask them to volunteer a minimum of 10 hours a week and prepare to have fun and learn a little along the way. What an incredible program that truly makes a difference for kids fighting cancer… I am certain Isabella would have loved this!

This summer, we are also hosting our first in-person event in over a year as we host our inaugural “Golf for a Cure” on June 21st at Firethorne Country Club.  We still have sponsorships available and a limited number of foursomes.  We know you have all been itching to get back together and we are working hard to organize a fun day for you, of course with the proceeds continuing to build out the Rare and Solid Tumor Program here in Charlotte.

As we tip our toe back into events, we find ourselves questioning every move until we feel completely safe.  For this reason – we want to hear from you!  Our 2019 5K Race Event was our biggest and most successful ever!  However, we don’t anticipate being able to organize a race at that level in 2021 giving the impacts on businesses who participate or donate.  We also put on this race for the families and if they can’t come and feel completely safe, we may need to stay virtual one more year… but spice it up!  So we are asking you – what do you think?  Organize a simple 5k at the Ballantyne Corporate Park so we can all meet up and walk together and have a virtual component?  Or stay safe one more year and amp up this virtual thing.  Let us know by taking our super quick survey here!

In short, be sure to pay attention this summer because ISF is upping their game and learning a few new things.  We are all going to learn a new thing or two this summer and we can’t wait, so check-in, interact, support, and watch as we shake off this COVID dust and do what we do best.  Stay safe!

Thank you for sticking by our side,

Erin, Isabella’s Mom & Executive Director


Summer is finally here and we are jumping with joy to announce the Lead Intern Class of 2021!  We had an incredible response and are thrilled to bring on 10 college students to make up a dynamic leadership team!  Yes… that means 10 teams! This is going to be a blast! 


Intern Program Manager

Ashton Barlow, College of Charleston (2020 Lead Intern)

Lead Intern Leadership Class 

  1. Zoe Pudela, UNC, (2020 Lead Intern)
  2. Morgan Caterino, App State
  3. Tenley Nystrom, UNC
  4. Drew Fitzgerald, UNCC
  5. Shannon Margies, UNCW  (2020 Volunteer Intern)
  6. Kate Cheek, UNC
  7. Grace Koch, UNC
  8. Natalie VanNoy, Queens University, (2020 Volunteer Intern)
  9. Sarah Burton, UNC (2020 Volunteer Intern)
  10. Ryan Brouse, Auburn

Starting today we are accepting applications for VOLUNTEER interns.  The perfect way to gain real-world experience while making a difference for childhood cancer.  


The ISF 5K for Kids Cancer event is turning 14 this September.  As things start to open up, we have a decision to make… Do we go back to in-person or stay virtual?

If you have attended one of our 5K events in the past, you know that the morning is traditionally more than just your typical road race. During ‘normal’ times, we would have a kids zone with bounce houses, face-painting, games, an incredible raffle, silent auction, and even added the best brunch in 2019.

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to have all the ‘extras’ this year as our community works to come back from the pandemic.  There are 2 primary hesitations we have in having an in-person race:  1). Most likely our cancer patients & their families will continue to stay clear of large gatherings.  2). If we don’t have all the extras, can we really put on an impactful race for you?

So, we would like to hear from you to help us make this decision…

Do we take the ISF 5K back to a limited in-person event, with only a road race?  OR  Do we stay virtual?