Three cheers for volunteers! Not only do we appreciate you… we miss you!

April 19-25 is #VolunteerAppreciationWeek and we are grateful for every volunteer (little and big) who contribute to make our mission of fighting rare pediatric cancer a reality to #beatgrowlive. With stay at home orders, we miss seeing all of our volunteers and physically working by your side. We absolutely can’t function without the hundreds of amazing individuals who support our program. Our volunteers help out with events, pack bags, prepare & serve meals, hand out medals, develop run schedules, donate talents, hours and time. And so much more.

Thank you to all our volunteers, below are just a few we featured throughout Volunteer Appreciation Week!

Lending Tree

We love our corporate volunteer groups who volunteer together! Team building while doing something good. During our 2019 race our KidsZone Sponsor, LendingTree, volunteered as a team in the Kids Zone. They brought with them piggy banks and helped all the kiddos decorate to help spread the message about money management. Thank you Lending Tree for all your volunteerism, we see how much you do in the Charlotte community and we appreciate you!

Volunteer Cheryl

Meet Cheryl. This sweet lady has been a dedicated ISF volunteer for years. And when we say years, almost since the beginning! She has volunteered in almost every capacity at many functions and events… thank you Cheryl for sticking with us for so long! We simply can’t continue striving for change for kids with rare cancers without you!

Sisters Elizabeth & Emma Kate

These two sisters have volunteered for ISF since they were little. Elizabeth & Emma Kate lived down the street from Isabella and watched her cancer fight ultimately take her life… they were personally touched and inspired to do what they can to help other kids fighting cancer ever since. They recruit their friends, they spread awareness and they work events throughout the year. These two not only volunteer for ISF, but have been involved and volunteer with several groups including Arthritis Foundation, RedCross & Best Buddies through their high school and volunteer opportunities through their church. 

We love when young people are drawn to make a difference! Thank you Elizabeth & Emma Kate for your passion and dedication for ISF. And thank you to all your friends for joining in on the fun too!

Volunteer Julie

This is Julie! For us to know that we have so many consistent and reliable volunteers helps us breathe just a little easier! We are confident every event will run smoothly because of individuals like Julie. She has volunteered in many capacities from working events, ticket sales and helping with our auction year after year. She was also on deck to volunteer her photography skills and talent at this years coffee events before they were called off. Thank you Julie for always being right there and willing when we need you!

Marvin Ridge ISF Club

Meet the Marvin Ridge ISF Club… a charity club that several passionate girls developed at Marvin Ridge High (Union County, NC).  The club has 32 members with a faculty advisor and is dedicated to charity work.  Since their inception they have volunteered at many events including our September 5k/10k and our October Pumpkin Charity Ball.  We love the initiative the members put behind this club and know if there is a volunteer need, they are just a phone call away!  

“With our club we have been able to spread awareness about the Foundation and the incredible things they do. We informed all of our members about their mission as well as the benefits and impact to our local community. As a club we strived to help the Foundation whether it be volunteering at events or just spreading information around the school. We also spent time volunteering for other local charities that the Foundation helps to support that needed assistance like the Ronald McDonald House.   Before the virus we were selling friendship bracelets to our friends and family. When we are safely back in school we hope to resume sales and plan to donate the proceeds to the Foundation.   In the future we are planning on continuing to help ISF with their volunteer needs as well as other local charities that help to support kids and their families fighting cancer.”

Thank you Marvin Ridge ISF Club, we love the service you provide and the example you set for others your age!