BURLINGTON, Mass. (8/12/14)--More than 50 credit unions have donated a collective $300,000 to Credit Unions Kids at Heart (CU K@H) to fight childhood illness.
CU K@H is a collaborative community service activity founded by Eastern Corporate FCU (EasCorp), Burlington, Mass., in 1996. Including its most recent donation, the CU K@H program and its team of dedicated supporters have raised more than $4.3 million to fund various pediatric research projects.
Funds from the 2014 campaign have been earmarked to support several pediatric brain research projects, including the search for treatments, therapies and cures for Moyamoya disease, Sturge-Weber syndrome and brain tumors. This research is used by pediatric hospitals and other care centers all around the world. CU K@H's partner in this program is Boston Children's Hospital, a leading pediatric research center where scientists have set the standard in treating and finding cures for many debilitating diseases.
The cornerstone of CU K@H's annual fundraising efforts is the Boston Marathon. Although the Boston Marathon is a qualifying time race in which acceptance of participants is based on qualifying times according to age groups and gender, CU K@H Program is able to procure several of the limited entries awarded for charitable fundraising purposes.
As their inspiration for training and finishing the race, CU K@H Marathon Team runners are individually paired with patient partners from Boston Children's Hospital.
Many of the patient partners have extraordinary medical challenges, but they also possess great spirit, faith and enduring courage, CU K@H said. These children, who overcome their own challenges every day, inspire the runners to train throughout the Boston Marathon season. The children are equally inspired by the runners who relentlessly train throughout the winter months that lead up to the race. Runners and patient partners often form a special bond that endures well beyond the marathon season.