BOSTON (6/4/15)--Through the Credit Unions Kids at Heart program--one of the largest credit union collaborative fundraising efforts in the country--55 credit unions from several states donated a collective $330,000 to Boston Children’s Hospital to support research on childhood illness this year.
Founded in 1996 by Eastern Corporate FCU, Burlington, Mass., Credit Unions Kids at Heart and its team of supporters leverage fundraising activities such as the Boston Marathon to fund various pediatric research projects.
The program has donated $4.6 million to Boston Children’s Hospital to date.
For the second straight year, the funds raised and donated in 2015 will support pediatric brain research projects, including research on treatments, therapies and cures for Moyamoya disease, Sturge-Weber syndrome, and brain tumors.
Funds were raised again this year at the Boston Marathon. The Kids at Heart team was granted 19 entries through the charity runner program offered by the race, and each team member was individually paired with a child who is a current or former patient at Boston Children’s Hospital.
“The team’s patient partners provide the mental and emotional motivation that is needed by the runners to complete their training and fundraising efforts throughout the lengthy, winter training season,” said Kids at Heart.
“Runners know that their training challenges pale in comparison to those faced by the strong-spirited patient partners and their families each and every day. For that reason, runners tirelessly fundraise in hopes to find a cure for the ailments that plague so many children.”