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Ability Experience

We create shared experiences between people with and without disabilities in order to create a society, one relationship at a time, where the ability of all people are recognized and valued. At the 2021 Colfax Marathon, we will be providing athletes with disabilities an opportunity to complete the 5k and/or half marathon!

For more information email amatznick@abilityexperience.org.

 

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Achieving Cures Together

Achieving Cures Together is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on a mission to save lives by advancing microbiome research.

Over the past two decades our gut microbes, the bacteria, fungi and viruses that reside in our gastrointestinal tract and break down and digest food, have drastically declined in diversity. This is primarily due to our heavy antibiotic usage, our Western diet, and our clean, sanitized lifestyle. With this decrease in diversity, our society is experiencing rapid growth in many diseases and disorders such as Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Autism, Superbugs, Depression, Obesity, Diabetes, Allergies and more.

Achieving Cures Together exists to advance microbiome research and find cures to these horrific diseases. To do this, we’ve partnered with world-leading researchers at the University of Minnesota where we are studying the benefits of fecal transplants and the restoration of damaged gut microbes. We believe microbial restoration has significant healing potential and this therapy has already proven to be very successful for a number of applications. Notably, ACT has supported treatment for over 800 people suffering from Clostridium difficile, an antibiotic resistant superbug, with a 98% treatment success rate. This is just the beginning and with your support, we will continue to save lives!

www.achievingcures.com/donate

Adam’s Camp Colorado

At Adam’s Camp, unique therapy and adventure programs are designed and delivered by dedicated therapists and counselors who help special needs children, youth and adults reach for the stars. These programs are combined with sibling and parent offerings that address the needs of the entire family and have created an amazing and supportive community for our participant families, our partners and our sponsors.

For more information visit adamscamp.org or email ariana@adamscamp.org.

ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter

Fighting on Every Front to Improve Living with ALS

Our Chapter was founded in 1996 when a group of ALS patients, families and friends formed an organization to provide support to people in Colorado and Wyoming afflicted with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). We have a variety of services available to help improve the quality of life for those living with ALS and their families. All services are free of charge and include: a durable medical equipment loan program, respite care fund, support groups, educational information, referrals, in-home consultations, and personalized.

For more information about our Charity Partners program, email events@alsaco.org and visit http://web.alsa.org/Colfax.  To learn more about us, visit www.alsaco.org.

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Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado

The Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado is the premier source of information and support for the more than 67,000 Coloradoans with Alzheimer’s disease and the 239,000 people who care for them. Through our statewide network of offices, the Alzheimer’s Association offers education classes and support groups as well as a 24-hour Helpline (800-272-3900) and safety services including Medic Alert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®, all at no charge to the public. We also fund advancements in research to prevent, treat and eventually conquer this disease.  Be part of making a difference by participating in the The Longest Day  as part of the Colfax Marathon. Together, we can raise funds and awareness for care and support while advancing research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s.  To learn more, email Kate Dochelli at kdochelli@alz.org or visit the Alzheimer’s Association web site, www.alz.org/co.

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American Association of Cancer Research

The AACR Foundation supports the groundbreaking work of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) – the first and largest cancer research organization in the world with a membership of more than 42,000 professionals residing in 120 countries and territories working on the front lines of the effort to eradicate cancer. The Foundation backs every aspect of high-quality, innovative cancer research. We invite you to join us in imagining a world without cancer. More important, we invite you to join us in making it happen.  For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Michael Lynn Sills, michaellynn.sills@aacr.org

American Cancer Society

At the American Cancer Society, we’re on a mission to free the world from cancer. Until we do, we’ll be funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. All so you can live longer — and better. For 24/7 support, please call us at 1-888-227-2345 or cancer.org.

To learn more about participating on behalf of ACS in the Colfax Marathon, please contact chelbye.mcintyre@cancer.org. We offer a variety of easy ways to fundraise to make your miles more meaningful!

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American Diabetes Association

Did you know that every 21 seconds another person is diagnosed with diabetes? The American Diabetes Association is the global authority on diabetes and has been committed to its mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. To tackle this global public health crisis, the Association drives discovery in research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and provides support and advocacy for people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes and the health care professionals who serve them.  For more about us, visit www.diabetes.org.  To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Lindsay Phelan, lphelan@diabetes.org.

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American Liver Foundation

The American Liver Foundation was created in 1976 by the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD). The ALF makes a measurable difference in the fight against liver disease by providing financial support for medical research, education for medical professionals, and advocacy and information for patients and their families by creating public awareness campaigns about liver wellness and disease prevention. Learn more about The American Liver Foundation. Please help by joining our Charity Partner Team by contacting Alise Jackson at AJackson@LiverFoundation.org. Thank you and happy running!

 

Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado

RUN FOR RESCUED ANIMALS AND RESCUED PEOPLE! Choose us as the charity you want to represent and help us get the word out there about our important work. AATPC runners will receive a limited edition “I’ve got the Zoomies” AATPC t-shirt (supply is limited) Contact Becki at rtaylor@aatpc.org for more information.

We live by our motto – ‘RESCUED ANIMALS RESCUING PEOPLE.’ Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado (AATPC) is one of the first counseling centers in the nation that specifically integrates teams of professional therapists and their therapy animals to facilitate the counseling process. Located on an urban ranch in Arvada, AATPC offers adults, children and families the opportunity to improve their mental health through strategic therapy sessions with a trained Animal Assisted Therapy Counseling therapist and the organization’s rescued 30+ domestic and farm therapy animals. Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado was originally founded as an LLC but transitioned to a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in order to make the benefits of animal-assisted psychotherapy available to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. In addition to offering mental and behavioral health services to the community, Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado also trains mental health professionals in the specialty of Animal Assisted Psychotherapy through top-notch internships, intensives, and certificate training.

For more information visit www.animalassistedtherapyprograms.org

Arapahoe County HOPE

Running for H.O.P.E.

Arapahoe County H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Excel) is a non-profit program created by employees of the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services in Colorado that addresses the needs of local individuals and families that can’t be met by formal welfare programs.  H.O.P.E. provides goods and services to children who are victims of abuse or neglect, vulnerable seniors in the adult protection system, and struggling families and individuals in crisis. To learn more about out our Colfax Marathon charity partner program, contact Kimberly Koch, kkoch2@arapahoegov.com, 303-752-8982.  For more information about us, visit  www.arapahoegov.com/HOPE.

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Ascend Performing Arts

Elevating Life Performance.

The Ascend Performing Arts mission is to further the education and growth of young people through participation in high-caliber performiAscendng arts programs that promote teamwork and discipline, develop leadership skills, and enhance self-esteem.  Ascend Performing Arts proudly produces the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps, Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble, Blue Knights Winds, the Broncos Stampede Drum Line and Broncos Brass ensembles.  We also host major events such as Drums Along the Rockies and Corps Encore drum and bugle corps shows during the summer and Friendship Cup Marching Band Competition in the fall.  Run for Ascend Performing Arts at Info@AscendPerformingArts.org or visit AscendPerformingArts.org to learn more about our charity partner team.

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Athletes in Tandem

Athletes in Tandem embraces and accepts every athlete as they are and treat them as an equal. We share in the joy of movement, the freedom of expression and the fulfillment of life in the moment.  We do this by providing the athletic skills, equipment and knowledge to support people with disabilities to compete in triathlons, swimming, cycling or running events from 5k’s to marathons. Join us in Sharing the Feat!  Check us out at: athletesintandem.org. To join our charity partners program, contact Vienna Brown, vrbrown@rams.colostate.edu.

 

Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS

Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS is dedicated to changing the experience of people living with ALS. We raise the funds and awareness urgently needed to drive innovative science and research forward, at an accelerated pace.  ALS is curable; it’s just underfunded. Our quest is to make sure we find a cure for ALS in our lifetimes. Today we have new hope, we’re closer than ever. Join us in our quest to #endALS.

Run Colfax with TeamQuest4ALS: https://www.classy.org/campaign/2020-denver-colfax-team-quest4als/c242609

Learn more about Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS: www.augiesquest.org

Aurora Public Schools Foundation

Possibility becomes reality for EVERY student.

Established in 1987, the APS Foundation cultivates community investment to enrich student opportunities. We accomplish this by providing a robust scholarship program, facilitating support directly to schools and classrooms, and launching College and Career Centers in our high schools. College and Career Centers provide high school students with critical information on post-secondary options, and tools to help them find and pursue their goals after graduation. Aurora Public Schools has nearly 40,000 students almost 5,000 staff, and 65 schools.

Your role as a member of this team is to reach out to your network of friends, family, coworkers, etc to build a community of supporters for you as a runner and the APS Foundation.  Each runner is required to raise a minimum of $250 which can help support the College and Career Centers in Aurora Public Schools high schools. We will provide a Fundraising 101 Guide for your reference and a fundraising web page just for you! We are grateful for your support and determination to support the students of Aurora.

Start your own or team fundraiser here: https://give.educateaurora.org/colfax_2020

For more information about our charity partner’s team, contact Katlynn Del Dotto at Kmdeldotto@aurorak12.org . Learn more about our work at: http://www.educateaurora.org/.

Autism Society of Colorado

Autism Society of Colorado (ASC) is the premier organization in Colorado supporting the autism community. Our mission is to improve the lives of all touched by autism. This includes individuals, families, providers, educators and members of the community. ASC serves as a lifeline to the Colorado autism community by connecting individuals and families to needed resources and offering support groups to bring the autism community together.

We are honored to partner with the Colfax Marathon and support their mission of community, philanthropy and fun!

For more information visit www.autismcolorado.org or email info@autismcolorado.org.

Back On My Feet

Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources.

We use running and walking as tools to create and build communities that provide the support, resources and crucial social fabric that empower individuals experiencing and at risk of homelessness to achieve sustainable employment and stable housing.

Back on My Feet leverages the power of community to move our members forward, helping them overcome these obstacles and build healthier, more stable lives. We know the road is not always easy, but with the right tools and right people by their side, our members prove time and time again that we can break the cycle of homelessness.

For more information visit www.backonmyfeet.org or email denver@backonmyfeet.org.

BeyondHome (Colorado Homeless Families)

Founded in 1987, BeyondHome assists working families who were experiencing homelessness or who were on the verge of becoming homeless by helping them achieve self-sufficiency for life. BeyondHome is a place for safe, expectant transformation and personal growth with holistic, supportive services. BeyondHome owns 40 homes in Arvada, CO and 446 families have graduated in the past 32 years.

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Bike & Build

We organize bike experiences and volunteer programs centered around affordable housing to empower individuals to commit to a lifetime of service and civic engagement.

We’ve been pedaling for affordable housing for 18 years, come join us run for affordable housing!

For more information visit www.bikeandbuild.org or email casey@bikeandbuild.org.

 

Brave Like Gabe

Brave Like Gabe was founded by professional runner Gabriele “Gabe” Grunewald as she sought treatment for her third battle with an incurable rare salivary gland cancer in 2017. Gabriele continued to compete at the highest level despite ongoing treatments and setbacks. She strongly believed in finding out what was possible despite her diagnosis and encouraged other cancer survivors to keep their minds open to the possibility of achieving their dreams and other goals by being brave in their own way.

After living for 10 years with adenoid cystic carcinoma, Gabriele passed away on June 11, 2019.

Brave Like Gabe’s mission is to support rare cancer research and empower all cancer survivors through physical activity.

For more info visit www.bravelikegabe.org or email info@bravelikegabe.org.

BraveHoods

BraveHoods gives comfort to kids fighting cancer.  We gift soft hoodie t-shirts with cool inspirational designs to kids fighting cancer and their siblings.  It’s hard to go through cancer treatment when you are a kid, our cool hoodies help make kids feel better by giving them control over who sees their bald heads. We also donate to siblings because we know cancer is a family affair and sometimes siblings feel left out. And, we know that everyone loves a hoodie, so for each BraveHood sold, one is donated.  Want a cool hoodie for yourself or a loved one, visit www.bravehoods.org.  For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Allison Yacht, allisonyacht@gmail.com

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Brent’s Place

Whether it be a blood disorder, cancer diagnosis, or an organ transplant, a life-threatening medical crisis impacts the whole family. This is especially true if they need to travel many miles from their home for treatments that represent the best chance for survival.

Brent’s Place provides families a gateway to life-saving care by offering independent living accommodations close to partner hospitals. As one of the region’s only long-term, Safe-Clean housing solutions, Brent’s Place supplies hope in the form of a welcoming space, individualized family support services, and a caring community.

For more information visit www.brentsplace.org or email marketing@brentsplace.org.

Canine Companions for Independence

Raising and Training service dogs. We want to bring awareness to our program.

For more information visit https://www.cci.org/location/southwest/chapter/rocky-mountain-chapter/ or email kelleykiesling@gmail.com.

Canine Partners of the Rockies

Canine Partners Of The Rockies is a 501(c)3 organization based in Aurora, Colorado. We enable Coloradans with disabilities to lead more independent and gratifying lives through training and partnering them with highly skilled service dogs.

We are accredited with Assistance Dogs International and use positive reinforcement training methods to ensure all of our service dogs live happy and fulfilling lives. We raise, train and place all of our dogs in Colorado.

For more information email bridget@caninepartnersoftherockies.org or visit www.caninepartnersoftherockies.org.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a nonprofit organization that trains and supervises volunteers to represent the best interests of victims of child abuse, neglect, and severe domestic conflict. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to be a voice for these children in court and in the community. The desired result is that children be placed in safe, loving homes where they can thrive.

For more information visit www.coloradocasa.org or email coloradocasa@coloradocasa.org.

Casa de Paz

Almost every day asylum seekers, and other immigrants detained by ICE, are released from detention centers far from home. They
have one goal in mind: reunite with their families. But home could be hundreds or thousands of miles away. Casa de Paz (House of
Peace) offers shelter, meals, plane/bus tickets, transportation and emotional support to immigrants released from detention.

Since we opened our doors in 2012 we’ve hosted over 3,000 immigrants from seventy nine countries and the need continues to grow. For more information about our participation in the Charity Partners program, contact Sarah Jackson,
sjackson@casadepazcolorado.org. For more about us, visit www.casadepazcolorado.org.

Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE)

Center for Work Education and Employment, also known as CWEE, is the leading workforce development and anti-poverty agency in
Colorado. CWEE works to develop self-supporting families by providing workforce development training and comprehensive wraparound services that address the many complex barriers to advancement and self-sufficiency faced by participants. Since 1982, CWEE has served over 15,000 families in the Denver-metro area. CWEE believes that supporting low-income families leads to a stronger workforce and a more vibrant community – for everyone. To run Colfax with CWEE, contact Mary-Kate Doyle at
mdoyle@cwee.org. To learn more about CWEE, visit our website at www.cwee.org.

Chanda Plan Foundation

The Chanda Plan Foundation’s mission is to support the Chanda Center for Health in delivering and advocating for integrative therapy, primary care, and other complementary services to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs for persons with physical disabilities.

Direct services include acupuncture, massage, chiropractic care, adaptive exercise, physical therapy, adaptive yoga, dental care, primary care, behavioral health, and care coordination. Provided at the Chanda Center for Health and through providers nationwide, our goal is to promote wellness and healing for acute and chronic conditions caused by physical disabilities.

For more information about our organization, please visit www.iamtheplan.org.

For questions, please call (800) 766-4255 x5 or email emma@iamtheplan.org.

To make a donation, please visit www.iamtheplan.org or mail checks to 1630 Carr Street, Lakewood, CO 80214.

 

CHARGE Syndrome Foundation

The CHARGE Syndrome Foundation is a national organization dedicated to serving people who are affected by CHARGE syndrome, a leading cause of congenial deaf-blindness.  We are a donor-funded, 501(c)(3) nonprofit .  Your donation will support research into the cause and treatment of CHARGE syndrome, educational conferences, and outreach initiatives.   For more information about us, visit www.chargesyndrome.org.   To make a donation or to create your own fundraising page on behalf of the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation, visit https://www.classy.org/campaign/charge-it-for-charge/c192453.   To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Brian Byrne at byrne280@gmail.com.

 

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Chelsea Hutchison Foundation

The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation CHF is excited to partner with Colfax Marathon and be a part of this amazing event.  CHF grants comfort and hope to those affected by epilepsy through providing tangible monitoring resources, vital information, and a safe haven for conversation and community.  Our main goal is to raise awareness of SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) and to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families living with epilepsy.

We raise funds to provide education about SUDEP and to provide seizure response dog grants, (what we believe to be) lifesaving movement monitors that help to protect against SUDEP and grant wish trips to Epilepsy Awareness Education Expo and Day at Disneyland each year.

We stay up-to-date on current trends in medical technology in order to be able to provide the most effective devices as they become available.  We respect the value and quality of life of every person living with epilepsy. We are dedicated to providing opportunities that allow individuals and families greater independence, increased confidence, ability to enjoy social environments, and community understanding.

Are you interested in fundraising for CHF?  Please visit CHFColfaxMarathon.org for information on exciting incentives and prizes for those of you who do.

Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation

Since 1908 Children’s Hospital Colorado has been caring for kids at all ages and stages of life. We see more, treat more and heal more children than any hospital in our seven-state region. And since we’re pioneering treatments that are shaping the future of pediatrics, we’re providing the best possible care years before it becomes available at other hospitals. Thank you for your consideration for running the extra miles for Children’s Colorado!

To learn more about our Foundation, visit www.childrenscoloradofoundation.org.

 

 

Children’s Tumor Foundation

The Children’s Tumor Foundation is dedicated to finding effective treatments for neurofibromatosis (or NF) by funding mission-critical research. Affecting 1 in 3000 people worldwide, NF causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body and may lead to blindness, deafness, bone abnormalities, disfigurement, learning disabilities, disabling pain, and cancer. In addition to benefiting those who live with NF, this research is shedding new light on several forms of cancer, brain tumors, bone abnormalities, and learning disabilities, ultimately benefiting the broader community. For more info, please visit www.ctf.org. To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please email Angela Dumadag at adumadag@ctf.org.

Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation

The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation (CCF) was established 15 years ago in Herriman, UT, by family members whose loved ones had
been diagnosed with bile duct cancer. Today, CCF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has grown to serve as a global leader in
the cholangiocarcinoma community by providing patient and caregiver education/support services, funding research, hosting a patient registry, accelerating collaboration, and organizing the largest multi-disciplinary international conference in the world solely focused on this rare and aggressive cancer. For more information, contact Meredith McGuffage meredith@cholangiocarcinoma.org.

 

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Cimarron Middle School

At Cimarron Middle School we build positive relationships to create a safe environment where all are challenged and empowered to reach their highest potential.  We emphasize respect for one another, strive for excellence, and show determination in all we do.  We challenge students to think for themselves, so they can succeed in their future.  For more information about our participation with the Colfax Marathon, contact Beau Davies, beau.davies@dcsdk12.org.

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City Youth Now

We’ve been around for 71 years, providing programs and services that promote stability, personal growth and long term success for youth with foster care and juvenile justice experience.

For more information visit www.cityyouthnow.org or email ronesha@cityyouthnow.org.

Cohen Veterans Bioscience

Cohen Veterans Bioscience is a non-profit 501(c)(3) biomedical research and technology organization dedicated to advancing brain health by fast-tracking precision diagnostics and tailored therapeutics.

We are participating in the 2021 Colfax marathon to bring awareness to the “Invisible Wounds of War” as too many of our nation’s service members and Veterans suffer and have suffered from brain trauma conditions, such post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Many do not receive the care they need with a lack of objective diagnostics and effective treatment that will make a meaningful difference. Not addressing these conditions results in both tremendous personal and economic costs as well as costs lives–both PTSD and TBI dramatically increase the risk of suicide. The current approach to brain trauma research is failing our Veterans and Servicemembers. We can and must do better. Learn more about our organization’s research & advocacy efforts. www.cohenveteransbioscience.org or email info@cohenbio.org.

Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation

Everyone deserves to play sports

The Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation assists in providing the funding necessary and awareness of programs that allow for people of all ages with a physical disability the opportunity to increase independence, improve self-confidence, and to socially integrate themselves through participation in structured team sports and competition. Through collaborations with local school districts and hospitals, we reach out to families that have children born with a disability and help inspire people that suffer a disabling accident to get out and enjoy the energy that participation in sports can bring. Visit www.coloradoadaptivesports.org and help us help hundreds of people live fuller lives.

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Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care

The mission of Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care is to optimize health outcomes among young people through
access to quality, integrated health care in schools. We work on ensuring that the 70 school-based health centers around Colorado are able to care for our children so they can attend school healthy and ready to learn. Support our work by donating today!
https://www.casbhc.org/donate

For more information about this organization and our relay teams, contact Executive Director, Aubrey Hill at hill@casbhc.org. You can also visit our website at www.casbhc.org

 

 

Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust

Colorado, from one generation to the next.

If you love Colorado’s wide open spaces, natural resources, pristine wildlife habitat, and western heritage, CCALT is the group to run for. CCALT partners with landowners across Colorado to conserve family farms and ranches. This conservation ensures that the land remains open, in agricultural production, and can be passed down to the next generation, benefiting all Coloradans. Since 1995, CCALT has partnered with more than 346 families across the state to protect more than 670,000 acres of productive agricultural land, wildlife habitat, and open space. Join us in running for Colorado’s open spaces and healthy places of today AND tomorrow!

To learn more about us, visit www.ccalt.org.

For more about working with us as a Colfax Marathon Charity Partner, contact Amber Pougiales, amber@ccalt.org.

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Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition

Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC) is the premier organization in Colorado advocating for disability rights. Our mission is to advocate for social justice for people with all types of disabilities (what we call a cross-disability). Members consist of people with disabilities and our non-disabled allies (coworkers, employers, family members, friends, and neighbors), all working together to support disability rights. Cross-disability means that we believe people with different types of disabilities have more in common than not and that we do best when we work together. We have the most power if all disability groups work together for a common good.

Our motto is “Nothing About Us Without Us.” Our community is resilient and we believe challenges can be met when we work together. We’re thrilled to join the Colfax Marathon and it’s mission.

For more information visit www.ccdconline.org or email info@ccdconline.org.

Colorado Firefighter Calendar

Colorado Firefighter Calendar is a non-profit organization that produces the official Colorado Firefighter Calendar to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital Burn Center. Firefighters from around the state contribute many hours to help raise funds, educate and increase awareness for the Children’s Hospital Colorado Burn Center and the Burn Camp Programs. These men and women represent one of the noblest professions and the calendars serve as a tribute to all firefighters and the people they help every day. Net proceeds received from the sale of calendars and special events directly benefit the Burn Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado and burn centers across the state. For more information about us, visit www.cofirefightercalendar.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Parisa Zohoori, pzohoori@cofirefightercalendar.org.

Colorado Harriers

The Colorado Harriers are a running club focused on improving distance race performance through structured team training and individual workouts. We welcome all runners of all abilities, with no mandatory dues or fees. We’re excited to be back for the 2021 Colfax Marathon races and relay.

For more information visit www.coloradoharriers.com or email coloradoharriers@gmail.com.

Colorado Japanese Chin Rescue

The Colorado Japanese Chin Rescue is a group of 100% unpaid volunteers dedicated to rehabilitating and re-homing Japanese Chins. We are licensed and in good standing with the Colorado Department of Agriculture (PACFA) and are a 501(c)3 IRS Charitable Organization.   Our dogs are never kept in a kennel or shelter environment. Instead, they are kept in our foster homes and treated like members of our families until we are able to find them their own special people. You can find our adoptable dogs at www. Cjcrescue.com

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Colorado Pet Pantry

Help pets stay with their loving families during hard financial times. The Colorado Pet Pantry temporarily feeds Colorado pets, allowing families to increase their ability to care for pets with the goal of keeping them out of shelters and in their homes. In 2018, our volunteers helped people-in-need to feed 1.8 million meals to hungry pets. The organization hosts 26 monthly pet food banks, as well as provides food and supplies to 70+ animal rescues, Veterans groups, domestic violence shelters, low-cost veterinarian clinics and low-income housing buildings. Due to our partnerships and volunteers, $5 feeds a pet for a month. For more about us, visit www.coloradopetpantry.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Eileen Lambert, eileen@coloradopetpantry.org.

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Colorado Professional Fire Fighters

The Colorado Professional Fire Fighters Foundation provides aid and support to Colorado Fire Fighters and their families if they are victims of a tragedy. The CPFF Foundation was founded in 2002 by Colorado Professional Fire Fighters who recognized the tremendous void left in the lives of their Brothers and Sisters in times of suffering. Many of these needs can go overlooked after a tragedy, and from this financial void, the purpose of the CPFF Foundation was forged. If you choose the CPFF Foundation as your charity partner you’ll be giving directly to Fire Fighter families in times of need.  For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Tyler Hecox, satirepro@gmail.com 

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Colorado Shibu Inu Rescue

Colorado Shiba Inu Rescue (COSIR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill organization dedicated to the rescue and rehoming of Shiba Inus, and Shiba Inu mixes, in Colorado.   While in rescue, all our dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, given heartworm prevention, and any/all veterinary care necessary to ensure they are healthy and ready for their forever homes.  We also provide post-adoption training for our younger dogs, and maintain a lifelong relationship of support with our alumni. We have an all volunteer staff who donate their free time to saving Shibas because of their love and appreciation for the breed.  For more information about our rescue visit: www.coloradoshibainurescue.org

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Colorado Vincentian Volunteers

Companions on the Journey

The Colorado Vincentian Volunteers is a community of faith and action. Twenty men and women ages 22-30 are recruited annually to accompany the poor, live in community, grow spiritually, and develop a deeper understanding of social justice and change. The volunteers serve homeless youth and adults, children in inner-city schools, the medically indigent, and economically disadvantaged people in need of emergency assistance. In the past 24 years, 353 volunteers have completed the program, and 68 non-profit agencies have received over 635,400 hours of volunteer service. To learn more or run with us, contact Bill and Mary Frances Jaster, cvv@covivo.org, 303-863-8141.

 

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Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame

Since 1985 the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame has inducted 172 women of various races, backgrounds, economic levels, career choices, political philosophies, and religious beliefs united by their outstanding contributions to society.

The lives of these extraordinary women are shining examples of what can be achieved with passion, commitment, spirit, and the willingness to stand tall in the face of obstacles. They are trailblazers, visionaries, women of courage, glass-ceiling breakers, innovators, and rule changers in all walks of life. Their contributions span Colorado’s colorful and storied history, reach to its four corners, and have spread to touch our nation and our world.

The mission of the Hall is to share these women’s stories to inspire girls and women, boys and men by the remarkable of achievements that have shaped Colorado, our country, and the world.

For more information visit cogreatwomen.org or email info@cogreatwomen.org.

Colorado Youth for a Change

Colorado Youth for a Change supports thousands of students each year across 17 school districts. Through our prevention programming, we’re helping children enter kindergarten ready to learn; we’re supporting children in reading on grade level by the end of third grade; and we’re walking alongside students to boost attendance and engagement in high school. Colorado Youth for a Change also reenrolls hundreds of students back in school each year after they’ve dropped out. We believe all students deserve a supportive pathway toward graduation.

For more information visit youthforachange.org or email JuliaH@youthforachange.org.

Confluence Ministries

Run with purpose and partner in the quest to empower families and schools in the West Colfax neighborhood affected by single parent challenges, poverty, violence, and illiteracy.

Confluence Ministries is a 501(c)3 non-profit outreach organization uniquely positioned to mobilize and empower people and organizations across Denver to pursue the wellbeing of the city. As a catalyst for collaboration we engage, connect and provide holistic service opportunities. Located in an at-risk area in West Colfax, Confluence Ministries offers programs such as English as a Second Language, GED Classes (in Spanish), tutoring for children, and MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). For more information about our charity partners team, contact Jeanette DeHerrera, jdeherrera@confluenceministries.org.

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Court Support JeffCo

Accountability in Action

Court Support JeffCo, formerly known as Rewired Colorado, is a charitable organization that provides financial and in-kind donations to the problem solving courts of Jefferson County Colorado for their participants. Because these courts tackle the specific drivers of an individual’s problem behavior and enforce a rigorous protocol with high levels of accountability, there are often basic needs or incentives that are not available through the existing support systems of traditional courts. By providing means beyond the traditional, Court Support JeffCo supports successes beyond the traditional. For more about us, visit www.courtsupportjeffco.org.  For more information about our involvement in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Graham Peper, graham@peperlawoffice.com.

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Craig Hospital Foundation

EMPOWERING THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WITH SPINAL CORD AND BRAIN INJURIES.

Join Team Craig to empower survivors of spinal cord and brain injuries! Craig Hospital is world renowned as a premier center for specialty rehabilitation and research for people with spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. Craig Hospital is a 93-bed, private, not-for-profit, free-standing long term acute care and rehabilitation hospital that provides a comprehensive system of inpatient and outpatient medical care, rehabilitation, neurosurgical rehabilitative care, and long-term follow up services. Craig provides housing for out-of-state families and outpatients, including the first 30 days free for families of new inpatients. Craig has a remarkable atmosphere and culture that is casual but professional, active and upbeat. For more information, contact Laura at llyons@craighospital.org or visit www.CraigHospital.org.

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

Team Challenge – Take the Challenge

Team Challenge is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation endurance training and fundraising program. With Team Challenge, you’ll find new strength inside yourself, and help find cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two painful, seldom-discussed and debilitating digestive diseases. With our 5k to Marathon Training Programs, you’ll train for a rewarding and exciting endurance event at one of our great destination races while raising vital funds for research into these diseases. These dollars will help make new treatments possible and fuel the search for cures. To learn more about joining us to run the Colfax Marathon contact Emily Tarletsky (etarletsky@crohnscolitisfoundation.org), call/text at 646-632-5363, or visit our website.

 

Cure HHT

The Cornerstone of the HHT Community

Cure HHT is the only 501(c)(3) global advocacy nonprofit organization committed to supporting patients and families who are impacted by an uncommon blood vessel disease called Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT). Roughly 1 in 5,000 people have HHT, but 90% of the population goes undiagnosed. This organization supports families, educates doctors, and works with scientists around the world to find a cure for HHT. The 2020 Denver Colfax HHT team is helping to raise awareness change the lives of those affected by HHT, and every dollar matters for this disease. To learn more about HHT and the 2020 Denver Colfax HHT team, visit www.curehht.org and for questions, email events@curehht.org.

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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Rocky Mountain Chapter

The CF Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis, and nearly every CF-specific drug available today was made possible with our financial support. We are a donor-funded, 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is fully accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB).  Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, sticky buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas, and other organs. For more about us, visit www.cff.org/rockymountain.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Molly Smith, mmsmith@cff.org.

Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s

Our mission is to help people with Parkinson’s live well today. We provide essential information, practical tools, and inspiration to people living with Parkinson’s. We fund early-phase, innovative research that focuses on exercise, speech, movement, and other factors that affect quality of life.

Over 35% of the Foundation’s revenue comes from Team DPF – our grassroots fundraising community that is made up of individuals who have a passion for helping improve the quality of life for people affected by Parkinson’s. Join us as part of Team DPF at the Colfax Marathon and help inspire others to live well today. Team DPF fundraisers run for a cause and can earn fun team swag like tshirts, tumblers, running apparel and branded Patagonia sweaters! For more information or to join Team DPF, email Rebecca Reifel at rreifel@dpf.org or visit www.teamdpf.org.

Denver Children’s Home

Denver Children’s Home restores hope and health to traumatized children and families through a comprehensive array of therapeutic, educational and community-based services. Our programs are designed to help children from Colorado and neighboring states take ownership of their treatment, understand their reactions and responses to life events, accept responsibility for their actions, control their behavior and develop coping mechanisms for difficulties beyond their control. To learn more about us, visit
www.denverchildrenshome.org or email info@denverchildrenshome.org.

 

Denver Fire Department Foundation

The mission of the Denver Fire Department Foundation (DFDF) is to support Denver’s Fire Department by providing public education, through efforts to improve firefighter safety and quality of life, and with direct resources to meet firefighter needs thereby improving public safety in the City and County of Denver. Most recently, DFDF raised funds to support a dedicated physical/occupational therapist. This program helps injured firefighters return to work within the safest, shortest amount of time possible. Physical therapy also helps firefighters with proactive programs to avoid injury. for more information about us and about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Laura Douglas, laura@denverfirefoundation.org.

Denver Health Foundation

The springboard for the health and well-being of everyone in Denver

Denver Health Foundation helps donors with diverse interests make a comprehensive impact on the health, social and economic well-being of the greater Denver area by supporting the exceptional care provided by Denver Health. For over 160 years, Denver Health has been at the center of health innovation, changing with the city as its challenges become more complex and its solutions more interrelated. Denver Health goes far beyond being a proud provider of emergency services for all and care for those with limited resources—it’s also a key community player in preventive care, children’s early care and learning, and addressing the social determinants of health. Join us to become the foundation of Denver’s health. Contact the Denver Health Foundation at 303-602-2971.

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Denver Inner City Parish (DICP)

The Denver Inner City Parish loves and supports individuals and families in our community, empowering them to break the cycle of poverty. We look forward to this in-person opportunity to have our community come together in a meaningful way!

For more information visit www.dicp.org or email communications@dicp.org.

Denver Justice and Peace Committee

The Denver Justice and Peace Committee (DJPC) is a grassroots organization, that has been promoting human rights, economic, and environmental justice through education and nonviolent activism for four decades in the Denver area. Standing in solidarity with communities seeking justice in  Latin America, supporting the struggles of indigenous people to maintain their cultural integrity while interacting with the broader world. To learn more about DJPC visit our website www.denjustpeace.org  To learn more about our participation in the Marathon contact Rebeca Zuniga at djpc@denjustpeace.org or call 303-623.1463.

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Denver Kids

Denver Kids empowers students to positively shape their lives, successfully complete high school, and pursue post-secondary options. For more information about Denver Kids, please visit www.denverkids.org. To learn more about our Denver Kids charity partner program, please contact Kendal Osborn, Kendal_Osborn@dpsk12.org.

Denver Public Schools Foundation

DPS Foundation is the strategic fundraising partner for Denver Public Schools. Powered by the generosity of our donors, we have demonstrated the power of public education and impacted the lives of students across DPS for more than a quarter of a century. We engage our community, educators and DPS to accelerate progress and we help to find the most impactful ways to empower teachers, fuel engaged learning, and support students and their families. Some of our programs include career development classes, afterschool programs, A to Z Fund classroom grants for teachers, and middle school sports. Our goal is to help make sure every student, in every school, has the tools and resources to reach their fullest potential. To learn about our Colfax Marathon nonprofit partners program, contact Libby Hodgin at (720) 423-3585. For more information visit, www.dpsfoundation.org.

Denver Scholarship Foundation

Making college possible for thousands of students in our community.

Denver Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2006 to address the wide recognition that many of our community’s students face multiple barriers to enrolling in postsecondary education and completing a certificate or degree. Today, DSF serves 21 Denver Public Schools high schools through 14 on-site Future Centers, and partners with 31 post-secondary institutions in Colorado, including technical and community colleges, and universities. Our nationally recognized, three-part approach to student success intertwines college access, promise based scholarships, and college success. We strive to inspire and empower Denver Public Schools students to enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions of higher education, by providing the tools, knowledge, and financial resources essential for success. For more information about us, visit www.denverscholarship.org. To join our charity partner program, contact Caroline Glynn Neal, Communications Manager, cneal@denverscholarship.org.

Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo is a leader in connecting people to the awe and importance of wild animals while providing unparalleled care, educational experiences, and local and global conservation efforts that help save wild places and wildlife. Our more than 350 employees and 600 volunteers passionately support our mission everyday: Secure a Better World for Animals Through Human Understanding. We invite you to join us for a memorable day with your family exploring our more than 84 beautifully landscaped acres on the north end of Denver’s City Park. Or, if you share our passion and vision, please become a member or donor so our animals and staff can continue their work on behalf of wild animals and wild places around the world. For questions about our participation in the Charity Partner program, please contact Veronica Scofield at AScofield@denverzoo.org.

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Developmental Pathways

Developmental Pathways is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency serving individuals with developmental disabilities/delays and their families. We passionately believe inclusion is for everyone.

For more information visit dpcolo.org or email g.kennedy@dpcolo.org.

Dora Moore E-8 School

Dora Moore has been a neighborhood school for 128 years and is the oldest school in Denver. Serving the Capitol Hill neighborhood, we service 350 students in grades ECE-8th.  Our community is just as diverse the neighborhood we serve. Our students are engaged, focused, and love their learning. We focus on the whole child and work hard to develop both academic and social emotional needs. With this diversity comes a diverse need in our school for support. We know we can’t do it alone.  The support from our community is essential for our success. Thank you for being apart of our community and supporting our students!!  For more information please visit doramoore.dpsk12.org, or email: Lara Wiant @ lara_wiant@dpsk12.org.  Tours of our school are available every Friday at 10am or by appointment.

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Environmental Learning for Kids

INSPIRE, EDUCATE, TRANSFORM.

Environmental Learning for Kids’ (ELK) overarching dream is to remove barriers and provide all youth with educational opportunities. ELK is an inclusive non-profit organization that develops inspired and responsible leaders through science education, outdoor experiences, and lasting mentor relationships for under-represented youth ages 5-25. As a multiple year Colfax Marathon Charity Partner, we would be honored for you to join our awesome team of runners! To join our team, simply select Environmental Learning for Kids as your charity partner during race registration. For questions about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Christina Hoffman at choffman@elkkids.org. To learn more about ELK programs and happenings, please visit our website at www.ELKkids.org.

 

 

Epic Experience

We have FUN! Epic Experience offers laughter, excitement and friends to adult cancer survivors through an Epic Experience.  Epic Experience offers hope to adult cancer survivors by offering a free week-long outdoor adventure camp in the beautiful state of Colorado.  We bring survivors together and offer them community and a new challenge, such as cross country skiing and white water adventures.  Epic Experience was founded in 2012 and has had an amazing response from Cancer Thrivers and their families when they return home.  To learn more about Epic Experience please visit www.epicexperience.org.  We hope you will run with us and join our fun team.  Please contact Nancy Ferro,  nancyf@epicexperience.org,   720 431 7621.

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Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado & Wyoming

The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado & Wyoming is the leader in empowering, connecting, and educating to improve the lives of everyone affected by epilepsy. The Foundation leads the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. Epilepsy is a common neurological condition that causes seizures which can affect a variety of mental and physical functions. One out of 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy in his or her lifetime. The Foundation offers a wide range of programs for our community including our internationally recognized summer camps for children with epilepsy, adult and teen support groups, Seizure Safety School presentations, advocacy initiatives, first responder training, and our holistic mental health program. To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact admin@epilepsycolorado.org or visit www.EpilepsyColorado.org.

Extreme Community Makeover

Extreme Community Makeover coordinates volunteer teams to partner with Denver residents to improve their own homes and neighborhoods. These projects build safer environments; cultivate community among residents, neighborhoods, and networks of local resource providers; and connect residents to a permanent path towards healthy, hopeful, and stable lives.

For more information visit www.extremecommunitymakeover.org or email angela@extremecommunitymakeover.org.

 

Family Tree

Family Tree is a non-profit human services agency providing innovative, life-changing services designed to end child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. Our partnership with the Colfax Marathon allows us to share the work of Family Tree but also join in the initiative of encouraging and participating in community wellness activities.

For more information email cmartines@thefamilytree.org or visit www.thefamilytree.org.

Fetal Health Foundation

Fetal Health Foundation supports families receiving a fetal syndrome diagnosis, funds life-saving research, increases fetal syndrome awareness, and shares leading medical information on fetal syndromes.  Over 800,000 pregnancies in the United States yearly are affected by a fetal syndromatic issue. Sadly, over 200 babies a day die from complications due to these conditions.  The Fetal Health Foundation is the only organization to provide support, awareness, and fund research on all fetal syndromes.  We work to provide the HOPE so many families need during a diagnosis.  For more information about us, visit www.fetalhealthfoundation.org.  To learn more about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Lonnie Somers, lonnie@fetalhope.org.

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Firefighters of Aurora Benevolent Fund, Inc.

The Firefighters of Aurora Benevolent Fund, Inc. (FABF) was established in 2012 after the untimely and tragic death of firefighter Jason Murphy.  The fund is for firefighters and their families to be used in times of need and support due to death or illness.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Tony Tousley, atousley@aurora.gov.

Focus Reentry

We support people leaving incarceration and returning to the community. It is our belief that everyone deserves a second chance. We are participating in the 2021 Colfax Marathon to raise awareness for criminal justice reform in our community.

For more information visit www.focusreentry.org or email molly@focusreentry.org.

Food Bank of the Rockies

Fighting Hunger and Feeding Hope since 1978

One in 10 Coloradans and 1 in 6 Colorado children worry where they’ll find their next meal. Food Bank of the Rockies works to end hunger in our community and help struggling families thrive. More than 134,000 meals a day are share through our programs and partner agencies. Every dollar raised becomes four meals for our neighbors in need. Learn more about us and how you can create your own fundraising page to email to your friends and family, so they can join with you to fight hunger and feed hope!

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Foundation for Douglas County Schools

Expanding Educational Opportunities for Students.

The Foundation for Douglas County Schools works to enrich student experience and promote innovation by engaging our community in supporting students. The Foundation makes targeted investments in Douglas County schools and programs to accelerate student achievement and skill development, encourage and develop great teachers, and expand community involvement in our schools. Thanks to the support of our donors and community, we have succeeded in raising over $40 million dollars since 2010, supporting over 85 parent-driven, volunteer-based chapters, and engaging more than 7250 children and teachers in educational events and programs. To learn about our Colfax Marathon charity partners program, contact Stacey Briggs at stacey.briggs@dcsdk12.org. For more information, visit www.foundationdcs.org

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Friends of Paha

A nonprofit board building awareness for Camp Paha, inspiring compassion in the community to support campers with disabilities and their families.

Friends of Paha raises money to support Camp Paha, a summer camp for children and young adults with disabilities run by the City of Lakewood. Without this camp, many of these campers would be stuck at home for the summer. This camp is life changing for campers and their families because it provides the opportunity for campers to build life skills, independence, friendships and fun in a safe and nurturing environment. Camp Paha provides an opportunity to participate in aquatics, sports, nature & science, music & drama, outdoor activities, and arts & crafts along with field trips into the community. This is the only camp of its kind in the Denver metro area. Programs are provided for campers with all disability types: developmental, physical, emotional, behavioral, and learning.

Email us at info@friendsofpaha.org or visit friendsofpaha.org.

Girls on the Run of the Rockies

AT GIRLS ON THE RUN, THE FINISH LINE IS JUST THE BEGINNING. 

Girls on the Run is an after school empowerment program for girls in 3rd-8th grade – giving them skills and experiences to navigate their world confidently and to unleash thgo teameir limitless potential!  We teach girls life skills through a curriculum of engaging lessons and fun running activities. At each season’s conclusion, the girls complete a celebratory 5k run that gives them a lifelong memory of accomplishment. Visit www.girlsontherunrockies.org to learn more! To run with us, contact Karen MacFarquhar, karen.macfarquhar@girlsontherun.org

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GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer

Participate with GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer’s endurance team and help raise funds for lung cancer research, legislative advocacy and patient/caregiver support services.

As a team member, you will receive race training and fundraising support as you work toward your goal of completing a marathon or half marathon race and toward your goal of impacting patient lives NOW!

For more information click here or email ssmedley@go2foundation.org.

GO4GRAHAM

Moving for Mental Health

GO4GRAHAM is a movement for mental health. It is a group of runners, bikers, and activists who are raising awareness and fighting the stigma of depression. GO4GRAHAM supports the University of Colorado Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center and their groundbreaking work. It was created to honor our brother, friend, and son, Graham Stingley, who suffered from depression throughout his short yet profound life. Graham died at the age of 23 from a drug interaction with his depression medication. To learn more about us, visit www.go4graham.org. For more information about our participation with the Colfax marathon, contact Will Stingley, wstingley@gmail.com.

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GoodTurn Cycles

GoodTurn Cycles is a full service electric bike shop located in Littleton. Through our product selection we help people become reacquainted with the joys and health benefits of bicycling. 

GoodTurn Cycles is much more than the products that we sell. GoodTurn Cycles is a nonprofit enterprise that provides paid work experience to young people who have barriers to employment. Our interns receive direct job skills training in our electric bike shop, learning how to service and repair traditional and e-bikes. They also receive coaching on employability traits that are valuable in any job setting. The youth we work with have a number of barriers to gaining traditional employment, including homelessness, refugee status, mental health conditions, as well as students on the autism spectrum. 

Learn more at goodturncycles.org or visit our store in Aspen Grove for e-bike sales, rentals, service, and tours. For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Adam Taylor, adam@goodturncycles.org

Haven of Hope

Since 1998, we have been serving those in need in any way we can. We are a day shelter located at 1101 W 7th Ave, Denver, CO 80204. We open our doors to everyone M-F from 7am – 1pm and weekends from 8 am – noon. Our guests are welcome to take a private shower, shop our clothing & gear bank, eat a hot meal and take along a to go meal for later.

We offer a variety of ancillary services such as Outreach Court, eye clinic, dental services, massage therapy, physical therapy, and counseling. Stout Street Mobile Medical Clinic parks on our corner every Tuesday to meet our guest’s medical needs and Regis University Health Care Interns come once a month to provide needed wound care. Denver Human Services, Denver Health, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Denver Mental Health Care all come to our shelter to ensure our guests have access to any benefits they may need and qualify for.

Haven of Hope does an excellent job serving our guests while preserving their dignity by service without judgement, but we don’t just stop there, our program called Fresh Tracks, provides a way for willing and able guests to return to self-sufficiency. With occupational/behavioral assessments and counseling to help determine their individual path, we then provide the education and career training needed to get them into workforce. During their participation in Fresh Tracks, they also work towards establishing themselves as an impactful member of society, establishing bank accounts, learning good financial management skills and most importantly, securing housing for themselves.

For more information thoh.org or email info@thoh.org.

Haymakers for Hope

Haymakers for Hope is a 501c3 non-profit that raises money for cancer research, awareness, survivorship and care, through boxing
and running events.

For more information visit www.haymakersforhope.org/ or email brian@haymakersforhope.org.

 

High Line Canal Conservancy

Connecting Communities – Connecting Nature  – from the foothills to the plains

At 71 miles long, the High Line Canal is one of the longest continuous urban trails in the country, twisting through the most populated area of Colorado while crossing a diverse mosaic of communities and nature. Originally built to deliver irrigation water to fields and farms, today it serves as a unique ecological and recreational corridor connecting communities to one another and to nature. The High Line Canal Conservancy is a nonprofit representing the passionate community dedicated to protecting, preserving and enhancing the historic 71-mile Canal in partnership with the public. To support our mission, select High Line Canal Conservancy as your charity partner during race registration. For questions about our participation in the Colfax Marathon please contact Michelle Freeman at michelle@highlinecanal.org. To learn more about the Conservancy, ways to get involved or make a donation, visit our website at www.highlinecanal.org

 

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Home Builders Foundation

The mission of the Home Builders Foundation is to build independence, provide opportunities and elevate lives for individuals and families with disabilities in our community. The HBF enhances the quality of life for its recipients and helps them remain in their own home with dignity and independence. While each modification is different for every recipient, the results are the same – each individual has the opportunity to live their life to the fullest. The HBF completes the changes at no cost to recipients in the 8-county Denver metro area and relies on its network of volunteers and supporters for in-kind contributions and donations.

For more information visit www.hbfdenver.org or email lknudsen@hbfdenver.org.

Houses for Warriors

Houses for Warriors is a tax-exempt 501©(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting our nation’s military veterans who are in need. We offer real estate solutions and resources to homeless and injured veterans to include: transitional housing and life skills programs, affordable housing options, we rebuild homes for disabled veterans and help connect our Warriors to the resources available to them. It is our honor to serve our Warriors that have sacrificed so much for our country.

We are currently in Stage 1 of fundraising for its flagship project in the Denver, Colorado area – The Warrior House Program. The Program is designed to provide stable housing for transitioning homeless and at-risk veterans. Not only will the Warrior House give veterans the opportunity to live with dignity and independence, the house will be a hub for veteran resources – providing everything from job training to help accessing VA benefits to those who live there.

If you’d like to get the word out about your race and support our mission by fundraising, please contact Andrew at andrew@housesforwarriors.org for more information. The funds you raise help us to put our program into action, and we are so grateful you’ve chosen our organization as your charity partner.

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Imagination Library of Denver

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a free, high-quality book program for children . Each month, we mail one one age-appropriate book until a child’s fifth birthday. As an early childhood literacy program, Imagination Library want to ensure every child has books in the home, regardless of the family’s income.  Our goal is to expand our service area to all children in Denver and to increase kindergarten readiness.  For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Sara Randall, sara@imaginationlibrarydenver.org.

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JDRF Mountain West Chapter

JDRF has one goal: to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). We are leading the fight by funding research, advocating for policies that accelerate access to new therapies, and providing a support network for millions of people around the world impacted by T1D. T1D is an autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent it, and, at present, there is no cure. Join Team JDRF to fight for a world without type 1 diabetes and help make a cure a reality. For more information, visit www.jdrf.org/mountainwest or contact Dana Slack at dslack@jdrf.org or 303-304-3087.

Jeffco Human Services Foundation

Jeffco Human Services Foundation is a nonprofit created to incubate and promote innovations that fuel prosperity for all families. One of the programs directly impacted by our effort is Jeffco Prosperity Partners (JPP), a community supporting families moving from poverty to prosperity through a multi-generation approach – students to diploma and parents to self-defined prosperity. Our goal is to break the cycle of generational poverty through services that focus on economic stability, education, employment, health and wellness, and social capital.

For more information email rdunaway@jeffco.us or visit www.jeffco.us/2717/Jeffco-Human-Services-Foundation.

Jeffco Schools Foundation

Big Ideas.  Bright Futures.

The Jeffco Schools Foundation has provided innovative resources to the 86,000 students and 12,000 employees of Jeffco Public Schools since 1983. Last year, the Foundation partnered with more than 200 schools and community organizations to make sure all students have access to a world-class education, including programs that expand after school and summer opportunities, improve student career and college readiness, promote early literacy, recognize outstanding students and employees and much, much more. To join our Charity Partner running group or to register a Jeffco team, contact Mary Junta at mjunta@jeffco.k12.co.us. To learn more about the Jeffco Schools Foundation, please visit www.jeffcoschoolsfoundation.org.

Judi’s House – JAG Institute

Hope and Healing for Grieving Children and Families

Judi’s House was founded on the belief that all bereaved children and families should have access to effective and compassionate care. Former NFL quarterback Brian Griese was just 12 years old when his mother, Judi, died from breast cancer. Brian and his wife, Brook Griese, PhD, a clinical child psychologist specializing in trauma and loss, founded Judi’s House in her memory in 2002. The mission of Judi’s House is to help children and families grieving a death find connection and healing, while JAG Institute helps further this mission through comprehensive research and training initiatives. Judi’s House has supported more than 11,000 youth, ages 3-25, and caregivers, toward its vision that no child should be alone in grief.

For more information visit judishouse.org or email development@judishouse.org.

Karis Community

Healing is possible today.

Karis Community uses a community-oriented, peer-led approach that enables adults (21+) recovering from serious and persistent mental illness to restore basic life skills, improve relationships and social well-being, and transition to independent living. Karis is the least restrictive environment for mental health programming. Since 1976, Karis has occupied a critical place within the broader continuum of treatment providers in Colorado, offering residential care to individuals who may not be appropriate for in-patient treatment but are not yet ready to live independently. Karis is the only therapeutic community of its kind in the region and one of only a few nationwide. We serve over 100 individuals each year, including Community Members and the Alumni Group. Nearly all our residents arrive with significant trauma histories, and many experience co-occurring substance use disorders. Recovery goals typically include reducing symptoms, learning coping strategies, developing life skills, and restoring the capacity to engage in healthy relationships with others. The result has been an exceptionally high number of residents who achieve long-term independence and improved quality of life.

Visit www.kariscommunity.org or contact Lisa Andersson, Director of Development and Communications, for more information.

Latina SafeHouse

Walk, jog, and/or run with Latina SafeHouse!

The mission of the Latina SafeHouse is to provide bilingual and culturally sensitive services to Latinx survivors of domestic violence
and their families.

Our staff is fluent in Spanish and provides compassionate, caring and culturally responsive services through case management,
advocacy, and direct victim services. If you would like to keep in touch, make sure to follow us on social media and subscribe to our
newsletter, “El Pajarito.”

We look forward to walking, jogging, and running beside you this fall!

For more information visit www.latinasafehouse.org or email events@latinasafehouse.org.

Latinas First Foundation

Established in 2011 the Latinas First Foundation was created to provide a critical network and support for Latinas to reach their highest potential. The organization provides scholarships, mentorship and networking opportunities, and honors Latina Trailblazers and Unsung Heroines. Latinas First is focused on the cultural and historical contributions of Latinas to the state of Colorado and strives to herald a new generation of professional Latinas who will contribute to our communities.

For more information visit latinasfirst.org or email Executive Director Dr. Judi Diaz Bonacquisti at judi@latinasfirst.org.

League of Women Voters of Colorado

The League of Women Voters of Colorado empowers voters and defends democracy through nonpartisan education and advocacy to ensure every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge, and the confidence to participate in our democracy as an informed voter. Since its inception in 1920, the League of Women Voters has remained nonpartisan, never endorsing or opposing political parties or candidates. We believe issues and legislation remain above partisan politics and we promote inclusion for greater citizen involvement. The League of Women Voters is a trusted voice for nonpartisan voter information.

For more information visit www.lwvcolorado.org or email bhendrix@lwvcolorado.org.

Littleton Public Schools Foundation

Strong Schools; Strong Community

Providing a quality education for every child is at the forefront of our purpose and we are committed to generating financial resources and building community partnerships that enhance student and staff success in all of our 22 neighborhood schools. In existence since 1991, we’ve provided over $5 million in funding to Littleton Public Schools and have made an impact in every school and all subjects, including the areas of the arts, STEM and physical education.  The LPS Foundation is focused on connecting industry, business and community to education and building long-standing partnerships that will benefit all students and inspire future generations. To join our Charity Partner running team or to register a relay team, please contact Beth Best at 303.347.3478.  To learn more about the Littleton Public Schools Foundation, please visit www.LPSFoundation.com

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Love Takes Root

Cultivating the future of children worldwide.

LOVE Takes Root is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating the future of children worldwide. We help children around the world facing dire circumstances by delivering basic aid, education, and the seeds for a sustainable future. In 2011, we were called to Haiti where we relocated and rebuilt an orphanage reduced to rubble by the 2010 earthquake. For sustainability, we also built a primary school, secondary school and medical/dental clinic.  LOVE Takes Root is an Iowa-based, volunteer-led, grassroots organization that embraces the values of hard work, neighborliness, and compassion. We encourage you to join us in our mission by becoming a ROOTS Runner and joining a dedicated group of givers who pound the pavement, raising funds for our mission while training for and racing a half-marathon or marathon. To learn more about us, please visit www.lovetakesroot.org. To learn more about our involvement in the Colfax Marathon, contact Lindsey Lavely, lindseylavely12@gmail.com.

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Make-A-Wish® Colorado

Make-A-Wish® Colorado creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. Founded as one of the first Make-A-Wish chapters in 1983, Make-A-Wish Colorado has granted over 5,785 wishes to children across the state of Colorado. For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit wish.org/colorado or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @wishcolorado. To join our Charity Partners team,
contact Patti Forsythe at pforsythe@colorado.wish.org or call 303-750-9474.

Malas for Tatas

Our Mission: Through the creation and sales of prayer malas, Malas for Tatas helps women with breast cancer afford alternative, holistic treatments that ease uncomfortable symptoms and supplement cancer treatment. Additionally, we aim to provide support, education, and community to our recipients and their family and friends.

Visit www.malasfortatas.org for more information or donate at https://www.malasfortatas.org/checkout/donate?donatePageId=5cef067ad2206c0001f929ef

Mental Health Center of Denver

We are a place for recovery, resilience and well-being, known as a model for innovative community behavioral health care. Through multiple community sites and collaborations with partnerships, we provide treatment, prevention, outreach and crisis services to children, families and adults. Support us by running with our team this Colfax Marathon.

For more information visit mhcd.org or email amanda.degruccio@mhcd.org.

Mercy Ministries

HELP HEALING HAPPEN

 

Mercy Ministries provides trauma healing programs for Romanian orphanage survivors and others suffering from complex developmental trauma. Our evidence-based program incorporates body-focused regulation techniques, mindfulness practices, and long term, committed mentoring relationships that help young people heal from early childhood trauma, develop emotional self-regulation, and begin to replace internalized shame with self-compassion and hope. We also provide training in trauma-competent care to adoptive and foster parents and other non-profit partners. For more information or to inquire about our training, please visit www.embracemercy.org. For information about our participation in the Charity Partners Program, please contact Kyndra at kyndra.gallegos@kw.com

 

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Metropolitan State University of Denver Foundation

Come Run with Us!  MSU Denver is transforming lives, communities and higher education by providing access to high-quality educational opportunities in an inclusive environment that prepares students for lifelong success in the Denver community and beyond.  Your support, paired with the lowest tuition of all Colorado four-year public institutions, provides life-changing experiences for our students as they pursue their educational goals. Because of you, our students continue to benefit from small classroom sizes and a low student-to-faculty ratio, increasing student retention and graduation rates. Together, we are transforming lives. Contact Brandi Rideout to join our Charity Partner team, brideout@msudenver.edu.

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Mile High United Way

We are the hand-raisers, the game changers. For more than 130 years, Mile High United Way has united the full force of the community to fight for the education, health, and financial stability for everyone in Metro Denver. Our mission is to unite people, ideas, and resources to advance the common good.

For more information email volunteer@unitedwaydenver.org

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Mirror Image Arts

Mirror Image Arts passion and purpose are to DISRUPT the School-to-Prison Pipeline through the power of theatre. We work with and for young people in schools and juvenile justice centers. We work to build moments where social-emotional growth can happen and where young people can express themselves and their emotions through creativity, imagination, problem-solving, and play. To learn more about us, visit www.MirrorImageArts.org. For info on joining our Charity Partners team, contact Theresa at t.mazza@mirrorimagearts.org.

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Montbello Children’s Network

The Montbello Children’s Network, launched in the 2017-18 school year, is comprised of Montbello community schools, McGlone Academy and John H. Amesse Elementary. Our network coordination and ability to effectively deliver services through aligned practices and priorities is enhanced by both our proximity and our commitment to improving opportunities and outcomes for our shared Montbello students and community.  This network allows families, community members, and educators of Montbello to authentically address the issues and concerns of the neighborhood, while simultaneously improving educational outcomes for kids and strengthening the community as a whole.  We are creating change from within and empowering our own community because these are our kids.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Brittany Bell, Brittany_Bell@dpsk12.org.

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Morgan Adams Foundation

The Morgan Adams Foundation funds kids’ cancer research. We raise awareness of, and educate our communities about, the need for pediatric and young adult specific cancer treatments.

With the support of the Colfax Marathon participants, we can continue to give more than hope to kids with cancer!

For more information visit www.morganadamsfoundation.org or email kandace@morganadamsfoundation.org.

Mount Saint Vincent

For more than 135 years, Mount Saint Vincent has cared for Colorado kids. First as an orphanage and now as a child services provider, we help children who have been abused, neglected, or suffer from mental illness. Our innovative service offerings include residential and day treatment, foster care services, K-8 instruction, community training, in-home therapy, short-term stabilization, early childhood education, and clinical assessments. Mount Saint Vincent implements a developmentally sensitive approach that reflects the most up-to-date research about the impact of trauma on young children and what they need to begin to cope and eventually thrive. For more information about our participation in the Colfax marathon, contact Caleigh Isaacks at cisaacks@msvhome.org or visit us at www.msvhome.org.

Move for Hunger

Move For Hunger is a national non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way to reduce food waste and fight hunger. We have mobilized the leaders of moving, relocation, and multi-family industries to provide their customers, clients, and residents with the opportunity to donate their food when they move. Members of Move For Hunger also organize community food drives, participate in awareness campaigns, and create employee engagement programs.  For more information about us, visit www.moveforhunger.org.  To join our charity partner team, contact Margo Cianchetta,  Margo@moveforhunger.org.

For race team information visit: moveforhunger.org/race-calendar/colfax-marathon

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National Alliance on Mental Illness – Colorado

National Alliance on Mental Illness Colorado (NAMI) is dedicated to building communities of recovery and hope by educating, supporting and advocating for individuals affected by mental illness and their families. NAMI Colorado provides: free education classes about mental illness to the community; support groups for those with mental illness and their families; and political advocacy for all concerned. For more information on how NAMI helps visit www.namicolorado.org and to learn more about our Colfax Marathon charity partner program, contact Ray Merenstein at 303-321-3104.

National MS Society

The National MS Society helps each person affected by MS in our area address the challenges of living with MS. We help by raising funds for cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education and providing programs and services that empower people with MS and their families to move their lives forward.

We offer many programs — including professional counseling and peer facilitated support groups, educational programs and seminars, referrals to neurologists and healthcare professionals, national teleconferences and internet programs, services for the homebound, and social and recreational programs to assist people with MS and their families in leading productive and fulfilling lives.

Our community support helps to fund our local programs and accelerate worldwide research projects to ensure no opportunity is wasted. Generosity can come from anywhere. We are thankful to our members and their friends, corporate partners and the general public who help us raise the money to move us closer to a world free of MS.

Learn more about starting your own fundraising campaign with us or contact Christina at Christina.carro@nmss.org or 303.698.5433 for more information.

No Kill Colorado

No Kill Colorado wants Colorado to be the safest state for homeless pets.

No Kill Colorado is an advocacy organization that works with shelters and rescues and the public to save all healthy and treatable pets in Colorado. Our mission is to make Colorado the safest place for homeless pets. Please join our No Kill Colorado team to help us spread awareness for homeless animals in need and to raise money in order for us to assist in the facilitation of any programs and services needed to save lives in Colorado!  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Jessi Harris, jessi@nokillcolorado.org.

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Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS) trains, educates, and mobilizes professional quality photographers to provide beautiful heirloom portraits to families facing the untimely death of an infant. We believe these images serve as an important step in the family’s healing process by honoring the child’s legacy. In addition, NILMDTS provides seven Remembrance Walks across the country for parents, family members, and friends to come together to remember a precious baby who has died due to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, neonatal or any type of pregnancy or infant loss. For more information on NILMDTS or to sign up to volunteer visit, www.nilmdts.org.

Parkinson’s Foundation

The Parkinson’s Foundation works to make life better for people with Parkinson’s disease through expert care and research. Our endurance program, called Parkinson’s Champions, is an opportunity for runners with a connection to Parkinson’s (and living with Parkinson’s) to raise funds and awareness for our mission.

We are a national organization but support local Colorado communities through our Rocky Mountain Chapter, our Center of Excellence the University of Colorado Movement Disorders Center, community grants, and awareness events. We are proudly participating in the 2021 Colfax Marathon to help make life better for the 11,540 people living with Parkinson’s in Colorado.

For more information visit www.parkinson.org or email champions@parkinson.org.

PawsCo

Do what you can, when you can.

PawsCo is a 501(c)3 animal welfare organization based in Denver, Colorado.

PawsCo is dedicated to reducing pet homelessness by keeping animals in their homes through partnering with the Food Bank of the Rockies for a year round Pet Food Drive, and serving as a partner to shelters and rescues to foster the most in-need animals – those animals not thriving in a shelter setting. PawsCo is a volunteer run organization committed to collaboration, education, and efficient operation.

Visit www.pawsco.org for more information about us.  To learn more about our charity partner team, contact Tiana Nelson, tiana@pawscoadoptions.org.

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PCs for People

Through electronic reuse PCs for People provides the opportunity for all low-income individuals and nonprofits to benefit from the life changing impact of computers and mobile internet. Founded in 1998, PCs for People is a national leader in digital inclusion. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, every project, program and initiative at PCs for People is centered on getting low-cost computers and affordable broadband internet into the homes of low-income individuals. As a R2 certified recycler, PCs for People has the highest certification for environmental stewardship. We are one of two in Colorado with both the R2 and NAID AAA certifications.

For more information visit pcsforpeople.org or email denverinfo@pcsforpeople.org.

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Project C.U.R.E.

Since 1987, Project C.U.R.E has been delivering life-saving medical equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics throughout the under-resourced world. We are the world’s largest distributor of donated medical relief—touching the lives of children and families in more than 130 countries.

On average, each week Project C.U.R.E. delivers three to five semi-truck sized containers packed with the medical equipment and supplies so desperately needed by local hospitals and clinics.

Each year, hundreds of healthcare professionals travel with Project C.U.R.E to provide medical treatment to communities in need and training to those dedicated to serving them.

We’re focused on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and Ebola. We also work alongside health experts to treat victims of earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters as well as societal crises.

At the heart of Project C.U.R.E. are people like you who are willing to get involved. Together we can change the world!

Learn how you can get more involved:

Contact: Director of Special Events, Jeffri S. Mulder, jeffrimulder@projectcure.org

Webpage: https://projectcure.org/get-involved

Project Inti

We provide aid and education to low-income Peruvian families and communities.

Our team has a love for the mountains, helping and healing people, and inspiring others to embrace the indigenous culture of Peru. Some of our past initiatives have included teaching Leave No Trace principles to porters of the Inca trail, disease prevention and basic hygiene, basic first aid, and assisting in manual therapies to children with disabilities. Contact Angie Parris-Raney, angie.projectinti@gmail.com. More information, visit www.projectinti.org.

Project PAVE

For 35 years, PAVE has worked to end violence in our community by empowering youth to build healthy relationships. To do this, we offer therapy & family supports to youth survivors of violence and violence prevention education & youth leadership programming to middle and high school students across the Denver Metro. When you run for PAVE, you raise awareness of violence and help us all move closer to communities filled with healthy relationships!

For more information visit www.projectpave.org or email info@projectpave.org.

Project Purple

Last year pancreatic cancer surpassed breast cancer and became the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. It is more important than ever that we continue to work hard towards reversing this trend.  Our mission at Project Purple is to find a cure for pancreatic cancer and to improve the lives of patients through support, hope and compassion. The money raised for Project Purple helps us fulfill our mission statement by funding 2 major programs.   Project Purple provides funding for critical pancreatic cancer research. Thanks to our donors we are helping fund research for an early detection test for pancreatic cancer. There is currently no form of early detection for this deadly form of cancer. The best odds at survival come when the disease is caught in its earliest stages. We also fund studies which seek effective methods to treat this deadly disease. We also recognize there are patients who are fighting pancreatic cancer right now and they need our help. Project Purple assists current patients through our Patient Financial Aid program. We also provide patients with Blankets of Hope care packages. We believe no one should this battle on their own.  Though the five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer stands at just 9%, we know that with your help we can make our vision of a world without pancreatic cancer a reality! To learn more here is the link for our Colfax page: http://www.projectpurple.org/event/2019-colfax-marathon/.

Project Worthmore

Project Worthmore works to restore worth to our refugee neighbors through the heart of our community.  Every family we serve has a unique story, a steadfast courage and a resilience to survive and rebuild their lives in Colorado.  We provide programs that foster community, self-sufficiency and increase quality of life among Denver-area refugees.  Started as a makeshift response to the unmet needs of our refugee neighbors in 2009, we have grown to offer a variety of programs and services including English language classes, citizenship classes, a community-run food access program, a refugee training farm, a five-chair dental clinic, and access to Community Navigators and Family Partners.  For more about us, visit www.projectworthmore.org.  For more about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Erika Bodor, erika@projectworthmore.org.

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Ralston House

Ralston House is a child advocacy center providing forensic interviews to children and youth who have been physically or sexually abused or who have witnessed violent crime.  The interviews are conducted in a warm and welcoming house-like setting.  Ralston House works closely with the District Attorney’s offices, police and social services.  All services are provided free of charge.  Ralston House serves the 1st and 17th Judicial Districts (Jefferson, Gilpin, Adams and Broomfield counties).  To learn more, visit ralstonhouse.net or contact Tara Roesener at troesener@arvada.org.

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Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation

Assisting Coloradans in Cancer Treatment

Across Colorado, people in cancer treatment struggle to meet their basic needs: food, housing, prescriptions, and transportation. Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation responds to the urgent needs of Coloradans with cancer by providing financial assistance with dignity and humanity. Our applicants are in dire financial straits, many with no income due to loss of work as a result of treatment. The unrestricted financial assistance we provide is unique and personal, respecting grantees’ need to manage their own funds and expense priorities. Learn more about our story at www.rayofhopecolorado.org and join us to Run for Ray by contacting Audra Fleming at afleming@rayofhopecolorado.org

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Richard Lambert Foundation

The Richard Lambert Foundation Family Grief & Healing Center located in Brighton, Colorado, offers a variety of support services to walk alongside you through your grief journey. We strive to provide affordable counseling and grief support through life changing losses and events. Our mission is to provide care, support, and essential resources for bereaved children and adults, allowing them to create a foundation for hope, healing, and survival.

For more information visit www.richardlambertfoundation.org or email board@richardlambertfoundation.org.

Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue (RMFR)

Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue’s mission is to care for and shelter homeless cats and kittens until we can find them a permanent, loving home. Over the past thirty five years the organization has grown into a limited-intake, free-roaming shelter with indoor and protected outdoor space for 125 cats. In 2020, RMFR provided medical expenses, housing, food, exams, inhouse surgeries, and medical treatment for 1,800 cats and kittens. The rescue prioritizes being a safe-space for FIV+, FeLV+, and senior cat populations often underserved by municipal shelter programs. RMFR does not contract with local governing bodies and receives no government funding. Instead, the rescue relies on individual donations, events, and grant fundraising efforts to support operation expenses. To learn more about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Michelle Watson, michelle.watson@rmfr-colorado.org, 720-341-5267.

Rocky Mountain Medical Reserve Corps of Colorado

Our vision is a prepared and resilient community and our mission is to help our community before, during and after disruptions and disasters.  We do this by building and training teams to support our community Emergency Managers and local Public Health Agencies.

Individuals with access and functional needs are typically the population that is disproportionally affected when emergencies and disasters occur in our communities.  Because of this statistic one of our programs is our Community Inclusion Project.  We provide education, and training about emergency preparedness and response in ways that are accessible to all in our community.  We also offer leadership opportunities to youth and individuals with disabilities.

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Rocky Mountain MS Center

The mission of the Rocky Mountain MS Center is to improve the quality of life of individuals and their families living with MS and related neurological diseases through care, support, education, and research. 100% of the funds we raise stay local, and these funds make our programs and services possible. By participating in one of the Colfax Marathon races as our charity party you are raising awareness for multiple sclerosis and supporting our patients, caregivers, and advocates.

If you’d like to get the word out about your race and support our mission by fundraising, please contact Sarah at skyger@mcenter.org for more information. The funds you raise help us to put our mission into action, and we are so grateful you’ve chosen our organization as your charity partner.

Rocky Mountain Prep

Rocky Mountain Prep is a public elementary charter school network in the Denver-metro area. Our mission is for every child to realize their full potential through a rigorous and loving elementary education. We run the Colfax Marathon to raise money for our amazing students and staff!

For more information visit rockymountainprep.org or email aworland@rockymountainprep.org.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver

When families have a seriously ill child and need to seek medical care far from their own homes, they can turn to RMHC-Denver to find a home away from home and a place to stay together. At no cost. For as long as treatment takes.

More than just shelter, the Houses of RMHC-Denver provide security, comfort and care. They are places where laughter is shared, friendships are formed and hope is nurtured. RMHC-Denver operates two Houses, in Denver and Aurora. Between the two we can house up to 118 families a night.

By joining the RMHC-Denver Colfax Marathon Team, you are helping to bring vital awareness and funds that enable families to access the medical care that they need and stay together during their medical journeys.

For more information visit rmhc-denver.org or email cgriffin@rmhc-denver.org.

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Rose Andom Center

The Rose Andom Center offers a path to hope and healing for people who have experienced domestic violence. We cultivate and maintain partnerships with over 20 community and city agencies, creating a crucial support network of resources needed NOW.

Many individuals in our community experience physical, emotional, psychological, and financial abuse in their intimate relationships. The effects of this type of abuse are profound – a victim may be left homeless, jobless, with acute or chronic health problems, and suffering from depression and/or anxiety disorders. No single agency or resource can effectively respond to the scope of needs most victims and their families face. Based on a national model of best practice, the Rose Andom Center is the first nationally recognized Family Justice Center in Colorado. At the Rose Andom Center, community organizations and government agencies work together under one roof to provide for the needs of individuals and families affected by domestic violence.

For more information visit www.roseandomcenter.org or email kristinas@roseandomcenter.org.

Roundup River Ranch

We love a good challenge-by-choice!

By supporting Roundup River Ranch, you’re giving to children with serious illnesses who find their strength, courage, and confidence by facing challenges head-on. Our campers fight battles every day and now you can partner with them and be a role model as you run in a 2021 Colfax race!

For more information visit roundupriverranch.org or email dbaesel@roundupriverranch.org.

Savio House

Savio House is dedicated to eliminating violence, crime, drug and alcohol abuse, child abuse and neglect, and other destructive behaviors in families through care, support and education.  Savio House will be the preeminent child and family treatment center where the most caring, culturally appropriate and effective strategies enable families to resolve conflicts and live harmoniously in the community. For more about us visit https://www.saviohouse.org.  For more about our involvement in the Colfax Marathon, contact Suzie Schuckman, sschuckman@saviohouse.org, 303-225-4022

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Scleroderma Foundation – Rocky Mountain Chapter

“Sclero” means hard and “derma” means skin. A hard word and an even harder disease to be diagnosed with because internal organs can be affected as well. The Scleroderma Foundation Rocky Mountain Chapter (SFRMC) provides educational and emotional support for scleroderma patients and their families; promotes awareness and provides education within the medical community to improve upon earlier diagnosis; and funds research to find a cure for scleroderma and related autoimmune diseases. For more information about SFRMC visit www.scleroderma.org/rockymountain. To learn more about our Colfax Marathon charity partner program, contact Maria Dastur at 303-806-6686 or rmchapter@scleroderma.org.

Second Wind Fund

Since 2002, Second Wind Fund has connected children and teens at risk for suicide with professional, specialized mental health counselors in their community. Second Wind Fund covers the entire cost of up to 12 sessions of therapy. It is truly a life-saving program, available to children and teens who have no other access to care. Suicide is currently the leading cause of death among youth ages 10-24 years old in Colorado. Second Wind Fund brings hope and healing to these young people by helping them discover positive ways to overcome the challenges in their life. Since 2002, more than 6,000 children and teens have benefited from Second Wind Fund’s unique and highly effective program. Visit www.thesecondwindfund.org to learn more about us. For information about our work with the Colfax Marathon Charity Partners program, contact Chris Weiss, cweiss@thesecondwindfund.org.

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ShelterBox USA

Shelter Box - cropShelterBox is the premier international aid organization that provides shelter and life-saving equipment to survivors of natural and other disasters. The organizations instantly respond to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict and have helped over 140 disasters in more than 70 countries. Each box supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. Each box bears its own unique number so donors can track their box all the way to its recipient country. Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide.

To learn about our mission to provide shelter, warmth and dignity to disaster survivors around the world, please visit www.shelterboxusa.org.

Soles4Souls

4EveryKid

At Soles4Souls, we’re on a mission to provide new athletic shoes to every student experiencing homeless child in the U.S., so they can stay healthy and fully participate in school. Every kid deserves to feel the dignity and joy of a new pair of shoes. 100% of your donations will go to provide shoes!

Turning Shoes into Opportunity

At Soles4Souls, we turn unwanted shoes into opportunity, by keeping them from going to waste and putting them to good use – providing relief, creating jobs, and empowering people to break the cycle of poverty.

For more information email colorado@soles4souls.org or visit https://soles4souls.org/4everykid/.

Speak Your Truth

Speak Your Truth is an award winning, national nonprofit that aims to amplify the voices of victims and survivors of domestic violence by providing abuse education, connecting the survivor to resources, providing emotional support, and celebrating freedom through a private Facebook support group that has over 18,000 members. Speak Your Truth has helped about 3 members leave their abusers every week since they began in February 2019, when their founder, Hannah Hollander, made a personal Facebook post about domestic violence awareness.

If you would like to learn more about our organization, please reach out to Hannah at help@speakyourtruth.today or visit www.speakyourtruth.today.

Special Olympics Colorado

Improving Lives Through Sports

Special Olympics Colorado provides year-round sports training and competition in 22 sports for 19,800+ athletes living in the state of Colorado.  With the support of more than 9,000 volunteers and the generosity of Colorado citizens, corporations, local businesses and runners like you, Special Olympics Colorado is able to offer more than 100 events annually to individuals with intellectual disabilities, age 2 1/2 and up.  Participation with other athletes, Unified partners (typically developing peers), coaches, sponsors and volunteers builds confidence and creates opportunities to participate as productive and respected members of society by increasing public awareness of the athletes’ capabilities.  We invite you to join our running team in order to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Colorado. If you are interested in participating contact Victoria MacFarlane, victoria@specialolumpicsco.org

 

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

As a St. Jude Hero, you’ll raise funds for the kids of St. Jude while you train for your race. The dollars that St. Jude Heroes raise help ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.  Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and they won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.  Do more with your race. Be a St. Jude Hero, and run for the kids of St. Jude.  If you have questions, please contact Paty Sands at paty.sands@stjude.org or 720-440-6400.

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Sun Valley Youth Center

The Sun Valley Youth Center empowers youth, families and community in the lowest-income neighborhood in Denver to greater success. We stand in the gap until there is no gap.

We are participating in the 2021 Colfax Marathon to activate voices suppressed by poverty.

For more information visit sunvalleyyouthcenter.org or email lara@sunvalleyyouthcenter.org.

Tepeyac Community Health Center

The principle challenge addressed by Tepeyac’s founding in 1994 remains today: Latino families experience a myriad of barriers to accessing healthcare—including lack of insurance, cost of care, and language and cultural hurdles. Tepeyac is the trusted provider in the Latino community and provides high-quality, affordable primary and preventative care to Denver’s most vulnerable families. Through the Colfax Marathon, we invite YOU to become a member of Team Tepeyac!

For more information visit www.TepeyacHealth.org or email EBrody@TepeyacHealth.org.

Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation

Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation is compassionately dedicated to raise awareness and educate others about the most common form of cancer in men ages 15-44 and provide lifesaving valuable support for patients, survivors and caregivers. We support the fight against testicular cancer through awareness and outreach, promoting the importance of monthly self-exams for early detection, support and guidance to patients and families, providing a resource for the medical community, providing financial assistance to those in need and continuing to save lives.

For more information visit www.testicularcancerawarenessfoundation.org or email info@testescancer.org.

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD)

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) is the leading nonprofit working to improve the quality of life of people affected by frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) and to drive research to bring hope for a world with compassionate care, effective support, and a future free of this disease. FTD is the most common dementia for people under 60, bringing progressive changes in behavior, personality, language and/or movement. Currently, there are no disease-modifying treatments, and there is no way to prevent or cure this disease. Advancing research into FTD is likely to have benefits for ALS, Alzheimer’s, and other forms of neurodegenerative disease, and we welcome partnerships and support from others looking to making a difference in the lives of the more than 60,000 in the U.S. alone who are affected by FTD. For more information, email Bridget Graham (bgraham@theaftd.org) or visit www.theaftd.org.

The Center on Colfax

The Center on Colfax opened in 1976 has grown to become the largest LGBTQ community center in the Rocky Mountain region, giving voice to Colorado’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community and playing a pivotal role in statewide initiatives to reduce harassment and discrimination. Today we are focused on fulfilling our mission by ensuring that every member of the LGBTQ community has access to the programs and resources they need to live happy, healthy, and productive lives.

For more information visit lgbtqcolorado.org or email info@lgbtqcolorado.org.

The Children’s Heart Foundation

The Children’s Heart Foundation’s mission is to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of congenital heart defects (CHDs) by funding the most promising research. We’re grateful to have a team of runners fundraising for our mission and spreading awareness about CHDs – America’s most common birth defect.

For more information visit www.childrensheartfoundation.org or email info@childrensheartfoundation.org.

The Children’s Treehouse Foundation

The Children’s Treehouse Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Denver, Colorado with a research-based, group-support program for children ages 6 through 18 who have a parent or grandparent with cancer. Called CLIMB® – Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery, the program helps to normalize feelings of sadness, anxiety, fear and anger for the kids and stimulates improved communication between the children and their parents.

For more information visit www.childrenstreehousefdn.org or email admin@childrenstreehousefdn.org.

The Health Center at Franklin Park

The Health Center at Franklin Park, where service and caring has been an Upper Colfax District tradition for over 40 years, is a faith based, not-for-profit community. Our community consists of independent living apartments for seniors and disabled adults, rehabilitation services, 24-hour skilled nursing care, and a long term care secured memory care neighborhood. Through our mission and core values we seek to provide environments that nurture self-worth, hope and dignity for all. Our overarching mission is to always “Provide environments that allow people to live to their greatest potential regardless of a medical condition.”  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Annie Lozano, ALozano@abhomes.org.

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There With Care

There With Care’s mission is to provide a wide range of thoughtful and fundamental services to families and children during the critical phase of a medical crisis. We serve families referred by medical agencies, by building a network of services and people who ease the burden of life’s day-to-day obligations with compassion and care. The programs we offer support the whole family, helping them get through the medical crisis by identifying daily stresses that are heavy on their plate and providing some relief. For more information about us, visit our website at www.therewithcare.org. For more about our participation with the Colfax Marathon, contact Katherine Pope at katherine@therewithcare.org. To support families facing a critical illness, please click the donate button below and list 2021 Colfax Marathon in the tribute section.

 

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Together for Change dba Friends Colorado

Together for Change dba Friends Colorado is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, dedicated to the prevention of bullying. We educate and support youth sports clubs and schools, with the vision to see children and adolescents grow up in a safe, secure, and inclusive environment. Our approach is that it is the adults’ responsibility to create that environment. Bullying, harassment and discrimination are global problems and they require global solutions. There is a need and demand for qualitative, practical methods to prevent bullying. Our education is based on the kids voices, and tailored to each organization’s unique climate and needs, for accuracy, impact and sustainability. In addition to providing education and support to youth sports clubs and schools, we work to increase the public awareness, knowledge and engagement around bullying. Read more about Friends Colorado at https://friendscolorado.org/. For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Jennie Scanlan, jennie.scanlan@friends.se.

 

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TransformAsia

Since 1996, TransformAsia has been working throughout Cambodia to improve the lives of those who survived the Killing Fields. This year we are helping students earn and care for their own bicycles. With funds raised through this race will go directly to purchasing bicycles! For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Liz Stifel at info@transformasia.us

University Prep

In a city where only one in ten minority students from low-income families goes on to complete a four-year college degree, University Prep was founded to eliminate the achievement gap between urban students living in poverty and their more affluent peers – placing every child on the path to get to and through college without excuse. Founded in 2011, University Prep is a K-5 tuition free public charter school serving scholars and families in Near Northeast Denver. To learn more visit our website at www.uprepschool.org or contact Olivia Gallegos at ogallegos@uprepschool.org.

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UpRoot Colorado

UpRoot Colorado measurably reduces surplus protective foods in Colorado, supports the economic stability of farmers and increases the nutritional security of our state’s residents.

We are a charity partner of the Colfax Marathon because we are a community-focused organization, working to reconnect Coloradans with the beauty and benefits of healthy food and healthy soils while reinstituting food wisdom within our communities.

For more information visit www.uprootcolorado.org or email dave@uprootcolorado.org.

 

Water for People

Water For People is global nonprofit dedicated to providing access to improved water and sanitation systems and services to nine countries. Water For People empowers local governments, community members, and service providers to invest in the long-term solutions and systems that are right for them. This means listening to them and establishing trust from the very beginning. We want every community, household, school, and clinic to have lasting access to safe water and sanitation for generations to come – we call this impact model Everyone Forever. Learn more at www.waterforpeople.org.  For more information about our engagement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Georgia David, gdavid@waterforpeople.org

World Vision: Team World Vision

Team World Vision inspires people to take on the challenge of running or run-walking a full marathon or half-marathon to provide life-giving clean water to communities around the world. Today, 785 million people do not have access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene. Our team chooses to run or walk miles daily to eliminate steps women and child take to fetch unsafe water.

World Vision is the largest non-governmental provider of water in the world, providing a person with lasting clean water every 10 seconds. $50 can provide life-changing clean water to a child in need.

We would love for you to go farther together with us this season! For more information or to join a team visit www.teamworldvision.org/denver or email jmcdaniel@worldvision.org.

Young Investors Society

Young Investors Society (YIS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that gives high school students a unique opportunity to learn fundamental, long-term investing in an exciting and interactive way. It is traditionally run as an after-school club directed by amazing high school teachers who recognize the importance of financial literacy. The club experience was developed by some of the best investors and university professors in the industry. Students will learn about budgeting, saving, credit profiles, loans & debt, entrepreneurship and investing. Together we’ll change the world, one investor at a time. To run with YIS and win fun prizes contact Justin Shoup at jshoup@yis.org or 586.337.6212.

 

Young Life

Young Life is a world-class organization that seeks to help disaffected teens thrive as they confront the challenges of adolescence. We pursue kids who pitch their tents in the fields of moral ambivalence. Our leaders treat every teen—from the jock to the outcast, from the wealthy to the least of these—with dignity and significance. Mentors embed themselves among every clique and tier of youth culture, serving as teachers, coaches and counselors. Our homes reside on the same streets and often share the same walls. We shape a setting of distinct quality—one conducive to fun as well as safety, excitement as well as counsel, and adventure as well as reflection. Denver Young Life specifically exists for students in Denver Public Schools and Aurora Public Schools. The schools we reach are on average at least 55% Free and Reduced Lunch and multi-ethnic. For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Jill Boyce, jill@denveryl.org.

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