Our decision to start our own non-profit organization is an extension of our heartfelt commitment to this most important cause. Each of us has been influenced by different events and circumstances in our lives, which have led us to establish Runway To Hope.
Ann, Mark’s mother, worked in pediatric health care for over 32 years helping children with cancer and has battled lung and skin cancer. His grandmother, Sitto Edna, was a cancer survivor as well. Terri, Josie’s mother, is also a cancer survivor. We have been involved in the cause of curing pediatric cancer for several years now and have bared witness to many courageous children who have both won, and sadly lost, their fight to this dreadful disease.
Feeling extremely fortunate to be blessed with two healthy daughters, we are frighteningly aware of how randomly this insidious disease can strike even the healthiest of children. It was our vision to start an organization with the goal of giving back to the children in the Central Florida community. Moreover, progress made locally benefits all children with cancer, nationally and worldwide.
With pediatric cancer research being woefully underfunded, coupled with our involvement with this cause over the past years, it was a natural decision for us to start our charity.
Runway To Hope raises funds and addresses the needs of the children and families impacted by pediatric cancer, by providing money for research, trials, equipment and family assistance. In addition to lending our support and efforts to the needs of these children and families, we are dedicated to imparting a legacy that will inspire others to make a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer.