Believe In Tomorrow Children's FoundationApril 2013
Port to Fort: One Month and Counting!
Just a little over one month left to register for this year’s Port to Fort 6k race, sponsored by The Home Depot! Don’t miss out on one of Baltimore’s top running races, as rated by CBS Baltimore in 2012. Register today and take advantage of:
And…it’s all for a great cause! Register today to see what all the fun is about!
Sunday, May 5, 2013 @ 9am
Construction Zone - Proceed with Caution!
Kitchen renovations are underway at the Believe In Tomorrow Children’s House at Johns Hopkins, and they are promising to look great! Check out a few pictures below.
Each of the two double kitchens in this hospital housing facility is shared on a daily basis by our families. After much wear and tear over the years, we are excited for them to finally be getting a facelift. Since it is not feasible to close the entire facility during construction, the kitchens will be completed one at a time. Currently, the second floor kitchen is nearing completion, with the third floor kitchen construction set to start in mid-April.
This project would not be possible without the support and extraordinary services of many, including The Home Depot, Counter Intelligence, Native Sons, and The Dakes Company. Also a thank you to everyone who helped us to win significant funding for this renovation from Liberty Mutual Insurance’s national “Like My Community” contest in 2012!
More updates to come over the next few months!
A Day at the Florida Speedway
Some of our families recently had a fun visit with the National Hot Rod Association through our Hands On Racing Adventures program! These kids and families spend the day at the Gatornationals, learning the ins and outs of drag racing with some of the industry’s top drivers.
Family of the Month
This year there will actually be a second Believe In Tomorrow Port to Fort race on May 5th, but it’s not quite the one you’ve been hearing about for months. At the exact moment that 3,000 runners cross the starting line in Maryland, there will be a mini Port to Fort race in Virginia, led by Wesley Berry and his family and friends.
Wesley just turned 18 in February and has been fighting medulloblastoma for almost six years. Since his diagnosis in summer 2007, he has undergone numerous surgeries, radiation, chemotherapy, and a stem cell transplant to treat recurrent brain tumors. Over the years they sought out numerous treatments and discovered Believe In Tomorrow’s programs while participating in a medical trial at Children’s National Medical Center in Virginia in May 2011.
Volunteer of the Month – A 14-Year Commitment
Throughout the years, we have had many volunteers come and go through our housing facilities and special events to help out in every way possible. For the past 14 years, Christine Wong and her daughter, Nadine, have committed themselves to our annual Port to Fort race – they go back almost as far as the race does!
Christine first heard about Believe In Tomorrow through her church in 1999, and decided to get involved by volunteering at the Port to Fort race. Since then, she’s stuck with it and has come back every year!
It's National Volunteer Month -Get Involved
Since the very beginning, Believe In Tomorrow has been a volunteer-driven organization, relying on many helping hands to get things done. April is National Volunteer Month, so here are some great ways to get involved:
Beach Respite Housing
Many opportunities listed are recurring or year-round. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-933-5470 if you are interested!
A great big thank you to the Vandermeulen Family from Michigan, who hosted Easter activities at the Believe In Tomorrow Children’s House this weekend while visiting family friends who were staying at the house!