GO! for a Cause – The Official Charity Program of GO! St. Louis

Doorways-Team-2GO! St. Louis offers non-profit organizations the opportunity to fundraise and bring cause awareness through its GO! for a Cause Charity Program. This program provides an exciting and rewarding opportunity for individual participants to accomplish training goals, while at the same time, raise funds and awareness for their favorite charity. Since its inception in 2010, GO! for a Cause has helped to raise close to $2 million for area causes!

Contact Alison Berger at (314) 727-0800 or aberger@gostlouis.org for more information.


Support a GO! for a Cause charity team today!


2017 Official Marathon Weekend Charities

Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world leader in Alzheimer research and support. Since our founding in 1980, we have provided nearly $292 million to support research into the prevention, treatment and eventual cure for Alzheimer’s.

Our nationwide network of chapters offer frontline support to individuals affected by Alzheimer’s with services that include 24/7 information and referral, safety services, and education and support groups.

Our mission
To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

For more information on joining Team ALZ, contact: Ebony Sherod

Angels’ Arms
Angels’ Arms is dedicated to providing and supporting loving homes for foster children by keeping brothers and sisters together within a nurturing family until a forever home is found. In our ten homes, Angels’ Arms provides much more than a “roof” for our foster parents and children. Our foster families receive numerous services and resources, from monthly special activities and meals, to clothing, lessons and more.

For more information on joining Team Angels’ Arms, contact: Maria Chandler

Christ Memorial Health Center
Christ Memorial Health Center (CMHC) is committed to providing no and low cost services to the St. Louis community to promote health and wellness.  CMHC operates a free 1,560 square foot Fitness Center with state of the art equipment.  After an initial orientation, individuals may use the Fitness Center whenever it is open.  CMHC also provides a free rehab service in partnership with St. Anthony’s Medical Center to those who have exhausted their insurance benefits or who are uninsured.  This service is available by appointment.  Small fee classes are offered which provide nutritional guidance and weight loss exercises in the context of personal accountability.  Additionally, the services of a personal trainer and health coach are available at a reduced cost by appointment.

For more information on joining Team CMHC, contact: Donna Wilkinson

DASA (Disabled Athlete Sports Association)
All of those who live with a physical or visual disability will be given the opportunity to participate in therapeutic sports and fitness activities designed to improve self-esteem and to promote growth and well-being while instilling family values.

For more information on joining Team DASA, contact: Joe Naughton

Doorways is an interfaith organization which provides housing and supportive services to improve the quality of life and health outcomes for people affected by HIV/AIDS.

For more information on joining Team Doorways, contact: Todd Garten

For Pete’s Sake
For Pete’s Sake is “Changing the Story” for Individual Youth, Families, and the Community
through Education. It provides Grants to established non profits for new and/or ongoing projects
aimed at enhancing students ability to stay in school and raise scholastic performance and
provides Scholarships for those seeking higher learning. 100% of all funds go to Grants and

For more information on joining Team For Pete’s Sake, contact: Erma O’Brien

Friends of Wings
Wings is a non-profit organization that provides clinical, psycho-social and spiritual support and services to children (newborn though 21 years) who have progressive, life threatening illnesses regardless of their ability to pay. Wings is the only pediatric hospice program in the region providing end of life care. Through Wings, the BJC Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care Program, children with diagnoses such as muscular dystrophy, genetic disorders, cancer, chronic complex conditions and neurodegenerative disease receive extraordinary care and support.

For more information on joining Team Friends of Wings, contact: Alicia Allen

Girls on the Run St. Louis

Girls on the Run St. Louis (GOTR-STL) empowers girls for a lifetime of healthy living through an innovative, experience-based curriculum that combines training for a 5K (3.1 mile) running event with lessons that inspire girls in 3rd through 8th grade to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions.  The 20-lesson curriculum is taught during a 10 week season by trained volunteer coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork, and understanding how we connect with, and shape, the world at large.  At the conclusion of each season, girls and their running buddies complete a 5k running event giving the girls a tangible sense of achievement and a framework for setting, and achieving, life goals.  
Please Contact Vikki Sanders
HavenHouse St. Louis
HavenHouse is a hospital hospitality house with the mission to provide the comfort of home and community of support to patients and their families traveling more than 25 miles to receive care.  HavenHouse provides lodging, two meals a day, transportation to 19 St. Louis regional medical facilities, and around-the-clock support services to patients of all ages with any medical condition. We provide services to 8,000 people (3,000 patients and their families) a year.

For more information on joining Team DASA, contact: Robin Zellers

Health Works! Kids’ Museum St. Louis!
To educate and inspire children and the community to make positive oral and overall health choices to achieve optimum health.

For more information on joining Team Health Works, contact: Caity Biberdorf

Together we will create a world without type one diabetes.  JDRF is the leading global organization funding type one diabetes (T1D) research with the goal to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D.

For more information on joining Team JDRF, contact: Sarah Simpson

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society / Team in Training
TNT and LLS fundraising efforts through marathons, triathlons, cycling and hiking really are making cures happen. Coaches will expand your fitness level with workouts, nutrition and hydration clinics. And you’ll have staff members to help with fundraising support.

For more information on joining Team in Training, contact: Rich Sloan

The Little Bit Foundation
We are committed to helping disadvantaged school children by creating a positive impact for personal growth, increasing self-esteem and encouraging a more focused and active learning environment. We do this by building strong relationships and partnering closely with St. Louis schools.

For more information on joining team Little Bit Foundation please contact: Connor McCarthy

For over 165 years, Marygrove has been a place where children, youth, and families have found hope and healing.  Marygrove transforms lives each year through its continuum of residential and community based programs including therapeutic residential treatment and foster care, transitional and independent living, and crisis care.

For more information on joining Team Marygrove, contact: Meghan Mueller

National Kidney Foundation
The National Kidney Foundation, a major voluntary nonprofit health organization, is dedicated to preventing  kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.

For more information on joining Team Kidney, contact: Cherie Gilderbloom

NCADA works to reduce or prevent the harms of alcohol and other drug use through education, intervention and advocacy.

For more information on joining Team NCADA, contact: Angie Yarbrough

Neighborhood Houses

Neighborhood Houses believe all children can reach their magnificent potential.  We provide educational and empowering experiences to help close the opportunity gap.  We support our mission with four core programs which serve more than 1,200 children each week.  Our programs include: early childhood education and care; before/after school and summer programs; a support group for pregnant and parenting teens; and a teen employment/social enterprise program.  We believe that every child, regardless of economic circumstances, should be able to reach their own magnificent potential!

For more information on joining Team Neighborhood Houses, contact: Kathy McCadden

Partners in Sustainable Development International

Partners in Sustainable Development International’s (PSDI) mission is to effectively eradicate poverty in the developing world by supporting a holistic model dedicated to the permanent uplift of the rural poor worldwide.

For more information on joining Team PSDI, contact: Nancy Jernigan

Pedal the Cause

Pedal the Cause raises funds to advance cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. With the bold model of using 100% of public donations to fund world-class cancer research, Pedal the Cause has quickly become the gateway to curing cancer – all cancers, for everyone.  In the seven years since its inception, Pedal the Cause participants have donated over $15.8 million to our beneficiaries, funding 50 adult and 24 pediatric cancer research projects.

For more information on joining Team Pedal the Cause, contact: Colleen Caul

Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital

Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital helps kids and families transition from the traditional hospital to home.  Advances in medicine are saving more children’s lives. However, many of these children have medically complex conditions which require comprehensive medical care and rehabilitation. Our innovative Care Beyond the Bedside approach ensures that the children we treat are up and out of their beds every day, accelerating their progress to make a successful transition home.

For more information on joining Team Ranken, contact: Colleen Drazen

Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis

Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis provides a “home-away-from home” for families of seriously ill children traveling to St. Louis for medical treatment. The organization has grown from an eight-bedroom facility in 1981 to now include three Houses, eight extended-stay apartments, and three Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, which are located inside Mercy Children’s Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. In 2013, RMHC St. Louis launched the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a mobile vision clinic that delivers free eye care to underserved children, in partnership with the Eye Care Charity of Mid-America.

For more information on joining Team RMHC St. Louis, contact: Abby Bandelow

Rx Outreach

Rx Outreach is a non-profit, fully licensed mail-order pharmacy that exists to create healthier communities by providing low-cost and free medications to underserved, low income, and chronically ill people.  Over 71,000 people in all 50 states received their prescriptions from Rx Outreach last year, including thousands in the St. Louis area.

For more information on joining Team Rx Outreach, contact: Bill Vatterott

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. When you sign up for as a St. Jude Hero for GO! St. Louis, you’ll be taking an important step toward finding cures and saving children battling cancer and other deadly diseases. Through the generous support of fundraisers and their donors, 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. St. Jude has spent more than half a century finding cures and saving children, and our groundbreaking research has helped push the survival rate for childhood cancer from less than 20% in 1962 to more than 80% today. Join us as a St. Jude Hero today!

For more information on becoming a St. Jude Hero, contact: Rachel Harris

St. Louis Area Foodbank

Feed hungry people by distributing food throughout the bi-state region and engage our community in the fight against hunger.

For more information on joining Team STL Foodbank, contact: Suzi Seeker

Stray Rescue of Saint Louis

Stray Rescue’s sole purpose is to rescue stray animals in need of medical attention, restore them to health, and place them in loving adoptive homes. Virtually all of the pets we save have been abused and neglected. They’ve been dumped on highways, or remote country roads. Abandoned in public parks, empty houses and dark alleys. We’ve even saved dogs left chained behind buildings after their owners had moved away.

Rescued animals often make the best pets. As a no-kill organization, pets from Stray Rescue seem to understand that they have a second lease on life. In return for a little affection and attention, these remarkable animals reward their new owners with a love and loyalty unmatched anywhere.

For more information on joining Team Stray Rescue, contact: Andrea Wilkey

Wings of Hope

Wings of Hope is an aviation nonprofit delivering humanitarian programs around the globe to life people in need toward health and self-sufficiency.

For more information on joining Team Wings of Hope, contact: Jessica Watson

Wyman Center

Wyman’s mission is to enable teens from disadvantaged circumstances to lead successful lives and build strong communities. Wyman’s vision is to foster communities where every teen is expected and supported to thrive in life, work and learning, so that they may become economically self-sufficient, leaders in their communities and, ultimately, break the cycle of poverty

For more information on joining Team Wyman, contact: Sam Nuernberger

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