The Charities

Four riders prepare to compete in the epic Race Across America (RAAM), raising funds and awareness for four very deserving charities. Meet our charities below and help us support the great work they are doing by making a donation. Please remember that the ride is entirely self-funded, so every dollar donated will go directly to the charities.

Cayman Islands Cancer Society

The Cayman Islands Cancer Society (CICS) is a non-profit charitable organisation, which was established in 1995. The CICS relies exclusively on special fundraising efforts and donations from the community. The CICS uses the funds it receives to help the community in several ways, but most prevalently through cancer awareness programmes and direct financial assistance to patients who have been diagnosed with cancer. In addition to direct financial assistance, the CICS helps provide patients with access to health care equipment (wheelchairs/walkers), prosthetics and provides counselling and on-going support services to patients and their families. Assistance from the CICS is available to anyone living in the Cayman Islands and, as an independent organisation, all monies raised in Cayman stay in Cayman to benefit our community.

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Children’s Tumor Foundation

Founded in 1978, the Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF) began as the first grassroots organization solely dedicated to finding treatments for Neurofibromatosis (NF) . Today, CTF is a highly recognized national non-profit foundation, the leading force in the fight to end NF, and a model for other innovative research endeavours.

Neurofibromatosis, or NF, is a genetic disorder that affects 1 in every 3,000 people. It causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body, and can lead to deafness, blindness, disfigurement, bone abnormalities, learning disabilities, disabling pain, and cancer. NF occurs in all populations equally, and there is not yet a cure.

The Children’s Tumor Foundation provides support to NF patients and families, raises NF awareness and funds for research.

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Ellie’s Wish

Ellie’s Wish is a Non-Profit Organisation (“NPO”) which was established in December 2016 in memory of Ellie Perkins, who was killed in a tragic accident on the island on 9 March 2016. Her second birthday was the following day.

Ellie’s Wish was formed with the sole object of raising funds to purchase and donate medical equipment to the paediatric unit at Peebles Hospital, Tortola, the British Virgin Islands, which is where Ellie was cared for after her accident. All proceeds will go towards the direct purchase of equipment, which will then be donated to the hospital - there will be no cash donations to general hospital budgets. As a result, every sponsor and every donor will know exactly where every dollar has been spent.

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At Macmillan, we know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything and we are here to help you every step of the way. From help with money worries and advice about work, to someone who will listen if you just want to talk, we’re here. Right from the moment you’re diagnosed, through your treatment and beyond, we’re a constant source of support, giving you the energy and inspiration to help you take back control of your life, and feel more like yourself again.

There are 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK today, and as more people live longer with their cancer, this number is set to grow to 4 million by 2030. We want to make sure we can provide support to everyone who needs it. Every single penny donated will help make sure no one faces cancer alone.

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