Strong Hope History

Five years ago the first Team Strong Hope team was formed with a group of boys to play in a lacrosse tournament in Maryland. I wanted these boys to play for a cause and a purpose. We choose to play in honor of pediatric cancer. In addition to playing, we raised over $1000.00 in a week with just 12 boys and onward things went from there.

Over the past several years we have had teams from numerous sports at all levels ranging from youth to college as well as individual athletes who have joined the Team StrongHope Campaign.

Cancer shows no prejudice or mercy on the ones it attacks. StrongHope Foundation has waged a counter-attack towards this disease with theTeam StrongHope Campaign which we hope with the help from many can contribute to one day finding a cure.

The Team Strong Hope name is defined as:

Team– a group organized to work together

Strong– involving or possessing physical or mental strength

Hope-a wish or desire accompanied by confident expectation of its fulfillment

We choose the Neon yellow color to raise awareness. With the pediatric cancer ribbon being a golden yellow we have accented it with a bright neon yellow to attract attention to the campaign and to raise the question about what we stand for. We want to be what pink is to breast cancer in years to come!

So how does a 10-year-old girl from Manchester, MD who is battling sarcoma make hundreds of new friends from the local swimming community, join a swim team, inspire people to raise thousands of dollars and have her mind taken off the daily burden of her disease by overshadowing hope given form those around her…

….and how does an 8yr old boy from Southern Pennsylvania who is batting leukemia now have 61 new big brothers from two local lacrosse teams who adopted him as part of their teams for practices, games and tournaments, inspired a local high school to have a Friday night game in his honor, touched the hearts of many compelled to come together and support the cause and also have his mind taken off the daily burden of fighting his disease…

The Team StrongHope Team Ambassador program…that’s how!!

The Team Ambassador program allows children who have or have had cancer to become part of our TEAM. We want to support these heroes and honor them for their unprecedented bravery. When these Cancer Ambassadors become a part of the Team StrongHope Campaign they are provided with a support group of new friends ranging from individual athletes to entire sports teams who are participating in events and games in their honor. We provide them with not only friendship but also provide them with hope…Strong Hope that they and their newfound TEAMmates will remember for a lifetime.

In April of 2012 StrongHope Foundation was granted IRS approval to be a Tax Exempt Public Charity 501 c 3.

We are in need of financial assistance to help us continue to push forward. Please visit our donate page if you or someone you know may consider supporting our Foundation. Our goal is and will always be to keep our expenses low so that we maximize the funds that are going to the actual cause. Donations are tax-deductible!

All of the generous donations and funds raised by Strong Hope Foundation go towards funding The Team Ambassador program, Pediatric Cancer Research, and future grants that will be given to funding researchers and clinical trials.

This is why we fund research.

  • There are significant funding Disparities
  • Childhood cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded.
  • In 20 years the FDA has initially approved only one drug for any childhood cancer – 1/2 of all chemotherapies used for children’s cancers are over 25 years old
  • Research and development for new drugs from pharmaceutical companies comprises 60% of funding for adult cancer drugs and close to zero for childhood cancers. However, the NCI spends 96% of its budget on adult cancers and only 4% of its budget on children’s cancers.

With your support, we not only help draw closer each day to finding a cure but we provide HOPE to children who continue to battle cancer. HOPE is what inspires us to push forward. The Team Strong Hope Campaign will help provide HOPE in more ways than any of us can imagine!

Thank You for your interest and support,

Bradd Atkinson

StrongHope Foundation Founder