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Basic Information

What is Kids Walk for MSK Kids?

Kids Walk for MSK Kids unites patients, students, families, friends, and supporters to raise money to beat pediatric cancers. 100% of every dollar goes to fighting pediatric cancers through research and new discoveries at MSK Kids, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s pediatric program.

What is MSK Kids?

MSK Kids, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s pediatric program, is dedicated to all children, teens, young adults, and families facing childhood cancer. With specialized expertise and care focused on the individual child, more families turn to MSK Kids for pediatric cancer care than any other hospital in the United States. As pioneers in research, no one fights harder than the physicians and scientists to prevent, treat, and ultimately cure childhood cancer—for the patients at MSK Kids, and for those around the world. The game-changing research being done has created new treatments with better outcomes and fewer long-term side effects—developing options where there previously were none. That’s because one of the greatest strengths is how the doctors and researchers come together for patients. Collaborating closely, they move their research findings from the laboratory to the bedside quicker.

How much money goes to cancer research?

100% of every dollar raised goes directly to life-changing research at MSK Kids, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s pediatric program.

Why is raising money for Kids Walk for MSK Kids important?

Pediatric cancer research is extremely underfunded. Less than 5% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget is dedicated to researching pediatric cancers, which is why donations from Kids Walk for MSK Kids are critical to making progress possible.

Who is a Warrior?

Warriors are people who have faced, are currently battling, or have lost too soon from a pediatric cancer. We honor and celebrate them on event day and every day of the year.

What is the Tax ID number?

Kids Walk for MSK Kids is fully owned and operated by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Memorial Sloan Kettering's 501c3 tax identification is: 13-1924236. Your gift to Kids Walk for MSK Kids is 100% tax-deductible. You will receive a confirmation receipt via email after submitting your donation. Please save this email receipt for your tax records.

Registering

Is there a limit to the number of walkers you can have on a team?

No–the more the merrier.

How can I get my company involved?

There are several ways to get your company involved with Kids Walk for MSK Kids. You can form a corporate team, see if your company matches gifts, or become a sponsor! Please contact us for more information.

How can I participate and fundraise with Kids Walk for MSK Kids throughout the year?

Register for Fundraise Your Way and raise money anytime and anywhere. You can host your own event or fundraise to honor a loved one, celebrate a special occasion, or give back on your birthday — or for any reason at all! Every dollar you raise will make a difference for people with cancer around the world.

How do I get my school involved?

Start a school team and rally students, teachers, administrators, and clubs to join. You can find out more school info here.

Fundraising

How can I raise funds for Kids Walk for MSK Kids?

Start by visiting your Participant Center to customize your fundraising page. Asking potential donors for support will be more effective if they understand why you're participating in Kids Walk for MSK Kids. Check out our fundraising tips for ideas – and join our social communities on Facebook and Instagram to share updates with friends and family. We encourage you to set your goals high and raise as much as possible! Remember that every dollar goes directly to pediatric cancer research.

How do I know if my company has a matching gifts program?

Many companies have programs that match the charitable contributions of their employees. This can double and sometimes triple the amount of a donation, at no additional cost to the employee — a great way to increase your impact! To find out if you or your donors work for a company with a matching gifts program, check our matching gifts search page here.

 

Please mail completed matching gift forms to:

 

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Attn: Matching Gifts, Office of Development
P.O. Box 27106
New York, NY 10087
matchinggift@mskcc.org

 

When sending your check, please be very specific as to whether your matching gift should be counted toward an individual or team. Helpful information to include with your check is the participant’s full name and their team name.

 

Gifts made by check will be processed and applied to your fundraising total within 72 hours of being received by Kids Walk for MSK Kids. Matching gifts are not posted until all of the necessary paperwork is completed by both the employee and the company and received by Kids Walk for MSK Kids.

How long will it take for gifts to be processed and counted toward my fundraising total?

Online donations are processed automatically and immediately applied to your fundraising total. Gifts made by check or money order are processed and applied to your fundraising total within 72 hours of being received by Kids Walk for MSK Kids office.

Will I have access to my personal page, team page, and Participant Center?

Yes, you will have access to update your personal and team pages, plus the Participant Center. There you can update your page information, your goal, and track your donations and donors.

Are there sponsorship opportunities for my company?

Yes! If you work for a company that might be interested in being a sponsor of Kids Walk for MSK Kids, please email us for more information. Custom opportunities and packages are available.

Can the funds I raise through Kids Walk for MSK Kids apply toward a pre-existing fundraising pledge at Memorial Sloan Kettering?

No. If you have made a pledge to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the funds raised through Kids Walk for MSK Kids may not be applied toward fulfilling that commitment. However, it is possible to establish a pledge through Kids Walk for MSK Kids. Please contact us at kidswalk@mskcc.org for additional information or to discuss your interests.

Can I create a Facebook Fundraiser for Kids Walk for MSK Kids?

We do not offer fundraising through Facebook at this time. We are here to help with your fundraising efforts so please reach out to us with any questions about fundraising on other platforms so we can best assist you.

Making a Donation

How do I make a gift to an individual or a team?

It's simple to donate to Kids Walk for MSK Kids in support of a participant or team. You can make a secure, online credit card donation or you can use our mail-in form to make a gift. Click here to search for the participant or team you wish to support. While your gift will be immediately credited to the team or individual you have specified, it may take up to one hour for your online donation to be accurately reflected on your fundraising page. If you do not see the gift displayed correctly after one hour, please contact us.

How will my donation appear on my credit card statement?
Online gifts supporting Memorial Sloan Kettering (including Kids Walk for MSK Kids donations) will appear as "MSK 855-718-4054" on your credit card statement.
Where do I mail checks given to me by donors?

It's easy to make sure that these gifts are counted toward your fundraising total by simply mailing checks to:

 

Kids Walk for MSK Kids
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
P.O. Box 27432
New York, NY 10087-7432

 

When sending your check, please be very specific as to whether your gift should be counted toward a participant or team. Helpful information to include with the checks is the participant’s full name and their team name. A check may take up to 14 business days to be correctly reflected in online fundraising totals.

My Account

I’m a registered participant and I’m having trouble logging in. Can you help?

Double-check that you're entering your username and password correctly. Remember, your password is case-sensitive. Contact us if you continue to have trouble logging in.

What information can I post on my personal page?

Customize your team and individual fundraising pages by sharing your story about why you’re participating in Kids Walk for MSK Kids. This helps boost your fundraising success, showing potential donors why this event is important!

 

Please note that all customized content, photos and videos are subject to Memorial Sloan Kettering’s review and approval. If you plan to include personal information about other people on your fundraising page—including family members or friends whose lives have been touched by cancer—please be sure to check with them first to make sure they’re okay with it.

I’m having trouble uploading my photo to my fundraising page. Can you help?

Double check to make sure that the photo is a .jpg file and no larger than 4MB. All uploaded images will be resized to fit in a 300 x 400-pixel space.