Schools play a big part by helping to organize, walking and raising money for pediatric cancer research. It all began in 2001, when Sophie and her Packer Collegiate classmates founded Kids Walk to raise money for pediatric cancer research. At the time, Sophie's brother, Simon, was finishing treatment for stage IV neuroblastoma at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Get Your School Involved
Start a school team and rally students, teachers, administrators, and clubs to join. Talk about Kids Walk and share why supporting pediatric cancer research is important to you. Let others know how they can make a difference with you. Here are some ways to get people to register. Always ask permission at your school before you start.
- Put flyers up around the school or on your locker
- Make an announcement at a school assembly
- Include information in a school-wide email for students and parents
- Ask your Community Service Advisor if this event can be turned into a community service. If so, ask how your advisor can help to spread the word.
- Tell a teacher or administrator about Kids Walk, why it’s important to you, and how you could use support to get others to register.
Fundraise at Your School
You’re at school five days a week, so think about creative fundraising ideas that involve your school and classmates. Before moving forward with any ideas, always ask first to make sure it’s okay.
- Make a Video
Grab your phone and ask a friend to record a short video of you (about 30 seconds). Explain why you’re raising money for Kids Walk and why it’s meaningful to you. Then, share your video through email and upload it on Facebook or post to your Instagram Stories — don't forget to include a link to your fundraising page!
- Chores for Donations
Brainstorm how to raise money during a typical day. Ask your parents if you could do more chores around the house. Help cook dinner, walk the dog, take out the trash, or make your own school lunch.
- Throw a Competitive Event
Have a Wii, Xbox, Bocce, board game or Can Jam challenge for prizes, and charge each entrant a participation fee. This fee will count as a donation. Think up a fun and creative prize for the winners!
How to Talk about Kids Walk and MSK Pediatrics
- Kids Walk is a 1.5-mile walk in Central Park, where patients, students, families, and supporters come together to beat pediatric cancers by raising money for research!
- Any dollar amount helps because 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to MSK Pediatrics — where doctors are doing some pretty exciting and important work to make sure kids are given the best treatments possible.
- Supporting MSK Pediatrics makes a big impact because more kids with cancer are treated there than any other hospital in the United States.
- The doctors at MSK Pediatrics work quickly to get new, better, and less toxic treatment options from clinical trials to the bedside of kids with cancer as soon as possible.
- The research being done at MSK Pediatrics helps kids with cancer worldwide — making every dollar you donate accelerate pediatric cancer research worldwide.