Schools play a big part by helping to organize fundraising efforts, walking together to bring awareness, and raise 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.
Students: Get Your School Involved
Start a school team and rally students, teachers, administrators, and clubs to join. Talk about Kids Walk for MSK Kids and share why supporting pediatric cancer research is important to you. Let others know how they can make a difference with you. (Remember: Always ask permission at your school before you start.)
Here are some ways to get people to register:
- 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 community service. If so, find out how your advisor can help to spread the word.
- Tell a teacher or administrator about Kids Walk for MSK Kids, why it’s important to you, and how you could use support to get others to register.
How to Talk about Kids Walk for MSK Kids and MSK Kids
- Kids Walk for MSK Kids unites patients, students, families, friends, and supporters to raise money to beat pediatric cancers.
- Any dollar amount helps because 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to MSK Kids, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s pediatric program — where doctors are doing exciting and important work to make sure kids are given the best treatments possible.
- Supporting MSK Kids makes a big impact because more children, teens, and young adults with cancer are treated there than any other hospital in the United States.
- Only 4-5% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget is dedicated to researching pediatric cancers. The doctors and researchers at MSK Kids rely on people to raise money to make up the difference — that’s where the Kids Walk for MSK Kids community comes in!
- These funds give the doctors and scientists at MSK Kids the resources they need to make new discoveries in the lab and provide better treatment options for children, teens, and young adults and improve the lives of young people around the world.
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. Here are a few fundraising tips:
Make a Video
Ask a friend to record a short video of you (about 30 seconds). Explain why you’re raising money for Kids Walk for MSK Kids 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
Think about how you can 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
Organize a Wii, Xbox, board game or sports tournament and charge each entrant a participation fee. This fee will count as a donation. Think up a fun and creative prize for the winners!