Affiliates

As a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization, CU Kids at Heart has the opportunity to expand its fundraising efforts, to consider new collaborations and partnerships, to support public advocacy efforts, and to deepen its connections in the credit union community.

We are pleased to announce the following collaborations and advocacy initiatives for the 2018-2019 season:

Collaboration

The Team Jack Foundation and “First Downs to Fight Pediatric Brain Cancer”

CU Kids at Heart and the Team Jack Foundation, a non-profit foundation chaired by New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead, have teamed up in the fight against pediatric brain cancer. Over the past thirty years, pediatric brain cancer (tumors) has surpassed leukemia as the leading cancer cause of death in children. In the last several years, both CU Kids at Heart and the Nebraska-based Team Jack Foundation have separately directed funds to research projects aimed at the prevention and treatment of pediatric brain tumors.

For the 2018-2019 football regular season, for every first down the New England Patriots make this year, on the ground or in the air, CU Kids at Heart will donate—up to $30,000 total—to the Team Jack Foundation. The “First Downs to Fight Pediatric Brain Cancer” initiative will raise awareness for pediatric brain cancer, and will help fund promising clinical trials at Boston’s Dana Farber Cancer Institute that may lead to more effective and safer treatments for children. Listen for the radio spots on 98.5 The Sports Hub!

This initiative is supported by: Digital Federal Credit Union, Granite State Credit Union, Hanscom Federal Credit Union, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, MIT Federal Credit Union, Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union, Rockland Federal Credit Union, RTN Federal Credit Union, St. Anne’s Credit Union, and Vertifi Software, LLC.

To learn more about the Team Jack Foundation, please visit www.teamjackfoundation.org.

Advocacy

Initiative for Designating May 6 as Annual Moyamoya Disease Awareness Day

The CU Kids at Heart Team is urging a successful outcome for the legislative bill designating each May 6 as Moyamoya Disease Awareness Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The purpose of Moyamoya Awareness Day is to raise awareness of the occurrence of this rare neurovascular condition. By educating the public, including the medical community, about Moyamoya, the likelihood of early diagnosis and effective treatment is significantly enhanced. The bill, S.1723, was introduced by Senator Eric P. Lesser of the First Hampden and Hampshire District, and other members of the General Court, and it is presently under review. We appreciate the support of the Credit Unions Kids at Heart community for this and any other legislative advocacy efforts of our Team.

To learn more about this bill, please visit the Massachusetts State Legislature page at https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/S1723.