In honor of Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, we’re excited to kick off the first-ever #TruthAboutTC Virtual Walk-a-Thon! For the past few years, the #TruthAboutTC campaign has played a critical role in raising awareness of thyroid cancer and helping to dispel common misperceptions about the disease. In celebration of 6 years of partnership, ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc., the Light of Life Foundation, and Eisai Inc. are excited to present a new, fun, and active opportunity for people around the country to get involved—safely and at your own pace. We hope you join us and encourage your friends and family to get involved as well in raising awareness and donations!
Raising funds for thyroid cancer survivors—one step at a time
The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 52,890 new cases of thyroid cancer in 2020. So, we set an ambitious goal of taking a step for each one. As an individual or team, we're challenging you to take 52,890 steps—equal to approximately 26.4 miles—more than a marathon! Collectively, we're hoping to complete over 860,000 steps in honor of the ~859,838 people living with thyroid cancer in the United States.
The unique format of the #TruthAboutTC Virtual Walk-a-Thon allows you to take on the challenge at your own pace, as an individual or as a team (we encourage you to link up with your local support group or bring together your friends and family to work toward this goal together). The event concludes on October 31, 2020, so the sooner you register, the more time you have to complete it. We recognize that not everyone can participate by walking or running—so here's a brief chart to see the fitness equivalent for other activities you can do to calculate "steps" and meet the goal:
Simply register via the links at the top or bottom of this page, get moving, and log your steps. Remember, the goal is to raise awareness about thyroid cancer, so please share your progress on social media using the hashtag #TruthAboutTC. Please see the How It Works and FAQs sections below for more information on setting up your device and tracking your steps.
Fundraising—making it yours and making it social
Registration for the event is free. You’ll be given your own fundraising page when you sign up. We encourage you to share your experiences on social media as you participate in the #TruthAboutTC Virtual Walk-a-Thon. When you do, you can link to your fundraising page for anyone who wants to sponsor your walk. If you’re comfortable sharing your experience with thyroid cancer and why it’s important to you, you might find that sponsors are more willing to donate to the cause. Please be sure to use the official hashtag #TruthAboutTC to amplify your message.
All money raised for the #TruthAboutTC Virtual Walk-a-Thon will go directly to ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc., and the Light of Life Foundation to support their mission of helping thyroid cancer survivors and their families. Our partner and sponsor, Eisai Inc., has committed to matching the fundraising total dollar amount raised, up to $10,000.
We hope you can join us for the #TruthAboutTC Virtual Walk-a-Thon and make this a Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month unlike any other!
The funds raised will be used by ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. and the Light of Life Foundation to provide education and support to thyroid cancer survivors and their families.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Charity Footprints?
Charity Footprints is a social enterprise that connects fitness and charitable giving. We empower people just like you, to get fit & give back.
Our Virtual Races allow non-profits to challenge their patrons to run, walk or ride and raise funds just as they would in a fundraising walkathon. The best part - charities save over 45% in event and logistical costs. So, the dollars that you pay to register or fundraise, go farther.
What is the campaign registration fee?
This campaign is free to participate in.
However, we encourage you to donate optional/suggested amount during registration or you can always donate any amount on your fundraising page after the registration.
How can I create my fundraising page?
Well, you wouldn't have to create a separate fundraising page. Once you register for this campaign, we'll give you the link to your fundraising page.
While registering for the campaign, select the team you'd like to join or create a new team and invite others to #GetFitGiveBack with you. If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.
I am an international donor (non-US), what are my donation charges and tax-deductibility?
All donations are made in US dollars, so the donations may be levied an exchange rate fee via your bank. Donors will want to connect with their bank to determine exactly what that fee may be. Additionally, international donors will need to reach out to a tax professional to discuss if and how tax deductibility will apply to their donation.
Who can sponsor my fundraising efforts?
The short answer is - everyone. The fundraising research shows that the number one reason for people not donating is that they weren't asked to.
That said, there are things you can do to attract people to sponsor you. Adding a picture to your fundraising page, telling potential donors why this cause is so personal to you, sharing your fundraising page on social media, email, and chat groups.
Last, if your employer has a gift matching program, check with the human resources department to support your favorite cause as well.
Who can I contact if I need help?
You can contact us any time if you need help. We love hearing from our users so please don't hesitate to write to us about issues, suggestions, or to just say hi. You can also contact the non-profit administrator directly if you would like.
How do I change or switch my team?
If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
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