BOSTON– Credit Unions Kids at Heart said it has raised $500,000 this year for research initiatives conducted at Boston Children’s Hospital.
The organization said it is the largest single-year donation in a multi-year effort to fund research aimed at the prevention, treatment, and/or cure of pediatric brain tumors, pediatric epilepsy, Moyamoya disease, Sturge-Weber syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy.
Founded in 1996, Credit Unions Kids at Heart reported it raises funds in part by sponsoring a Boston Marathon team that runs with the Boston Children’s Hospital charitable organization and wear their bibs. 2019 marks the Credit Unions Kids at Heart Team’s 20thconsecutive running of the Boston Marathon.
“Five runners faced this challenging 26.2-mile route in the team’s first year, and today the team has grown to 22 members, some of whom are sponsored by participating credit unions,” the organization said.
Each year, these runners are paired with Boston Children’s Hospital patient partners, many of whom are challenged to overcome debilitating diseases, and their partnership inspires an ambitious training and fundraising regimen that is encouraged and supported by the credit union community.
The Greater Good
Eastern Corporate FCU (EasCorp) CEO Jane Melchionda formed the Credit Unions Kids at Heart to leverage the collective impact of credit union charitable efforts and as a reflection of the industry’s belief in collaboration in service of a greater good, EasCorp said.
“Our mission is to help children lead happy and healthy lives, and we believe that through research we can make possible a future where every child can thrive,” Melchionda said. “We set an ambitious fundraising goal this year, but we know that every dollar raised for research makes possible new medical discoveries, diagnostic tools, and treatment breakthroughs. The scientists and physicians at Boston Children’s Hospital push the boundaries of medicine to provide the best possible care for kids, and we are so proud to have reached our fundraising goal in support of their work.”
The organization said the Credit Unions Kids at Heart Team also consists of more than 60 participating credit unions and several of their business partners. Since the Credit Unions Kids at Heart was founded in 1996, it has donated nearly $7 million to Boston Children’s Hospital toward special research projects, and ensures foremost that no portion of donations is withheld for administrative purposes.
The 2019 Participating CUs
2019 Participating Credit Unions included: 600 Atlantic FCU, Acushnet FCU, Boston Firefighters CU, Bridgewater CU, Cambridge Firefighters FCU, Cambridge Teachers FCU, Chelsea Employees FCU, City of Boston CU, Commonwealth Utilities Employees CU, Digital FCU, Direct FCU, EasCorp, Energy CU, Franklin First FCU, Granite State CU, Hanscom FCU, Harvard University Employees CU, Holyoke CU, HTM CU, Jeanne D'Arc CU, Liberty Bay CU, Lynn Firemen's FCU, Marblehead Municipal FCU, Massachusetts Family CU, Members Plus CU, Merrimack Valley CU, Methuen FCU, Middlesex-Essex Postal Employees FCU, Mills42 FCU, MIT FCU, NASA FCU, New England Teamsters FCU, New Hampshire FCU, Pawtucket CU, PSECU, Plymouth County Teachers FCU, Quincy CU, Randolph-Brooks FCU, Reading Mass. Town Employees FCU, Revere Municipal Employees FCU, Rockland FCU, RTN FCU, Saco Valley CU, Santo Christo FCU, Service CU, St. Anne CU, St. Anne's CU of Fall River, St. Anthony of New Bedford FCU, St. Anthony of Padua FCU, St. Dominic's FCU, St. Jean's CU, St. Vincent Hospital CU, Stewart's FCU, Stoneham Municipal Employees FCU, Tewksbury FCU, Tremont CU, USALLIANCE Financial, Webster First FCU, Wellesley Municipal Employees FCU, Western Connecticut FCU, and Woburn Municipal FCU.