Big House 5K: Supporting the Local Washtenaw Community

Big House 5K is a fundraiser to support the following six local non-profit entities. We encourage you to raise additional funds to support these great causes in addition to your race registration fee donation.

ChadTough Foundation
About The ChadTough Foundation
  • The mission of The ChadTough Foundation is to fund research and raise awareness for Pediatric Brain Tumors with an emphasis on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). The most hated word in the world of pediatric brain tumors is "rare." "Rare" is the reason there is not enough research being done. "Rare" is the reason there aren't drugs being developed. "Rare" is the reason there is so little funding. "Rare" is why our kids don't have more options. The three facts below negate the claim of "rare":

    1. Cancer is the number one disease killer of children in America
    2. Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related death in children
    3. DIPG is the leading cause of death from brain tumors in children

    DIPG presents a great challenge, it is an extremely difficult and complex disease. We believe a cure will come from talented, passionate people working collaboratively. It will come from "Thinking outside the Box" and taking some risks. It will come from small breakthroughs happening in many different areas of medicine. The ChadTough Foundation is committed to funding this work.
U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center
About Patient & Family Support Services
  • Providing the right support for cancer patients and their families starts with treating them like part of our own family. That's the commitment of the Patient & Family Support Services Program at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Cancer afflicts not only the body, but the whole person and the whole family. That's why the Patient & Family Support Services (PFSS) Program is fully integrated into each patient's multidisciplinary treatment plan. A patient's support team includes not only the finest doctors and nurses, but specialists in psychiatry, social work, art therapy, nutrition, finance, and other areas. In everything we do, our goal is to reduce the burden of cancer. That burden can take many forms throughout diagnosis and treatment. From helping new patients find their way to clinic appointments, to managing the physical side effects of chemotherapy, to assisting families in locating affordable lodging during extended stays, reducing cancer's burden is all about identifying possible sources of distress for patients and families and developing strategies to address them.
North Star Reach
About North Star Reach
  • North Star Reach is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, which provides authentic camp experiences to children with serious health challenges. Camp is located on 105 acres in Pinckney, Michigan. Our administrative offices are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We currently employee 10 fulltime, and 1 part-time staff. As a provisional member of the SeriousFun Children's Network founded by Paul Newman, North Star Reach serves children with chronic and life-threatening health challenges free of charge. North Star Reach will be open year-round in 2016 and will include a health center, dining hall, cabins to house campers and staff, arts and crafts center, nature trails, athletic court, sports field, an accessible tree house with zap line, archery range, amphitheater and waterfront docks, all designed to fit in a rustic camp environment. Camp will accommodate approximately 1,500 children and family members annually, all free of charge. North Star Reach will serve children from the Great Lakes region's children's hospitals. Our Medical Advisory Committee, assembled from partner hospital and health systems, will continually evaluate the need for additional programs in the future.
Michigan Urology
About Men of Michigan Prostate Cancer Research Fund
  • The Urologic Oncology Division of the U-M Department of Urology is at the forefront of advancing innovative and collaborative explorations in the field of prostate cancer research. This is accomplished thanks to a broad range of research laboratories and grant funding. We are committed to translating scientific discoveries into better diagnostic and therapeutic options for men with prostate cancer. In large part, due to generous philanthropic support from people like you, our team is making a difference in the fight against prostate cancer.
Community Action Network
About Community Action Network
  • Community Action Network partners with children, youth, and families from under-resourced Washtenaw County neighborhoods to create better futures for themselves, and improve the communities in which they live. Community Impact: CAN's after school programs have provided children and youth services, including academic support, since its inception in 1987. The overall goals of the after school program are to provide the support needed so children and youth can achieve their highest academic potential, and become successful, self-supporting adults. Since 2002 when CAN began tracking outcomes data, children participating in CAN's programs are performing better academically and socially, and high school drop-outs have virtually been eliminated. The high school graduation rate for students participating in CAN's programs is 96%, compared to the Ann Arbor graduation rate of 67% for economically disadvantaged children. Organizational Structure: CAN operates 4 community centers, 5 after school programs- two of which located in elementary schools, 5 food distributions, and a variety of other programs and services. CAN has 6 FTE, dozens of University of Michigan work study students, 4-5 UM interns, 8 Americorps Vistas, and thousands of volunteers annually.
U-M Glee Club
About the UM Men's Glee Club
  • Founded in 1859, the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club is one of the oldest collegiate chorus in the United States and the oldest continually-run student organization on the Michigan campus. Long acclaimed as one of the finest male choruses in the world, the Glee Club has achieved this stature by sustaining and respecting the traditions which have been established during its 155 year history. The graduate and undergraduate members of the Glee Club, chosen by audition at the beginning of both the Fall and Winter terms, represent a wide spectrum of majors in a majority of the University's 19 schools and colleges and its student officers are responsible for the management of all non-musical Glee Club operations. The Glee Club has become renowned for its wide repertoire of music that incorporates selections from different musical styles and periods including Renaissance motets, Romantic anthems, opera choruses, folksongs, spirituals, contemporary works, and, of course, Michigan songs. The Friars, an eight-member subset of the Glee Club, are in their 56th year and serve as an extension of Club as they maintain an ambitious performing schedule.