A $1,000,000 fundraising goal for families of children with cancer and a 1,615-mile bike ride from New Jersey to Florida sounds crazy — we know.
But all dreams start out sounding crazy — and every great success starts with a dream.
Our mission spreads not just the importance of realizing one’s own dreams, but the values of helping others realize theirs. Dream4TK, a completely student-run grassroots group, is still pursuing this mission. You can help us out through sponsorships, donations and time. Find out how you can help or how you can get involved in the next chapter of Dream4TK by emailing Dream4TK@gmail.com.
For families and children in need, Embrace Kids Foundation provides:
WHEN is the Dream4TK ride?
The Dream4TK ride started on July 28, 2013 with a launch celebration at Buccleuch Park in New Brunswick, NJ and reached Disney World in Orlando, FL on August 24. The five cyclists and the three-person support team traveled down the East Coast while raising awareness for the struggles of families and children affected by cancer and participating in community service activities.
WHO is going on the Dream4TK ride?
Five students and alumni from Rutgers University planned to ride the 1,500 miles to Walt Disney World. A three-person support team followed the riders, ready to offer supplies, back-up equipment and general assistance. The three-person support team also doubled as a documentary and marketing team.
WHY a bike ride?
We wanted to do something unexpected and extraordinary that would inspire those around us to believe in their dreams. We want to prove that even the most daunting challenges can be overcome and serve as an inspiration to our peers and the families of Embrace Kids. We hope that the public will gain an interest in our bike ride and as a result, more people will learn about Embrace Kids Foundation and the amazing programs it runs.
What does "4TK" mean?
"4TK" is short for "4 the kids," which is one of our mission's slogans.
What is the Embrace Kids Foundation?
Embrace Kids Foundation (or, Embrace Kids for short) is Dream4TK's sole beneficiary. From the Embrace Kid's website: "Embrace Kids Foundation exists to help families whose children have cancer, sickle cell disease or other blood disorders. The foundation is committed to enhancing the quality of life of the children and to relieving families of emotional and financial pressures. Embrace Kids supports families throughout the greater New Jersey area. A partial list of the programs offered by the foundation includes the Embrace Kids Learning Center, Emergency Financial Assistance, Family Services, Inspirational Events, Social Services and Counseling, The Edith and Martin Stein Building of Hope and the David E. Zullo PACCT Program." Click here to view Embrace Kids Foundation's website for more information.
Why are you chosing to support Embrace Kids over other charities?
Embrace Kids Foundation has a special place in the Rutgers community. It is very much a part of the community service culture at Rutgers and many organizations raise funds and donate their time to support the efforts of Embrace Kids. Every year, thousands of students become involved with Dance Marathon, a 32-hour event that raises funds for Embrace Kids Foundation. Dance Marathon is a life changing experience that many Rutgers students, including several members of the Dream Team, work hard year-round to put together. This single event is a massive fundraising effort that does a lot to support the programs of Embrace Kids, but once the event is over every year, Embrace Kids Foundation isn't given as much attention. We wanted to change that. Rather than focus on this wonderful organization once a year, we want the spotlight to be on Embrace Kids year round.
Checks should be made payable to "Embrace Kids Foundation" and sent to the Embrace Kids Foundation office at:
Embrace Kids Foundation
The Edith and Martin Stein Building of Hope
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
You can also send in a mail-in donation by downloading THIS FORM.
How can I or my company become a sponsor?
By becoming a Dream4TK sponsor, you are helping to make a difference in the lives of kids and families suffering from cancer or a blood disorder. Dream4TK has a number of sponsorship benefit packages available so that you or your company's name will receive exposure in the local community and down the East Coast. Click HERE to view the Dream4TK sponsorship packet.
Where can I find the Embrace Kids Foundation W-9 Form?
Thank you so much for supporting Dream4TK and Embrace Kids Foundation.
In less than a year, we made what seemed like a crazy, impossible idea into a reality. We hope this inspired families in need, and other groups or individuals who want to change the world for the better.
If you want to join the Dream4TK team, we want to hear from you!
Tell us what YOU would do to continue our mission.
Hike the Appalachian Trail. Run from coast to coast. The possibilities are endless. No feat is too big or too small. Make the impossible possible and make a difference in the lives of others. Check out our website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr for more information about our project!