The Step Sisters are a team of women and men in Loudoun County’s Brambleton community and beyond that joined together seven years ago to take on the challenge of fighting breast cancer. We are made up of breast cancer survivors as well as mothers, sisters, daughters, brothers, sons and fathers who have all been touched by this terrible disease. The Step Sisters have raised more than $500,000 for the breast cancer cause in nearly 8 years.
The Step Sisters organization was founded in 2005 with initial fundraising efforts directed primarily towards breast cancer research via the Avon Foundation. In its first eight years, the group was very successful,raising over $500,000 towards a cure.
In early 2014 however, The Step Sisters made a major shift in focus. After seeing countless friends, neighbors and relatives diagnosed with breast cancer, members of the group realized that their work could have a stronger and more direct impact felt locally, by supporting those currently battling the disease.
On February 2, 2014, The Step Sisters announced a new mission: The organization supports local patients by providing much needed quality-of-life services for breast cancer patients. Partnering with INOVA Loudoun Hospital, The Step Sisters now fund four main services for breast cancer patients: fresh food delivery, house cleaning, lawn care and transportation to and from appointments. We hope to expand these service offerings as our organization grows.
The Step Sisters is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Our first son Carter was born with Dandy-Walker Variant in 2008. To honor him and to raise awareness for Dandy-Walker and the Dandy-Walker Alliance (a 501(c)(3) public charity), we have organized a 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, Kid’s Fun Run and Family Fun Fest! The funds raised will help facilitate more research studies and trials in order to combat and hopefully successfully treat Dandy-Walker Syndrome and Dandy-Walker Variant. SCROLL DOWN FOR RACE INFORMATION.
The Dandy-Walker Alliance was established in 2006 by a family in Maryland after their first child was diagnosed with the congenital brain malformation in utero at 19 weeks gestation. At that time there was little known about Dandy-Walker Syndrome and the decision was made to create an organization where families could access reliable information and support. With the belief that by promoting awareness, providing a support network for the Dandy-Walker community, helping to set and support research activities and by making information available to families affected in an organized and accessible way, we can offer encouragement, services and support to families while also moving results from the laboratory to the patient bedside.