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Supporting the Cancer Community and Serving Up Hope... Family Style!

Empowering, encouraging and celebrating cancer warriors, 

and inspiring youth to be creative and compassionate

About Us - Our MiSSION

About Us - Our Mission

Short Folks For Hope Foundation is a 501(c)(3) cancer support charity founded by breast cancer survivor Kristen Short. Kristen is a singer/songwriter, wife to Chris and mother of three.  Through Kristen's cancer journey, which began July 15, 2010, she has met many courageous cancer warriors and kind caregivers and supporters who inspire her and give her hope. Kristen desires to help others impacted by cancer and to inspire youth to be involved in charitable efforts, and she founded Short Folks For Hope Foundation September 6, 2012. 


OUR MISSION:
* to empower, encourage and celebrate cancer warriors with our special projects:


Vivian St. Onge Memorial Rickshaw Team (enabling cancer warriors to experience the joy and exhilaration of charity cycling events with team pedicab drivers; inspired by SFFHF Board Member Vivian St. Onge 1959-2014; initial launch of the Team at the 2014 Dempsey Challenge with event participation in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019); 


The Hope Bear Project  (providing Hope Bears and Encouragement Packs to cancer patients to bring comfort and foster hope; Hope Bears can be a cheery travel buddy on their courageous adventures, and patients share photos of their Hope Bear adventures with the tag #shortfolkshopebear); 


Wishes For Hope (creatively fulfilling little wishes for cancer patients);


Furries For Hope (bringing smiles to kids with life-threatening illnesses with visits to respite camps, hospitals, charity and community events with our Furry Ambassador Lagoona the Dutch 

Angel Dragon and her furry friends); 


Supers For Hope (encouraging kids to "Stay Strong!", visiting respite camps, hospitals, charity and community events with our superhero characters);  


Youth Ambassadors For Hope (motivating, guiding and providing opportunities for youth to be compassionate, creative, hope-fostering members of our communities, and recognizing outstanding charitable efforts by youth; 


Team Short Folks For Hope and The Short Family's Cool Treats For Charity 

nonprofit frozen treat pushcart business also raise funds and awareness for other hope-fostering organizations, including Dempsey Center, Hospice House, Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, Camp Sunshine of Sebago Lake, Fast Freddie Foundation, and others.  See the Cool Treats website at www.cooltreats.org



KRISTEN SHORT - MUSIC AND AWARDS 

In 2011 Kristen wrote and released the song and video "Chairs" about her cancer journey.  She dedicated the song to the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing (now named Dempsey Center). One hundred percent of "Chairs" music downloads (available on iTunes, Amazon.com, CD Baby and other retailers) benefits Short Folks For Hope Foundation and Dempsey Center. See the video on the "About Us" tab. 


In October 2012 Kristen was named the Amgen Breakaway From Cancer Survivor Award recipient at the 2012 Dempsey Challenge.


In 2014 Kristen wrote and released the song, "Smile," dedicated to late Short Folks For Hope Foundation Board member Vivian St. Onge.  One hundred percent of "Smile" music downloads (available on iTunes, Amazon.com, CD Baby and other retailers) benefits Short Folks For Hope Foundation's Vivian St. Onge Memorial Rickshaw Team Project. 


In September 2019, Kristen was awarded as one of Maine's Coast 93.1 "20 Outstanding Women" of 2019.  Listen to Kristen's interview here.

Kristen Short and children during her breast cancer treatment, 2011.  Photo by husband Chris Short.
Kristen Short and children during her breast cancer treatment, 2011. Photo by husband Chris Short.

OUR PROJECTS

Here are descriptions of Short Folks For Hope Foundation's seven hope-fostering projects!

The Youth Ambassadors of Short Folks For Hope Foundation with founder  Kristen Short, 2018.

our projects - #1

Youth Ambassadors For Hope-Team Short Folks For Hope (est.2012)

Short Folks For Hope Foundation started out as a fundraising charitable organization in 2012.  Kristen and the Short Family have been active participants in the annual Dempsey Challenge, fundraising event for cancer support care organization, Dempsey Center (formerly The Patrick Dempsey Center For Cancer Hope & Healing.  The Dempsey Center provides services to cancer patients and their families free of charge.  From 2011 to 2019, the Short Family and their small youth-majority Team Short Folks For Hope raised over $80,000 for the Dempsey Center with their own fundraising plus the Positive Tracks 50% matching donation (granted for teams comprised of at least 50% youth for the 2011 through 2017 events).   


With our Youth Ambassadors For Hope project, we are motivating, guiding and providing opportunities for youth to be compassionate, creative, hope-fostering members of our communities, and we recognize outstanding charitable efforts by youth. 

Motivating, guiding and providing opportunities for youth to be compassionate, creative, hope-fostering members of our communities

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OUR PROJECTS - #2

The Short Family's Cool Treats For Charity Pushcart (Est. 2013)

Cool Treats for Charity is a nonprofit frozen treat mobile pushcart business owned and established in 2013 by Kristen Short and operated by The Short Family at community and charity events and private functions.  Proceeds from the sale of our frozen treats, snacks and beverages benefit local charity.  Since our first event in the summer of 2013, Cool Treats For Charity has donated over $5,000 to Short Folks For Hope and other local charities (Dempsey Center, Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, Androscoggin Hospice House, American Cancer Society/Relay for Life, Team Hailey Hugs, Community of the Resurrection, Responsible Pet Care, and Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake), and have also donated to fundraisers for families with loved ones going through cancer treatment.   For more information and/or to book Cool Treats For Charity at an event, see our website at https://www.cooltreats.org. 

Cool Treats For Charity


Cool Treats...Warm Hearts

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OUR PROJECT #3

The Vivian St. Onge Memorial Rickshaw Team (est. 2014)

Vivian St. Onge (1959-2014) was an energetic and kind philanthropist, oncology nurse, political activist, entrepreneur, crafter and adept cyclist who lived life to the absolute fullest despite a three-year battle with stage IV breast cancer.  Vivian was a dedicated supporter and independent fundraiser for The Dempsey Center/Dempsey Challenge.  Even though she was in active cancer treatment, Vivian courageously completed the 50-mile Dempsey Challenge cycling event in 2011.   She was a beloved board member of the Short Folks For Hope Foundation. 

Due to her increased health challenges, Vivian was not able to ride in the 2013 Dempsey Challenge, but she was there at the finish line enthusiastically cheering all the cancer warriors on.  Anyone who knew Vivian knew how much she loved cycling and how her heart longed to be on the road again. 

After a valiant battle, Vivian earned her angel wings February 28, 2014.  She is forever in our hearts and the hearts of those who had the great fortune of knowing her.  Before Vivian passed, she spoke to her family, Kristen and other friends about several cancer warrior empowering wishes of hers that she wanted to see to fruition.  Short Folks For Hope Foundation is honored to have helped make one of Vivian’s wishes a reality in 2014, The Vivian St. Onge Memorial Rickshaw Project at the Dempsey Challenge Cycling Event.  This project enables cancer warriors who are unable to cycle in the Dempsey Challenge cycling event the opportunity to ride on Vivian's Rickshaw Team with a team pedicab driver from Flow Pedicab Company.  They experience the joy and exhilaration of riding in the event and crossing the finish line, where they are showered with cheers, hugs and hope and are donned with a team medal. The Vivian St. Onge Memorial Rickshaw Team presented by Short Folks For Hope Foundation is an annual project at the Dempsey Challenge cycling event since its debut in 2014 and is operated, funded and managed by the Short Folks For Hope Foundation.  For more information about The Dempsey Challenge, see http://www.dempseycenter.org. The Vivian St. Onge Memorial Rickshaw Team ​rode for its  sixth year in the 2019 Dempsey Challenge cycling event and plans to participate in additional charity rides in the future.  

Enabling cancer warriors to experience the joy and exhilaration of charity cycling events

Our first Hope Bear recipient, Cancer Warrior Karen, who earned her angel wings 7/11/2018.

OUR PROJECT #4

HOPE BEAR PROJECT (Est. 2016)

Meet our hope-fostering friends, Hobart, Hailey, Cam, Angel and Mama Bear the Hope Bears!  With Short Folks For Hope Foundation's Hope Bear Project, we give our Hope Bear Encouragement Packs to patients with life-threatening illnesses to bring comfort and to be cheery friends and travel buddies on their courageous adventures.  The Hope Bears have our Short Folks For Hope Foundation smile logo on the front and the Short family's hugging trademark, "HGH - Hugs Given Here."  

Shining star Cancer Warrior Karen was our first cancer warrior to receive a Hobart the Hope Bear in June 2016.  The name Hobart means "bright shining one," and he accompanied Karen to her medical appointments, treatments and hospital stays, and family adventures throughout her cancer journey.  Hailey the Hope Bear and Cam the Hope Bear are namesakes of two courageous young cancer warriors who are an inspiration to us and actively help other families who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis.  Mama Bear the Hope Bear (also known as Kalliope) is the namesake of our founder, Kristen, who has the determination to fight cancer, raise a family, help others, and never gives up hope. 


Want to help?  A $30 donation sponsors a Hope Bear Encouragement Pack for a cancer patient.  Online donations for our Hope Bear Project can be made here:   https://donorbox.org/hope-bear-project  Want to request a Hope Bear/Encouragement Pack for a loved one in cancer treatment?  Contact Short Folks For Hope Founder/Executive Director Kristen Short at (888) 522-6987, email info@shortfolks.org.  

Providing Hope Bears and Encouragement Packs to children and adults with life-threatening illnesses to bring comfort and to foster hope.  

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Our Project - #5

Wishes For Hope (Est. 2016)

Short Folks For Hope Foundation has been creatively fulfilling little wishes for advanced stage cancer warriors since 2016.  Some of the wishes we've granted include:

* a special helicopter flight for a military veteran over his hometown; 

*  a season's pass to an amusement park for a pediatric warrior; 

* a horseback ride for a cancer warrior who hadn't been able to ride in years; 

* a horseback ride for a cancer warrior who wanted to take her first ride; 

* a lovely wig for a young mom with long hair who was losing her hair to cancer treatment; 

* planting wished-for flowers in a cancer warrior's garden; 

and more. 

Creatively fulfilling little wishes for cancer warriors

Lagoona the Dutch Angel Dragon with Cancer Warrior Wesley at Camp Sunshine.  Photo by Mom Stacey.

Our project - #6

Furries For Hope (With Lagoona the Dutch Angel Dragon) (Est.2017)

Our Furry Ambassador, Lagoona the Dutch Angel Dragon, arrived in 2017, and she has been bringing smiles to kids with life-threatening illnesses and supporting charitable efforts in our communities ever since.  Lagoona is an energetic and fun character who visits cancer warriors in treatment, respite camps, cancer centers and charity functions, and she is loved by children and adults alike.

The Furries For Hope Project is founded and managed by Youth Ambassador Allie Short. ​The Dutch Angel Dragon species was created by Deanna Biesemeyer.  Lagoona character was created by Allie Short with Craig Ames of CCS Mascots.  

Bringing smiles to kids with life-threatening illnesses and supporting charitable efforts in our communities with our Furry Ambassador, Lagoona

Our Supers For Hope - Spider Gwen, Youth Ambassador Isaiah, Captain Marvel and Spider-Man.

OUR PROJECTS - #7

Supers For Hope (Est. 2018)

Short Folks For Hope Foundation's Supers For Hope project is founded and managed by Youth Ambassador Ian Short.  Our superheroes and special characters encourage kids (and adults)

to “Stay Strong!” and support charitable efforts in our communities.  


Our "Supers" include Spider-Man, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Spider-Gwen and Batman, with additional characters coming soon. 

Encouraging kids 

to "Stay Strong!" 

with our Supers For Hope

Our 2019 Sponsors

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DONATE TO SHORT FOLKS FOR HOPE FOUNDATION

Your donations make our hope-fostering projects happen!  


Donations can be mailed to:

Short Folks For Hope Foundation

P.O. Box 659

Norway, Maine  04268


or online with credit card via Donorbox

button below. 

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