Supporting the Cancer Community and Serving Up Hope... Family Style!
Empowering, encouraging and celebrating cancer warriors,
and inspiring youth to be creative and compassionate.
Empowering, encouraging and celebrating cancer warriors,
and inspiring youth to be creative and compassionate.
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.
* 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, 2019 and a special private team ride in September 2020 for the virtual Dempsey Challenge);
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);
Furry Ambassadors For Hope (bringing smiles with visits to kids with life-threatening illnesses, respite camps, hospitals, charity and community events with our Furry Ambassadors Lagoona and Kuiper the Dutch Angel Dragons, and Mama Bear Kalliope, Spokesbear of the Hope Bear Project (coming summer 2021);
Supers For Hope and Princesses For Hope (encouraging kids to "Stay Strong!", be kind, and never give up hope, with visits to kids with life-threatening illnesses, respite camps, hospitals, charity and community events with our superhero and princess characters);
Musicians For Hope (with Singer/Songwriter Kristen Short, Bringing music, prayer and comfort to those in cancer care and hospice);
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, and others. See the Cool Treats website at www.cooltreats.org).
We are 100% volunteer directed and operated with no salaried staff. Your donations go right to making a difference in a cancer warrior's life.
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.
In March 2021 Kristen celebrated ten years of cancer remission and the official end of her cancer treatment. She is grateful for all the love, support and prayers she has received
Kristen Short and children during her breast cancer treatment, 2011. Photo by husband Chris Short.
The Short Family and Trent Newton, six of the Team Short Folks For Hope / Vivian St. Onge Memorial Rickshaw Team Members, at Dempsey Challenge 2019. Photo by Beth Comeau.
Here are descriptions of Short Folks For Hope Foundation's nine hope-fostering projects!
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 2020, 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
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
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 had a special private ride for the team as part of the virtual 2020 Dempsey Challenge). We have plans to participate in additional charity rides in the future.
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/shortfolksforhope 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Providing Hope Bears and Encouragement Packs to children and adults with life-threatening illnesses to bring comfort and to foster hope.
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;
* small grants for cancer families to help with treatment travel expenses;
Creatively fulfilling little wishes for cancer warriors
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. Furry Ambassador Kuiper the Dutch Angel Dragon arrived in February 2020, and Hope Bear Project Spokesbear Mama Bear Kalliope will be joining us in July 2021!
The Furry Ambassadors For Hope Project is founded and managed by Short Folks For Hope Ambassador Allie Short. The Dutch Angel Dragon species was created by Deanna Biesemeyer. Lagoona character was created by Allie Short. Lagoona, Kuiper and Kalliope fursuits by 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
Short Folks For Hope Foundation's Supers For Hope project is founded and managed by Youth Ambassador Ian Short. Our superheroes encourage kids (and adults) to “Stay Strong!” and support charitable efforts in our communities.
Our current "Supers" include Spider-Man, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Spider-Gwen and Batman.
to "Stay Strong!"
with our Supers For Hope
Our Short Folks For Hope Foundation's Princesses For Hope Project encourages youth to stay strong, be kind, and never give up hope. Although our first Royal Tea fundraising event scheduled for September 2020 was postponed due to COVID-19, we will be holding our Royal Tea event in Fall 2021, date to be announced. Event will be held at Village Pizzeria & Lounge in Mechanic Falls, Maine, with event hostesses Glinda of Oz, Queen Elsa, Mulan, Princess Jasmine and more.
With Singer/Songwriter Kristen Short's Musicians For Hope Project, she brings music, prayer and comfort to those in cancer care and hospice. Kristen sings hymns and contemporary songs of hope. Special song requests for a loved one are welcome.
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
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SHORT FOLKS FOR HOPE FOUNDATION IS A 501(c)(3) public charity,
IRS Identification #46-1044683. Donations are tax deductible in the U.S.
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