Splash For A Cure 2019 - Community Outreach

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We've been supporting this event from its inception 11 years ago, and it has been a pleasure each year.

We will be providing general PJ (photojournalistic) event coverage. The Ishan Gala foundation uses our photography as their main source of images in their year long effort to raise awareness, raise funds, and promote their cause.

The event itself begins at 8:00 AM. I would like all members attending this event to arrive by 7:30 AM at the latest. This will allow us some time to become familiar with the grounds and put together a plan of action.

• We’ll be covering the 5K race that starts at 8:00 – Group photo, some race photos, and finish line photos.

• We’ll also be doing general event photography: Poll Race, Awards Speech, Raffle Drawing - etc.

The Ishan Gala Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit with a mission to be present in the lives of children fighting cancer and their families to improve their quality of life during and after treatment. We were founded by Mayank and Sejal Gala after the loss of their 2 year old son, Ishan, to neuroblastoma in 2009. During Ishan's fight, they experienced and witnessed what this disease does to the entire family...and knew they needed to do something about it.

Only a few weeks after Ishan passed away, the Ishan Gala Foundation was formed and immediately began raising awareness and funds to support cutting edge research focused on finding less toxic treatments for neuroblastoma. Eventually, they also began the Hero Grants program to provide financial support to families all across the United States.

Once the University of Virginia's Battle Building was complete, the foundation decided to shift its mission and focus on local families throughout Virginia. With the new Children's hospital came new treatments, research capabilities, and more families who would need help. Many of the families treated at UVA travel distances for their treatment and check-up because it is their best option, but that also means additional expenses such as gas, wear and tear on vehicles, lodging, meals, all while trying to keep up with bills and life at home.

The Ishan Gala Foundation currently provides comfort and support to families who have been impacted by children's cancer through fun social events, comfort packages, regular check-ins, inpatient deliveries, financial support, and holiday cheer program.
Splash For A Cure 5K is an end of summer family friendly 5K walk/run followed by a post race festival with games, crafts, food, and opportunities to score awesome prizes through a raffle or silent auction! Waterpark Party only tickets available too!

Visit www.splashforacure.com (http://www.splashforacure.com/) for event details and to purchase tickets.

RSVP: If you are unsure if you can make it to this event, please RSVP No. If you RSVP Yes, be sure to follow through with your reservation and arrive at the designated time and location. Please annotate any changes to your attendance as soon as possible through the event page.

This is a fun event, and we hope to see you there!

Christian DeBaun
CPI Operations Director
The Charlottesville Photography Initiative[masked]