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Written by Holly Larson   
Friday, 19 September 2014 09:06

PORT BYRON, IL - The Nick Teddy Foundation’s “Nick Teddy 5k,” presented by First Wealth Financial Group of Clinton, Iowa, was held on Saturday, September 13, and hosted almost 375 runners in its third annual event.

Overall male winner for the 5K race was Michael Converse of Geneseo, IL with a time of 18:47. Women’s winner Yvonne Regan of Port Byron, IL crossed the finish line in a time of 21:09.  Complete race results can be found online at !

The day’s races included a 1-mile family fun run/walk, the Teddy Trot for children 12 years of age and under, and the 5k event. Breton Williams, presenting sponsor from First Wealth Financial Group of Clinton, IA, fired the starting shot to open the festivities. Members from Riverdale Elementary’s 100 Mile Club ran to earn credits toward shoe charms to mark their achievements.

The annual celebration also included kids’ games, a silent auction and raffle, and an after party with food and beverage by D’s Smokin BBQ and Catering of Albany, IL, and the new River Bottom Chop House of Port Byron, IL. Entertainment was provided by local artist Jordan Danielsen.

The Nick Teddy 5k is held in memory of Port Byron native Nicholas Theodore Strub, who died of Ewing’s sarcoma in November 2011. Proceeds benefit sarcoma research through the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, and provide support for local Ewing’s patients and their families. The rare pediatric bone cancer currently affects several area children and young adults.

More information can be found online at:,, on Facebook (;on Twitter (

Photos and interviews are available for 5k post-race stories. Race Director/Contact: Holly Larson
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One Month. One Cause. One Million Miles. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gillian Kocher   
Monday, 15 September 2014 09:22

Alex’s Million Mile Initiative enlists supporters to Run. Walk. Ride. One Million Miles this September to raise the profile of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


Philadelphia, PA (July 2014) – In an effort to raise the profile of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation will go the distance this September, launching Alex’s Million Mile – Run. Walk. Ride. With firsthand knowledge of just how far parents of children with cancer would go to find a cure for their child, the Foundation will challenge supporters everywhere to go the extra mile this September, collectively running, walking or cycling one million miles to work toward better treatments and ultimately cures for all kids with cancer.

The brainchild of Foundation Co-Executive Director, Jay Scott, a running enthusiast, Alex’s Million Mile invites ambitious individuals, as well as teams, to pledge to run/walk/ride and contribute to the one million mile goal during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Drawing from the inspiration of Foundation creator Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who set out to raise $1 million through lemonade stands in 2004, Jay Scott feels that through combined efforts, reaching one million miles in just thirty days is attainable. The initiative provides a fun, easy and free way for people across the country to make a difference in the fight against childhood cancer.

“I am thrilled to bring back Alex’s Million Mile for the second annual initiative to help Childhood Cancer Awareness Month attain the same status that other awareness months have,” says Scott. “Alex’s Million Mile is as an easy way for runners, walkers and cyclists of all abilities to contribute to the fight against childhood cancer, build community support and get fit,” says Scott.

Alex’s Million Mile will utilize both the MapMyFitness applications and the ability for participants to manually enter the miles they log daily. Individuals and teams who participate can log as many or as few miles as their ability level allows, every mile will count toward the larger goal. For those wishing to push themselves to reach 100 miles throughout the month, individuals will need to average 3-4 miles a day, while teams can split up the 100 miles. For instance, a group of 4 employees can walk a mile at lunch every day and easily reach their goal.

In its inaugural year, Alex’s Million Mile (formerly known as the Million Mile Run), mobilized more than 5,000 participants to log 250,000 miles and raise over $500,000 for the cause. Among the various ways that miles were logged by participants from coast to coast: parents walked their children to school each day, logging one mile each way; families walked to Friday night dinners and back; instead of taking public transportation, individuals ran to work or evening outings. The possibilities are endless, with each step being counted toward the ultimate goal of logging one million miles, and more importantly raising vital awareness of the number one disease killer of children under the age of 15 in the United States.

“September has become highly recognizable within the childhood cancer community as an important time of year,” says Liz Scott, Alex’s mom and Co-Executive Director of the Foundation. “However, for many, the cause September is attached to remains widely unknown. While we’ve made progress in the fight against childhood cancer within the past ten years of our existence, there is still a long way to go. We hope that through the collective efforts of Alex’s Million Mile participants, we can close the distance between better treatments and ultimately cures.”

New to the 2014 event, Booster, LLC  ( will provide participants a platform to easily launch their own t-shirt fundraising campaigns to support their Alex’s Million Mile efforts. Participants who sign up for Alex’s Million Mile will have the opportunity to use Booster to create their own designs and in turn sell custom t-shirts to raise money without buying in advance or holding any inventory.  To learn more, or to launch a Booster campaign to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit:

Individuals and teams who are interested in participating or learning more about Alex’s Million Mile can visit where they will find a video detailing the effort, testimonials from those who participated last year, and starting in September - live updates from social media on efforts in 2014 utilizing the hashtag #Journey2aMillion.

About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $80 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 450 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit

How far is 1 Million Miles?


A trip to the moon and back, twice.

More than 40 times around the earth.

More than 3,000 trips from NYC to Los Angeles.

More than 38,000 Marathons.



Convoy of Hope Arrives in Sioux City with $1 Million in Food, Giveaways and Services PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Molly Erickson   
Friday, 12 September 2014 14:31

Thousands Expected to Attend Saturday’s Celebration

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - September 11, 2014 - Convoy of Hope will stop in Sioux City, Iowa, on Saturday, September 13, at Sioux City Convention Center to provide a day of free food, goods and services. The community celebration is one of dozens Convoy of Hope will host in 2014 throughout the United States. In 2013, more than 118,000 guests attended the $50-million tour at stops around the country.

WHAT: A free Sioux City community event offering $1 million in free goods and services including more than 35,000 pounds of groceries, haircuts, dental check-ups, family portraits, health services, job and career services, a kids carnival and more.

While supplies last—all are welcome. No I.D. required.

WHY: Provides an opportunity for more than 1,000 local community volunteers to share hope and tangible help with thousands of their neighbors in a spirit of honor and dignity.

WHO: The community of Sioux City, including numerous local businesses, organizations, churches and Convoy of Hope. Convoy of Hope is also working with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) and Plum Organics at the outreach. NBCF will provide education, support and early detection services to underserved women in the community. Plum Organics will distribute organic food specifically created for babies, toddlers and school-aged children.

WHEN: Saturday, September 13 - Gates open at 10 a.m. (rain or shine)

Sioux City Convention Center
801 4th St.
Sioux City, IA  51101

Learn more about the outreach by visiting or contact Heidi Leiber at 712-253-3008.

About Convoy of Hope

Convoy of Hope, a faith ­based organization founded in 1994, has a driving passion to feed the world. With a long history as an early responder in times of natural disasters, Convoy of Hope has been a Four Star Charity as recognized by Charity Navigator for 11 consecutive years. In the last 20 years, Convoy of Hope has served more than 65 million people. For more information please visit

"We're not a Flame, We're a Fire!" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Kilgannon   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 14:59
Sept 2014 QC Interfaith Newsletter

Gamaliel of Illinois & QCI Rally in Support of  Jobs Training , Education Equity at State Wide Public Meeting. Nearly 1000 lay and clergy leaders, elected officials and allies rallied at New Life Community Church in East St. Louis Thursday August 14th for Gamaliel of Illinois's first ever state wide public meeting.  The "Fire of Faith" public meeting brought together hundreds  from Illinois (and our allies in Iowa too).

Governor Pat Quinn and local office holders listened to testimony  from people calling on infrastructure jobs and jobs training, equitable early learning education and addressing criminal justice issues across Illinois and the QC region. 
GOI won support for a state wide summit on restorative justice; for the Springfield and Quad Cites Community Benefits Agreement and a rail station in East St Louis!

Michael Jones from Rock Island, a graduate of the Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) at Black Hawk College testified to his success in getting the job he wanted thanks to the HCCTP.

QCI Trivia Night Fundraiser is this Saturday, Sept 13th

A Trivia Night Fundraiser to Benefit QCI is Saturday, Sept. 13th at Second Baptist Church, 919 - 6th Avenue Rock Island.

$10.00 a person or $80.00 for a table of 8.   Doors open at 6:30pm and game begins at 7:00pm. Mulligans, Double Downs, Door Prizes!

Food for Sale!!!! $6.00 pulled chicken sandwich meal, drinks and baked goods to benefit QCI and the Second Baptist Church Hunger Ministry!

Also, you may bring your own food. Please, no alcohol.

To reserve your table, or for questions,  call 563.322.4910 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please spread the word and join us for a night of fun and fundraising!

Marshalls’ and TJ Maxx’s Parent Company Supports Christian Care PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ann Ring   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 14:17

Rock Island, IL – The Foundation for TJX Companies, Inc., one of the leading off-price retailers of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide and owner of TJ Maxx and Marshalls, provided Christian Care with a $5,000 grant to support its rescue mission and domestic violence shelter.

“We are tremendously grateful for the support that the TJX Foundation has given Christian Care,” said Elaine Winter, Christian Care’s Chief Executive Officer. “This funding will help us provide shelter and food for so many individuals in the Quad Cities. Last year, for example, we sheltered nearly 230 men, women and children and provided nearly 60,000 meals. With the changing seasons, we expect that the need for food and shelter in our community will be even greater, so this funding is arriving at a good time.”

Christian Care is transforming the lives of homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison, and those with mental illness. Its two facilities—a domestic violence shelter for abused women and children and a rescue mission for homeless men—provide safe shelter, nutritious meals, clothing, counseling, self-development programs, referrals and guidance to those in need. Its services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the goal of nourishing the bodies, minds, hearts and souls of the men, women and children who come seeking a new way of life. If you know someone in need, call the Christian Care crisis hotline any hour of the day or night at (309) 788-2273.


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