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In 2010, Cole Winarick was a freshman at the University of Delaware while his father began undergoing an experimental treatment for his melanoma. Cole’s father was the ninth patient in his phase of the clinical trial being conducted at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, inspiring the name behind the non-profit.
There is no cure for melanoma, which is regarded as the most dangerous form of skin cancer, and after Cole’s father was diagnosed, he realized the disease was significantly underfunded. Patient 9 Foundation partnered with the Delaware Community Foundation, and together they work to raise both funds and awareness for those living with melanoma, skin cancer, and other related diseases. Cole plans to allocate money raised to create a melanoma research grant “so that my father’s experimental treatment may have a higher remission and/or cure rate and altogether save lives.”
When Keefer Taylor, Olatunde Olatunji, and Zach Correa graduated from the University of Richmond in 2013, they were running a non-profit organization which helped to educate children in Nigeria to be technologically literate.
Inspired by Olatunji’s childhood in Nigeria, he wanted to find a way to give back to his home, first hoping to build a school, but wasn’t sure how. After Taylor and Correa joined forces with Olatunji, they realized there was one thing that united the three: their passion for computers and majors rooted in technological literacy.
Tapping into their strengths, they decided COS Nigeria partnered with the Ilesa Grammar School in Ilesa, Nigeria, and have raised funds to send computers, hardware, software, and school supplies to the school, as well as connecting the students to technologically literate teachers.
If you haven’t noticed yet, there is a running trend on this list: most of these non-profit organizations were created from a place of passion. And Kicking4Hunger is no exception.
“I grew up in a household that could not afford to send me to a high dollar soccer camp over the summer, and at an early age I was able to recognize that this money was put away towards other important necessities. I figured I would take the matter into my own hands, do my part to solve the hunger and soccer problem in my hometown, and at the same time do something I love: teaching children soccer,” said Gabriel Whaley, founder of Kicking4Soccer.
During his undergraduate years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill wanted to find a way to nurture children’s athletic potential without financial restrictions. He created Kicking4Hunger in 2006, which provides “a fun and educational soccer experience free of charge” and instead all they suggest, instead of payment (or even a registration fee) is a canned good donation to be sent to local food banks.