Giving back to our community is an important part of the Cooper River Bridge Run.  Each and every participant has an opportunity to run for something more and fundraise for one of our chosen charities.  Our partnership with everydayhero, a service of Charleston’s own Blackbaud, helps runners create their own fundraising page, tell their story and support one of these great causes. 

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Along with registration, the Bridge Run offers participants the opportunity to help raise money for 16 charities.  It can be scary choosing a charity to donate to.  In this economy, every dollar counts. You want to be sure your hard earned donations are going to the cause described, and not squandered.  The bridge run has done the research for you.  We've found, among many, 16 well deserving charities.  Along with the larger, more reputable non-profits, we've found other smaller less exposed ones, that also, need and deserve your help. Just one dollar can make a difference! 


You have a choice of the following Charities:


Pet Helpers, founded in 1978, is missioned to ending the euthanasia of all adoptable pets in the lowcountry through low cost spay and neuter and providing high quality shelter and full medical care of each pet, until forever homes are found.  All pets are kept until adoption and over 25,000 have been saved to date.  Pet Helpers pursues animal cruelty and neglect, and is proactive in working with children through education and humane programs, working to teach at risk kids character build up, anti bullying, and humane compassion with a new program, Healing Species.


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Ronald McDonald


The Ronald McDonald House is a 25-bedroom home where families traveling from out of town stay while their children undergo specialized or extensive medical treatment at area hospitals.Ronald McDonald

Here, parents and children lead a life as normal as possible during their traumatic times without the financial burden of costly hotel and travel expenses.

The Ronald McDonald Family Room at MUSC provides a sanctuary within the walls of the hospital where family members can rest, read, shower or have a cup of coffee while still being only minutes away from their seriously ill child.



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Diabetes is a silent killer that has no cure.  It affects children and adults of all ages.  Diabetes can manifest life-threatening complications that can result in blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation, severe nerve damage and premature death.

Our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

We lead the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fight for those affected—by diabetes.


  • We fund research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes.
  • We deliver services to hundreds of communities.
  • We provide objective and credible information.
  • We give voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.


Your American Diabetes Association is the only organization supporting all people with diabetes: people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, children and adults. We help those who are for people with diabetes: parents, family, friends, employers. We are the only organization that also supports health care professionals who deliver the care and the scientist who search for the cure needed by people with diabetes.


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The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit set up to provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. We direct urgently needed resources to post 9-11 Marines and Sailors, as well as members of the Army, Air Force or Coast Guard who serve in support of Marine forces. The Semper Fi Fund (SFF) provides relief for financial needs that arise during hospitalization and recovery as well as assistance for those with perpetuating needs. Our program provides support in a variety of ways including: Service Member and Family Support, Specialized & Adaptive Equipment, Adaptive Housing, Adaptive Transportation, Education and Career Transition Assistance, Therapeutic Arts and Team Semper Fi.

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Water Missions International


Water Missions International is an engineering relief and development Christian nonprofit headquartered in Charleston, SC.  Its engineers, staff and volunteers design and provide sustainable, safe water solutions to disaster victims worldwide and people in 49 developing countries.  Since 2001, Water Missions International has responded to the world's largest natural disasters and daily tackles the world’s single biggest cause of illness - lack of safe water and adequate sanitation (U.N. Report, 2005) by providing safe water to more than two million people.
Water Missions International designs sustainable, safe water solutions that are low-maintenance and cost-effective. The design of the innovative Living Water™ Treatment System works like a "mini- municipal water treatment plant” (The Washington Post, 2010) and can purify more than 10,000 gallons of water per day—enough for 3,000 to 5,000 people.Water Missions International also trains local people to operate and maintain the water systems, which can provide safe water for 20 years or more. Basic health and hygiene principles are taught to educate the communities, and the systems are monitored and evaluated for their sustainability. Water Missions International has received Charity Navigator's top rating five years in a row.
The life-saving work of Water Missions International is only possible with the faithful support of donors, volunteers, and partners, particularly in the Charleston-area.  Thank you for joining with us as we seek to come along side the thousands of communities needing safe water.  For more information, please

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MUSC Childrens Hospital Fundmusc

MUSC Children's Hospital is the premier Children's Hospital in the southeast.  We are the only Children's Hospital in the State of South Carolina providing bone marrow transplants, heart surgery, burn center, and a pediatric emergency room that is open 24-7.  No child is ever turned away that is in need of care regardless of their ability to pay.  Every day at MUSC Children's Hospital, we meet brave children and their families who are in need of hope, answers-and, above all, care.  For us, meeting the needs of these children and families serves as the driving force behind every one of our missions-from critical care and laboratory research to medical education and children's health advocacy.



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Alzheimer's Association alzheimers

The Alzheimer's Association is the nation's largest voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.   Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all effected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. 
80,000 South Carolinians are currently living with Alzheimer's or related dementia.  We are here to help those individuals and their families navigate the difficult decisions and uncertainties at every stage of the disease.  Please support the Alzheimer's Association in our efforts to raise awareness, advance research and advocate for those affected.  To learn more or join the cause: or 800-860-1444


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Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Lowcountrykomen

The Lowcountry Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the local partner for the world's largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer.  Through annual events like the Komen Lowcountry Race for the Cure and the Survivors Celebration, the Komen Lowcountry Affiliate has invested more than $5 million in local breast health and breast cancer awareness projects in 17 counties.  Seventy-five percent of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stay in the 13-county service area, which provides grants to non-profit groups who can provide education, mammograms and some follow up to those uninsured or underinsured, while the remaining income goes to the national Komen for the Cure Award and Research Grant Programs - supporting research, awards and educational and scientific programs around the world.  The Komen Lowcountry Race for the Cure continues to be a remarkable event that grows by leaps and bounds.  The 2012 race hosted more than 9,500 participants on Daniel Island.   For more information, visit



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The American Cancer Society

Together with our more than three million volunteers across the country, the American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays every day by helping you stay well, get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.  With the combined force of wisdom from our century of experience and our passion to get results in this fight, we are in relentless pursuit  of our ultimate victory:  a world without cancer.
Stay well: We help you take steps to prevent cancer or detect it at its earliest, most treatable stage.
We develop guidelines for recommended cancer screenings and nutrition and physical activity, so you know what tests you need to find cancer early and how you can help prevent the disease.  On our website, you can create a personalized health action plan to discuss with your doctor that will tell you which cancer screening tests  are right for you, as well as healthy lifestyle choices to consider.
We provide tips, tools, and online resources to help you set goals and stay motivated to eat healthy and maintain an active lifestyle.
Get well: We're in your corner around the clock to guide you through a cancer experience.
Our phone lines are open every minute of every day and night for people needing answers.  Every year, we provide information, help, and support to the nearly one million people who call us at 1-800-227-2345
Through the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Network, we help more than 30,000 people with cancer and their families save tens of millions of dollars in lodging cost each year by providing a free place to stay while going through treatment far from home.
Fine cures: We're getting results by funding research that helps us understand cancer's causes, determine how best to prevent it, and discover new cures.
We've had a hand in nearly every major cancer breakthrough of the past century, such as confirming the link between obesity and multiple cancers, developing drugs to treat leukemia and advanced breast cancer, and showing that mammography is the most effective way to detect breast cancer.
We're the largest non-governmental funder of cancer research in the United States, having spent more than $3.3 billion on cancer research since 1946.
We have contributed to a 14 percent decrease in the cancer death rate since the early 1990's.  That means about 650,000 cancer deaths were avoided and more birthdays were celebrated.


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  The Metro Exchange Club of Charleston is proud to team up again this year with Windwood Family Services, to volunteer staff for the Bridge Run and help raise money for the prevention of child abuse. Windwood Family Services provides residential, outpatient and outreach therapeutic programing designed to prevent or heal child abuse and neglect. Since 1985, Windwood has served more than 600 boys in their residential program in Awendaw, SC.  Here, boys that have endured intense abuse and neglect, learn how to process their past, emotionally regulate their behaviors and strive for a brighter future - breaking the cycle of abuse. 

In 2011, Windwood opened their outpatient program in Mt. Pleasant, SC.  This program works with men, women and children of all ages.  Our highly trained clinicians handle depression, anxiety, divorce adjustment, adolescent adjustment, parenting advice and behavioral issues.  Adding to the array of services in 2012, Windwood partnered with the state of South Carolina in the Appropriate Response program.  To date, Windwood has provided resources and support to more than 1,100 Lowcountry families in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties, in an effort to prevent abuse and neglect in high risk situations. Visit us here for more information on our programs and services.


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Special Olympics
Special Olympics is a year-round sports training and competition organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Currently there are 22,596 Special Olympics athletes who train and competition in a choice of 23 different sports in South Carolina. Annual, Special Olympics South Carolina utilizes more than 12,000 volunteers.    

In addition to sports, Special Olympics offers opportunities in leadership through the Athlete Leadership Program, health clinics through the Healthy Athlete Program and inclusion opportunities through Project Unify. Learn more at .

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Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy chaplian

The Primary mission of the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy is to provide care and counseling for employees and families of law enforcement and emergency service agencies, as well as the general public; assist the Coroner in notifying individuals who have lost a family member in an unexpected manner; assist the Mobile Crisis Unit and SWAT teams in hostage negotiations and other local emergency situations; and to provide follow-up visitation in the home or in the hospital for victims of crimes and their families.

The Chaplaincy is a judeo-Christian organization that works closely with all law enforcement agencies in the Charleston area to provide assistance during emergency situations.  These include murders, suicides, shootings, fires, including the fire at the Sofa Super Store on June 18, 2007 where nine Charleston firefighters died, and similar critical events.  From its beginning with one Chaplain (Rev. Dewey) the Coastal Crisis Chapliancy has grown to its present strength of two full time Chaplains and twenty volunteer Chaplains that provide pastoral care and counseling 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Camp Happy Days' mission is to offer support and encouragement to children diagnosed with cancer and their families by providing cost free year-round programs, special events and access to crisis resources.  Our goal is to improve the physical, emotional and psychological health of the entire family facing pediatric cancer.

At Camp Happy Days,  we believe that every child battling cancer in South Carolina should have an opportunity to benefit from a summer camp experience and other life-changing programs regardless of family income or economic status.  Every program we offer is free to the families we serve and we are challenged to raise 100% of the funds needed to support them.  As we enter our 29th year, please help us help them.


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Center for Drug and Alcohol Abuse       MUSC’s Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs


Alcoholism and other medical conditions caused by harmful drinking have a devastating impact on health and well-being. In the United States, 40% of families have a loved one with an alcohol problem, but only about ten percent receive the treatment they need. An estimated 22.2 million Americans, aged 12 and older, are classified as having a substance abuse disorder costing $400 billion as a result of medical consequences, reduced/lost earnings, lost workforce productivity, accidents, violence, homelessness, hunger and premature death. Tragically, alcohol and substance abuse are leading causes of life-threatening accidents and deaths in adolescents and young adults.  

The Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs, better known as CDAP, a division within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina, is one of the nation’s premier academic centers for the study and treatment of alcohol and substance abuse. CDAP is multifaceted and includes alcohol and drug addiction research, treatment, and professional training.  Since opening its doors in 1995, CDAP has been recognized for its work concerning the effects of drugs and alcohol on health and disease, and has been ranked by US News and World Report in the top 10 academic institutions nationwide for its training programs in addictions. CDAP’s outreach coordinator and faculty have been actively involved in educating the public on the biological and social effects of substance use and abuse by providing education through community outreach. Thousands of school children and adult community groups have been educated through this outreach program.

While CDAP has accomplished much, there still remains much more to do, and it requires considerable monetary assistance in order to continue to make progress in the battle against the diseases of alcoholism and substance abuse.

Thank you for supporting CDAP! Your contribution to these efforts will allow the medical advancements made within the walls of CDAP to be translated into real-world help. For more information, please visit or


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MUSC Children's             

The MUSC's Boeing Center for Children's Wellness (formerly known as Lean Team) is a school and community based childhood obesity prevention initiative focused on improving the health of all students, staff and their families. Created in July 2007 as a partnership between the MUSC- Division of Adolescent Medicine, and the Charleston County School District (CCSD) we now serve over 100 schools in the tri-county area (Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester). We support and incentivize schools to make lasting nutrition and physical activity improvements, impacting the health of over 60,000 students and staff.  Our wellness initiative has been implemented in 85% of Charleston County Schools, and participating schools have made an average of 33 wellness policy and environmental changes.  We are our now offering this program to all public schools in the tri-county region, and are being asked to expand our initiative to new communities across the state.  The cornerstone of our program is an annual wellness checklist contest that includes a small monetary award ($1000) granting school wellness committees for the first time, a budget to implement wellness activities of their choosing.  In addition, we have engaged physicians in this wellness initiative by pairing them with schools in our highly successful Docs Adopt program led by local pediatrician and Lean Team director, Dr. Janice Key. We are a collaborative program with multiple partners and are excited to share our successes in changing unhealthy policies, environments and behaviors in our schools, physician practices, and our community.  SC ranks among the top 10 fattest states in the nation.  Our organization is committed to changing this staggering fact. Your donation will be used to directly fund the school wellness awards and impact the prevalence of obesity in our schools and community. Thank you for your kindness and generous support.  Visit us to learn more today!

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April 05, 2014