Families For A Cure

Write Letters/ Make Cards


Make cards for special events – create birthday and holiday cards for kids and adults with cancer. Cards are shared with families throughout Central Ohio

Who can help: Anyone!

Run a Collection Drive


Collect needed items to be given to organizations supporting families who have traveled to Columbus to receive treatments. Items vary and include household items, books, puzzles, toiletries, non-perishable food items etc.

Who can help: Anyone!

Organize a Fundraiser


Organize an event such as a car wash, lemonade stand, coin collection or whatever you can dream up to help us raise money. This can be a one-time event or an annual event. Families for a Cure can help you plan if you’re interested.

Who can help: Anyone!

Support an Event


Help us to support our 2015 programs by helping out at the Family run/walk event!

Who can help: Anyone!


Conduct an Advocacy and Awareness Campaign


We have a Teens for a Cure chapter who hosts events for families and kids as well as raises awareness about cancer, its impact and ways to live healthy. You can start your own chapter or join an existing one to help spread the word about the need!

Who can help: Anyone!

Contact Families For a Cure under the ‘Contact’ tab on the menu to your left to set up volunteer opportunities or service projects!

What is your organization’s mission statement?


Families For a Cure’s mission is to raise $1 million by 2021 to fund cancer research and patient care programs that are under funded, have never been funded or used to be funded.

What population do you serve? 


We try to maximize our impact while serving people of all ages and races. We also support all types of cancer projects.

How many do you serve in a year? 


It is hard to count the exact number of people who are helped because our organization touches the lives of so many. We may help in the treatment of one person or help a whole family, who are supporting a loved one battling cancer have a fun experience (and break from a hospital room). We also help fund other patient care programs that can continue to grow and impact the lives of others, beyond our reach.

What region or area do you provide services in?


Families For a Cure is not bound to a geographic location. We look for opportunities that have the greatest impact for the dollars we are able to give. Currently, we have had the most impact within Central Ohio and the surrounding communities within 90 miles of Columbus. However, we want to grow to be a bigger player within Ohio’s communities.

How and when did the organization get started? 
Families For a Cure started hosting a golf outing in 2003 called the “Double Bogey Invitational”. The plan was to grow the event so it could raise $10,000 annually for charity. The event was a success so we began looking for a charity to support. We were introduced to Eric Friedman who had a non profit and was looking to start a golf outing. His charity supported cancer research so we thought it was a good cause and partnered up. In 2007, the event grew to raise $25,000, and we knew we needed to form a non profit. Since forming Families for a Cure, we’ve raised more than $350,000 for various cancer research projects and patient care programs and have grown our family of supporters to over 1000 passionate individuals who want to help make a difference.

How many employees do you have? 


We have 0 employees because we are an “all-volunteer” run organization.

How many volunteers does your organization have?    (click the “Service Projects” tab to learn more about volunteer opportunities)


We have 35+ adults and a varying number of youth through our Teens for a Cure chapter.

How do your programs or services help the community?


Families for a Cure fills gaps within the local cancer community by funding research projects and patient care programs that are start-ups, on the verge of being stopped because they lost their funding. We also help in reviving projects that used to be funded and that need to be funded. The support we provide helps save lives, put smiles on the faces of patients and their family and friends. The work we do touches many lives – and those individuals will help many more locally, nationally and globally.

Program Descriptions 


Patient Experiences: This program is an opportunity that allows friends and family to nominate an individual who is or has recently received cancer treatments to receive a gift of an “experience” of their choice. The experience can be anything the individual can dream up – a trip to their favorite vacation destination, a meeting with someone they’ve always wanted to meet, a trip to a major sporting event – the possibilities are endless.


Cancer Research Projects: We seek out research projects that support all types of cancers – we don’t just support one type – we support them all. We specifically seek projects that are underfunded, never been funded or used to be funded. We choose these projects because they allow us to use the dollars with the greatest impact possible.


Patient Care Programs: Patient care is a broad category that allows us to fund a variety of projects. We offer individual support to individuals and their caregivers in the form of gift cards to gas stations, which helps people pay for expenses related to travel when going to their treatment. We also help with money to help pay household bills and we purchase food for group events that allow families/individuals to take a break from their treatments and go and relax and have fun for a day.


Super Hero Program: Every kid in the hospital needs to be strong while receiving treatment. We help purchase superhero capes for kids to wear while in the hospital.


Card Program: Everyone likes to receive a card on special days like their birthday. We work with kids, families and volunteers to create cards for cancer patients so that we can “overwhelm” them on their special days.


You Name It, Let’s Do It! Program: This category is for the inventors who want to support cancer patients, their caregivers and families and have an idea of what they want to do, but need a partner like Families for a Cure to help make it happen. Let’s talk about your idea and we can make it happen!


Families For a Cure’s Wishlist:

  • Books 
  • Puzzles 
  • Toys 
  • Non-perishable food items 
  • Napkins 
  • Garbage bags 
  • Diapers 
  • Video games 
  • Paper goods 
  • Plastic utensils

Name: Pat Puhl

Title: President

Organization: Families For a Cure

Email: patp@familiesforacure.org

Work: (614) 402-6195

PO Box 733
Hilliard, OH 43026