Short Folks For Hope Foundation

SUPERS FOR HOPE (With Ian Short's superheroes and special characters) - Bringing smiles to kids with life-threatening illnesses and supporting charitable efforts in our communities.  


Do you have a community/sports/theater/fundraising event in Maine that you'd like to have frozen treats available at?  We'll bring our frozen treat pushcart and pleasant helpers and we give our proceeds to charity.  For more information, see our website at  



* Enabling cancer warriors to experience the joy and exhilaration of charity cycling events with team pedicab drivers

Vivian St. Onge (1959-2014) was an energetic and kind philanthropist, oncology nurse, political activist, entrepreneur, crafter and adept cyclist who lived life to the absolute fullest despite a three-year battle with stage IV breast cancer.  Vivian was a dedicated supporter and independent fundraiser for The Dempsey Center/Dempsey Challenge.  Even though she was in active cancer treatment, Vivian courageously completed the 50-mile Dempsey Challenge cycling event in 2011.   She was a beloved board member of the Short Folks For Hope Foundation. 

Due to her increased health challenges, Vivian was not able to ride in the 2013 Dempsey Challenge, but she was there at the finish line enthusiastically cheering all the cancer warriors on.  Anyone who knew Vivian knew how much she loved cycling and how her heart longed to be on the road again. 

After a valiant battle, Vivian earned her angel wings February 28, 2014.  She is forever in our hearts and the hearts of those who had the great fortune of knowing her.  Before Vivian passed, she spoke to her family, Kristen and other friends about several cancer warrior empowering wishes of hers that she wanted to see to fruition.  Short Folks For Hope Foundation is honored to have helped make one of Vivian’s wishes a reality in 2014, The Vivian St. Onge Memorial Rickshaw Project at the Dempsey Challenge Cycling Event.  This project enables cancer warriors who are unable to cycle in the Dempsey Challenge cycling event the opportunity to ride on Vivian's Rickshaw Team with a team pedicab driver.  They experience the joy and exhilaration of riding in the event and crossing the finish line, where they are showered with cheers, hugs and hope and a Dempsey Challenge survivor medal. The Vivian St. Onge Memorial Rickshaw Team presented by Short Folks For Hope Foundation is an annual project at the Dempsey Challenge cycling event since its debut in 2014 and is operated, funded and managed by the Short Folks For Hope Foundation. 
For more information about The Dempsey Challenge, see The Vivian St. Onge Memorial Rickshaw Team will ride for the fifth year in the 2018 Dempsey Challenge and plans to participate in additional charity rides in the future.  

Short Folks For Hope Foundation's Fourth Annual  Vivian St. Onge Memorial Rickshaw Team at the 2018 Dempsey Challenge Cycling Event will be held Sunday, September 30, 2018, at Simard-Payne Park in Lewiston, Maine.  For more information, contact us at (888) 522-6987, email


*  Providing Hope Bears to cancer patients to be cheery friends and travel buddies on their courageous adventures *

Meet Hobart the Hope Bear and Hailey the Hope Bear,  our hope-fostering friends!   With Short Folks For Hope Foundation's Hope Bear Project, we give our Hope Bears to cancer patients to be cheery friends and travel buddies on their courageous adventures.  The Hope Bears have our smile logo on the front and the Short family's trademark, "HGH - Hugs Given Here."  

Shining star cancer warrior Karen was our first cancer warrior to receive a Hobart the Hope Bear in June 2016, and he accompanies Karen to her treatments at Massachusetts General Hospital, to support services at The Dempsey Center in Lewiston, Maine, and other adventures throughout her cancer journey.  Hailey the Hope Bear was introduced in October 2016 and is named after courageous cancer warrior Hailey Sontag, who at 12 years of age received the 2013 Amgen Breakaway From Cancer Survivor Award at the Dempsey Challenge event for her outstanding charity fundraising and inspirational hope-fostering efforts.  (Kristen Short is grateful to have received this award in 2012.) 

We are following our Hope Bear adventures on social media with the tag #Shortfolkshopebear.

To purchase a Hope Bear, request a Hope Bear to be sent to a cancer patient, or to donate to help us in our mission to give Hope Bears to cancer patients, please visit our Hope Store



* Creatively fulfilling little wishes for cancer patients *


FURRIES FOR HOPE with Allie Short's Lagoona the Dutch Angel Dragon*- bringing smiles to kids with life-threatening illnesses and supporting charitable efforts in our communities. Lagoona the Dutch Angel Dragon is an energetic and fun character who visits cancer warriors in treatment, respite camps, cancer centers and charity functions. 

​* The Dutch Angel Dragon species was created by Deanna Biesemeyer.  Lagoona character by Allie Short with Craig Ames of CCS Mascots.  

Supporting the Cancer Community and Serving Up Hope...Family Style!

A 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization in Oxford Hills, Maine, Founded 2012