Short Folks For Hope Foundation is a 501(c)(3) cancer support charity founded by breast cancer survivor Kristen Short. Kristen is a singer/songwriter, wife to Chris and mother of three. Through Kristen's cancer journey, which began July 15, 2010, she has met many courageous cancer warriors and kind caregivers and supporters who have inspired her and have given her hope. Kristen desires to help others impacted by cancer and to inspire youth to be involved in charitable efforts, and she founded Short Folks For Hope Foundation September 6, 2012.
The Mission of Short Folks For Hope Foundation is:
* to empower, encourage and celebrate cancer warriors with our special projects:
The Vivian St. Onge Memorial Rickshaw Team (enabling cancer warriors to experience the joy and exhilaration of charity cycling events with team pedicab drivers; inspired by SFFHF Board Member Vivian St. Onge 1959-2014; initial launch of the Team at the 2014 Dempsey Challenge with event participation in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and September 2019);
The Hope Bear Project (providing Hope Bears and Encouragement Packs to cancer patients to bring comfort and foster hope; Hope Bears can be a cheery travel buddy on their courageous adventures, and patients share photos of their Hope Bear adventures with the tag #shortfolkshopebear);
Wishes For Hope (creatively fulfilling little wishes for cancer patients);
Furries For Hope (bringing smiles to kids with life-threatening illnesses with visits to respite camps, hospitals, charity and community events with our Furry Ambassador Lagoona the Dutch Angel Dragon* and her furry friends);
Supers For Hope (visiting respite camps, hospitals, charity and community events with our superhero characters);
Youth Ambassadors For Hope (motivating, guiding and providing opportunities for youth to be compassionate, creative, hope-fostering members of our communities, and recognizing outstanding charitable efforts by youth;
Team Short Folks For Hope and The Short Family's Cool Treats For Charity nonprofit frozen treat pushcart business also raise funds and awareness for other hope-fostering organizations, including Dempsey Center, Hospice House, Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, Camp Sunshine of Sebago Lake, Fast Freddie Foundation, and others. (See also http://www.cooltreats.org.)
Kristen and the Short Family have been active participants in the annual Dempsey Challenge, fundraising event for The Dempsey Center. From 2011 to 2016, the Short Family and their small Positive Tracks Team Short Folks For Hope raised over $80,000 for the Dempsey Center with their own fundraising plus the Positive Tracks 50% matching donation (granted for teams comprised of at least 50% youth for the 2011 through 2016 events).
Kristen Short's Music
In 2011 Kristen wrote and released the song and video "Chairs" about her cancer journey. She dedicated the song to the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing (now named Dempsey Center). One hundred percent of "Chairs" music downloads (available on iTunes, Amazon.com, CD Baby and other retailers) benefits Short Folks For Hope Foundation and Dempsey Center. See the videos tab of this website for the "Chairs" video on YouTube.
In October 2012 Kristen was named the Amgen Breakaway From Cancer Survivor Award recipient at the 2012 Dempsey Challenge.
In 2014 Kristen wrote and released the song, "Smile," dedicated to late Short Folks For Hope Foundation Board member Vivian St. Onge. One hundred percent of "Smile" music downloads (available on iTunes, Amazon.com, CD Baby and other retailers) benefits Short Folks For Hope Foundation's Vivian St. Onge Memorial Rickshaw Team Project.
Our Board of Directors:
Kristen Short, President/Treasurer, Executive Director
Christopher Short, Vice President/Secretary
Rob McCarthy, Director
Chuck Weindorf, Director
Josie Hebert, Director
Deanna Pleskach, Director
Emeritus Board Member Vivian St. Onge
Forever in our Hearts
Our Youth Ambassadors:
*The Dutch Angel Dragon fursuit species was created by Deanna Biesemeyer. Lagoona character created by Allison 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