|The Shoot Down Cancer Foundation|
|David and Beth Catalana started the “Shoot Down Cancer Foundation” in 1998 along with the Saint Augustine Prep boys basketball program. The Hermits Shoot Down Cancer Program, as it was known then, received pledges from individuals and corporations for every three-point shot made by the Hermit varsity basketball team during the year. In that first season, the Hermits made 140 three-point shots, and raised over $20,000. With season number two, the varsity managed 134 three-pointers, and another $13,000 in pledges.
In 2001, the Shoot Down Cancer Foundation became a co-sponsor and the primary beneficiary of the Olympic-Cape Challenge. Through the generosity of our sponsors, teams and fans, the Challenge was able to generate $18,000 for the Foundation. 100% of all proceeds from this event go directly to the Foundation and in turn to CHOP.
This cause, and Children’s Hospital, is a very personal issue to the Catalana’s. In December of 1995, their 15-month old son Garrett was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. For the better part of the next six months, the family spent much of their time at CHOP. Even facing incredibly poor odds of long-term survival, Garrett was successfully treated and his cancer has been in remission since May of 1996. This was all due to the tremendous work of the dedicated professionals at CHOP.
We are so thankful to the many sponsors and donors that have helped The Shoot Down Cancer Foundation continue our mission to provide funding to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to help in their fight against childhood cancers.
The Shoot Down Cancer Foundation Inc. is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization.