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What is Kids Walk for MSK Kids?

Kids Walk for MSK Kids brings together patients, students, families, and supporters to walk and raise money to beat pediatric cancers. 100% of every dollar goes to fighting pediatric cancers through research and new discoveries at MSK Kids, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s pediatric program. Thanks to the efforts of our participants and donors, Kids Walk for MSK Kids has raised more than $7 million since 2001, with over $4 million raised in the last four years!

What is MSK Kids?

MSK Kids, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s pediatric program, is dedicated to all children, young adults, and families facing childhood cancer. With specialized expertise and care focused on the individual child, more families turn to MSK for pediatric cancer care than any other hospital in the United States. As pioneers in research, no one fights harder than the physicians and scientists to prevent, treat, and ultimately cure childhood cancer—for the patients at MSK Kids, and for those around the world. The game-changing research being done has created new treatments with better outcomes and fewer long-term side effects—developing options where there previously were none. That’s because one of the greatest strengths is how the doctors and researchers come together for patients. Collaborating closely, they move their research findings from the laboratory to the bedside quicker.

How much money goes to cancer research?

100% of every dollar raised goes directly to life-changing research at MSK Kids, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s pediatric program.

Why is raising money for Kids Walk for MSK Kids important?

Pediatric cancer research is underfunded. Less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s research budget is dedicated to pediatric cancers, which is why donations from Kids Walk for MSK Kids are critical to making progress possible.

Who is a Warrior?

Warriors are those who have faced pediatric cancers, are currently battling, or those we have lost too soon. We honor and celebrate all of them on event day and every day of the year.

What is the Tax ID number?

Kids Walk for MSK Kids is fully owned and operated by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Memorial Sloan Kettering's 501c3 tax identification is: 13-1924236. Your gift to Kids Walk is 100% tax-deductible. You will receive a confirmation receipt via email after submitting your donation. Please save this email receipt for your tax records.

Registering

How do I register, and is there a fee?
Register online at kidswalkmsk.org. Each team will need a team captain (whether it's you or someone else). Once the team has been created, you'll rally together to fundraise and walk on event day! All registration fees will be counted as a donation towards your fundraising total.
What do I get when I register?

Each registrant will receive a Kids Walk for MSK Kids T-shirt on event day. You will also earn awesome gear by reaching fundraising milestones!

Is there a limit to the number of walkers you can have on a team?

No–the more the merrier.

How do I get my school involved?

Start a school team and rally students, teachers, administrators, and clubs to join. In 2019, we had 40 school teams involved in Kids Walk for MSK Kids! You can find out more school info here.

How can I get my company involved?

There are several ways to get your company involved with Kids Walk for MSK Kids. You can form a corporate team, see if your company matches gifts, or become a sponsor!

Fundraising

How can I raise funds for Kids Walk for MSK Kids?

There are many ways. Start by visiting your Participant Center to customize your team fundraising page. Asking for support will be more effective if potential donors understand why you're walking. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to share content with friends and family. We encourage you to set your goals high and raise as much as possible! Remember, every dollar goes directly to pediatric cancer research.

I’m trying to update my fundraising goal. Can you help?

If you go into your Participant Center and click “Fundraising,” you should see on the right-hand side "Personal" and "Team." If you click either, it'll bring you to your team/individual report where you should be able to change the goal. Aim high!

How do I know if my company has a matching gifts program?

Matching gifts can double the amount of a donation at no additional cost to the employee—a great way to increase your impact! Matching gifts will not be posted until all necessary, completed paperwork has been received from both the employee and company.

 

To find out if you or your donor works for a company with a matching gifts program, check our matching gifts search page here. Please mail completed matching gifts forms to:

 

Matching Gifts
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue
New York, NY 10065
(800) 585-4118
matchinggift@mskcc.org

Are there sponsorship opportunities for my company?

Yes! If you work for a company that might be interested in being a sponsor of Kids Walk for MSK Kids, please email us for more information. Custom opportunities and packages are available.

Can the funds I raise through Kids Walk for MSK Kids apply toward a pre-existing fundraising pledge at Memorial Sloan Kettering?

No. If you have made a pledge to Memorial Sloan Kettering, the funds raised through Kids Walk for MSK Kids may not be applied toward fulfilling that commitment. However, it is possible to establish a pledge through Kids Walk for MSK Kids.

 

Please contact Louise Dietmann at louise@kidswalkmsk.org for additional information or to discuss your interests.

How long will it take for gifts to be processed and counted toward my fundraising total?

Online donations are processed automatically and immediately applied to your fundraising total. Gifts made by check or money order will be processed and applied to your fundraising total within 48 hours of receipt by the Kids Walk for MSK Kids office. Any money awarded during fundraising challenges will be added to fundraising pages within two weeks.

Making a Donation

How do I make a gift to an individual or a team?

It's simple to donate to Kids Walk for MSK Kids in support of a participant or team. You can make a secure, online credit card donation or you can use our mail-in form to make a gift. Search for the participant or team you wish to support. While your gift will be immediately credited to the team or individual you have specified, it may take up to one hour for your online donation to be accurately reflected on your fundraising page. If you do not see the gift displayed correctly after one hour, please contact us.

How will my donation appear on my credit card statement?

Online gifts supporting Memorial Sloan Kettering (including Kids Walk for MSK Kids donations) will appear as "MSK 855-718-4054" on your credit card statement.

Where do I mail checks?

It's easy to make sure that these gifts are counted toward your fundraising total by simply mailing checks to:

 

Kids Walk for MSK Kids
P.O. Box 27432
New York, NY 10087

 

*When sending your check, please be very specific as to whether your gift should be counted toward a participant or team.

Event Day

When is the annual walk in Central Park?
The Kids Walk for MSK Kids event typically takes place on the first Saturday of May.
How long is the walk and where does it take place?

It's a 1.5-mile walk in Central Park!

Are there any activities on event day?

Yes, in addition to the 1.5-mile walk, there will be music, arts and crafts, face painting, photos, a speaking program, and much more!

My Account

I’m a registered participant and I’m having trouble logging in. Can you help?

Double-check that you're entering your username and password correctly. Remember, your password is case-sensitive. Contact us if you continue to have trouble logging in.

What information can I post on my personal page?

Customize your team and individual fundraising pages by sharing your story about why you’re walking. This helps boost your fundraising success, showing potential donors why this walk is important!

 

Please note that all customized content, photos and videos are subject to Memorial Sloan Kettering’s review and approval. If you plan to include personal information about other people on your fundraising page—including family members or friends whose lives have been touched by cancer—please be sure to check with them first to make sure they’re okay with it.

I’m having trouble uploading my photo to my fundraising page. Can you help?

Double check to make sure that the photo is a .jpg file and no larger than 4MB. All uploaded images will be resized to fit in a 300 x 400-pixel space.