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About Us

Our Mission

Vs. Cancer empowers any sports team, any athlete, any community to help kids with cancer. As a signature fundraising campaign of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, proceeds are split between child life programs in local hospitals and national pediatric brain tumor research.

Our History

Vs. Cancer was built by athletes for athletes, giving them the platform to raise money for childhood cancer. Founder Chase Jones experienced the childhood cancer world first-hand; in 2006, as an eighteen-year-old college freshman, he was diagnosed with a Stage IV brain tumor. As a baseball player at the University of North Carolina, his team rallied around him during treatment and began raising funds to support their local hospital. As a byproduct of community help and national research, Chase attests his status of ten years cancer-free to a combination of the two.

Our Team

Rachel Mark

Associate Campaign Director

Rachel Mark, a native of Aberdeen, North Carolina, joined the PBTF staff as the campaign director for Vs. Cancer in November of 2017.

Rachel has been a long time supporter of Vs. Cancer through her career in minor league baseball. Most recently, Rachel served as the community relations director for the Charlotte Knights (Triple-A/Chicago White Sox). Prior to her position with the Knights, Rachel spent four years in Scranton, Pennsylvania as the director of community relations for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees).

Rachel graduated with a degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University in 2009. She continued her education at East Carolina University, graduating in 2011 with a Master’s in Sports Administration.

Rachel now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoys great food, friends, and spending time with her family.

Shea Costantino

Campaign Manager

Shea’s passion to help fund a cure for pediatric cancer began in 2004 when she started volunteering with Lauren’s First and Goal Foundation.

Shea attended Franklin and Marshall College, where she played basketball and was Vice President of the Athletic Leadership Council. She graduated in 2014 with a Sociology degree and went on to work for the American Cancer Society, coordinating event logistics, supporting a portfolio of distinguished and community events. She later advanced to managing Relay For Life events. Her passion to use athletics as a platform to find a cure for cancer is what brought her to Vs. Cancer.

Shea lives in Fayetteville with her boyfriend Jeff and rescue dog Brady.

Brett Bedard

Campaign Manager

Brett’s passion for fighting childhood cancer started very early. As a four year old, Brett was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and treated with chemotherapy. When Brett won his battle, his family started a fundraiser to benefit childhood cancer. As a result of this, Brett and his family have always gone out of their way to support the cause. Brett graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2017 with a degree in communication. As a member of the lacrosse team, he was introduced to Vs. Cancer as a freshman and was excited to have an opportunity to get involved. His senior year, the team raised $26,000 and shaved their heads for Vs. Cancer. Brett is excited to continue fighting for such a worthy and personal cause.

Our Financials

Form 990
2016
Form 990
2015
501c3
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FAQ

  • What is Vs. Cancer?
    Vs. Cancer is a nonprofit fundraising campaign under the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. We are dedicated to saving kids’ lives by empowering athletes and communities to fund lifesaving childhood cancer efforts.
  • How can I be sure the Vs. Cancer is a legitimate charity?
    Vs. Cancer, founded in December 2012, is a signature national fundraising campaign of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to children fighting the deadliest childhood cancer. Our Tax Identification Number is 58-1966822.
  • What makes Vs. Cancer different?
    One of the greatest defining aspects of Vs. Cancer is that we were founded by a childhood cancer survivor; therefore, we are all the more committed to this cause. This means that we are constantly focused on helping children battling cancer every day. We know what it means to be those children, and we do not take that for granted.
  • Where does the money go?
    Based on our Half and Half model, half of all proceeds will be given to programs for children with cancer in your local community and half will be invested in finding a cure for pediatric brain tumors, the deadliest childhood cancer. We fund child life programs in each team’s community, where doctors, nurses, and patients need it the most; all the while, we are producing significant contributions in the research world.
  • What else does Vs. Cancer need?
    Vs. Cancer could always use contributions- whether it is office supplies, volunteer hours, or services, anything that drives our expenses down means more of every dollar contributed back to the real cause: helping children with cancer. If you have any suggestions or connections that you think would be valuable, please contact us!
  • What do I do with checks?
    Thanks for the donation! All checks should be made out to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and mailed to the following address: Vs. Cancer, 743 West Johnson Street, Suite C, Raleigh, NC 27603. In the memo line, write ‘Vs. Cancer’ and the name of your team or favorite player so that we can allocate the funds in the right place.
  • What is Vs. Cancer’s Address?
    Vs. Cancer is headquartered in downtown Raleigh, NC at the following address: 743 West Johnson Street, Suite C, Raleigh, NC 27603