About Us

Our Mission

Vs. Cancer empowers any sports team, any athlete and any community to help kids with cancer. As a signature fundraising campaign of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, proceeds help fund child life programs in local hospitals and lifesaving 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

Campaign Director, Vs. Cancer

Rachel Mark, a native of Aberdeen, North Carolina, joined the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation team as the Vs. Cancer campaign director in November 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.

Tom Carmean

Campaign Manager, Northeast Region

Tom Carmean is native of Ithaca, NY and now resides in Western Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts where he received a B.A. in English and Master’s in Education. He began working with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Vs. Cancer program in 2018.

Prior to working with Vs. Cancer, Tom enjoyed a 20-year career as a Division III head lacrosse coach, first at Amherst College and then more recently at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC.  He has also coached in the professional ranks, spending three seasons as offensive coordinator for the Charlotte Hounds, runners-up in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse playoffs. In addition to coaching, Tom enjoyed an 11-season professional lacrosse career that included five All-Pro seasons.

It was through his involvement as a coach with various charities and team community service projects that Tom was first introduced to Vs. Cancer. It is his goal to use his experience in college athletics and passion for community outreach to help raise awareness and support for finding a pediatric brain cancer cure.

Shea Costantino

Campaign Manager, Southeast Region

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 and 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 Raleigh with her fiancee Jeff and rescue dog Brady.

Dave Mays

Campaign Manager, Central Region

Dave Mays, a native of Northwest Indiana, joined the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation team in October 2018 as a Vs. Cancer campaign manager.

Dave’s passion for sports and helping children and families is what brought him to Vs. Cancer. Prior to joining the Vs. Cancer team, Dave served the Crossroads YMCA in Northwest Indiana for over 16 years. During his time with the YMCA, he served in several roles including program director, senior program director, associate executive director, and most recently executive director. His experience with the YMCA helped develop his passion for working with youth, health & wellness, sports, and development in nonprofit organizations. Dave has also served as the assistant director of annual giving at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. Dave received his B.S. degree from Calumet College of St. Joseph.

In his free time, Dave enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering as a youth sports coach, and serving on local nonprofit and service club boards. Currently, he is serving as president of the Rotary Club of Hammond, Indiana. His favorite hobby is to play golf, and he is an avid Chicago Cubs and Notre Dame fan.

Dave lives in Crown Point, Indiana with his wife, Kendra, and son, Mason.

Fran Schefer

Campaign Manager, Southeast Region

Fran Schefer grew up in Westfield, NJ and joined the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation in February 2019 as a Campaign Manager for the Southeast Region. Based in Atlanta, Fran is responsible for Ride for Kids and Vs. Cancer events throughout the region.

Fran has a strong interest in endurance sports and volunteering for important causes.  He has been active with Team in Training (a leading charity endurance sport training campaign) since 1999 as a participant and coach where he trained to run his first marathon and later a full Ironman triathlon while raising money for blood cancer research and patient support.  In 2015, he joined the Leukemia & Lymphoma as a full-time director for the Team in Training campaign focusing on recruiting Team Captains and volunteer leaders to help implement the campaign in Georgia and Florida. Fran is very involved with the Rotary Club of Alpharetta, GA where he currently resides and is the co-chairman for an annual Mayor’s Corporate Challenge 5K event that generates over $100K in revenue to help fund local charities and the Rotary’s global initiative to help eradicate polio. He continues to train for endurance events and is an avid NY Giants football fan.

Fran received his B.S. degree from Allegheny College and M.B.A. from the College of William & Mary.  He has two grown children and lives with his fiancée Lisa.  Lisa and Fran are currently planning for a Fall 2019 wedding.

Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Financials

Form 990
2017
Form 990
2016
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?
    Proceeds help fund child life programs in local hospitals and lifesaving pediatric brain tumor research. 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, 302 Ridgefield Court, Asheville, NC 28806. 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?
    All mail for Vs. Cancer should be addressed to Vs. Cancer, 302 Ridgefield Court, Asheville, NC 28806