B+ is not just Cameron Marshall’s blood type, it has been his, and his family’s, motto. When Cam was diagnosed with leukemia in July of 2008, and found out his blood type, he latched on to it as a mantra for hope in fighting his cancer. It didn’t take long for the Marshall family to realize they were not alone in this fight and rather than focus inward on their struggle they created the B+ (Be Positive for CHaD Kids) program to give back and help other CHaD families.
Cam knew what it was like for his mom to stay with him at CHaD every day, so he wanted to find a way to help other families feel a little more at home during their stay at CHaD. As a result, the B+ program provides healthy snacks to the CHaD inpatient units and other family support services, including small refrigerators for patient rooms.
In 2008, shortly after his diagnosis, Cam’s community rallied around him and his family at the CHaD HERO. Cam’s Course, a one mile run, was created in honor of Cam’s fight against Leukemia and was a way for Cam’s friends and siblings to make an impact for CHaD kids, no matter their age or ability. That year, Cam was carried over the finish line surrounded by hundreds of family and friends. IT WAS MAGICAL!
Fast forward to 2016 and at the age of 17, Cam finished the CHaD HERO half marathon course, and also celebrated 5 years cancer-free! Check out our Facebook page to watch Cam’s inspirational half marathon finish.
Over the years, thousands of kids and adults have completed Cam’s Course and raised over $250,000! It has become a way for CHaD HEROES of all ages to give back and support CHaD kids.
In addition to being a CHaD and Positive Tracks Ambassador, this year Cam will represent Hanover in the CHaD High School All-Star Football Game on June 30th at St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH.
The B+ for CHaD Kids movement is operated with the expressed permission of The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation (www.BePositive.org).
My name is Rylie. I am 11 years old and participate in the CHaD HERO to give back for all that CHaD has done for me and continues to do for me.
I am a CHaD kid. CHaD has been a part of my life since I was born at Dartmouth- Hitchcock. The kids at CHaD need your help! CHaD is very important to the children in our area and beyond to help us receive the best care without having to travel far away.
Positive Tracks has helped me double my fundraising money to help me fundraise more money for CHaD.
Please help me and all who participate in the CHaD HERO fundraiser raise funds for CHaD and all the wonderful things they do and provide for kids.
Welcome to the CHaD HERO Blog! We’ll keep you informed about all things CHaD HERO and inspire you to leap over even taller buildings to help support CHaD kids.
The 2017 CHaD HERO registration is NOW OPEN! Be sure to register yourself and your team so you can take advantage of reduced registration fees until August 15th.
We have some new and exciting things happening at the CHaD HERO this year!
New for the 2017 CHaD HERO
BIKE: We’re adding a 25 mile bike ride option in addition to the existing 50 mile bike ride. Cyclists will enjoy a picturesque ride through the Upper Connecticut River Valley in near peak foliage season. Learn more here.
HIKE: Discover new trails! Hike either 5 or 8 miles of classic Hanover and Lebanon hiking terrain. The hike will continue to start and finish on the Dartmouth Green. Click here to learn more about the hike.
5K Run & Walk: Some fun family-friendly elements will be incorporated into our 5K course. Stay tuned for more details!
In the coming months we look forward to introducing you to some very special HEROES. We’ll explain their stories and why the CHaD HERO inspires them to bust out their capes.