2017 Charities Program

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In 2017, the Mankato Marathon is striving to give back to the community that has so generously supported our races. This year five charities including Camp Sweet Life Adventures, YMCA Livestrong, Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, Open Door Health Center, and Project for Teens have been chosen. In addition to having champion runners raising pledges, these programs have potential to raise additional dollars through registrations. Registrants will be able to elect to donate to any or all of the programs when they register for a Mankato Marathon race.





Camp Sweet LifeCamp Sweet Life Adventures enhances the lives of young people with Type 1 Diabetes and their families by providing fun opportunities for learning, connecting, and sharing. Camp Sweet Life is the first camp for kids with diabetes in Southern Minnesota with a goal of providing safe, medically supervised outings so children can experience camp, outdoor fun and social activities just like any other child. Camp Sweet Life Adventures, Inc. also provides seasonal activities, youth development, parental development and other support activities for families with a child that has Type 1 Diabetes.

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YMCA LiveStrongMankato LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a twelve-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. The Y and LIVESTRONG have joined together to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA fulfills the important need of supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their life and create their “new normal”. The program is provided free of charge to members and non-members alike.

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Childrens MuseumThe Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota engages children, families, and school groups in the joy of learning through the power of play. The Museum is filled with seven unique indoor galleries and outside learning environments. Various programs are also offered from arts and crafts to computer technology for all ages to encourage new ideas and support cognitive growth.

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Open Door Health CenterOpen Door Health Center (ODHC) has been serving the Greater Mankato Area for 20 years and continues to provide affordable, culturally appropriate health care through patient-centered medical, dental, and behavioral health care for all people across southern Minnesota. At ODHC, individuals and families are served regardless of their ability to pay. The services currently offered include family practice medical, dental, and behavioral health services, which are all available on site. ODHC also maintains a significant number of partnerships with other organizations in the community that can assist patients with other resources (e.g. food access, safe housing, legal assistance) that help address major challenges in their lives that impact their health and well-being.

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Project for TeensProject for Teens is a volunteer service learning program that involves approximately 120 students grades 10-12 from five Greater Mankato area high schools. Mankato East, West and Loyola Schools are long-time members and we are so excited to welcome St. Peter High School and Lake Crystal High School to the P4T Crew this year. Once trained, peer leaders share messages that promote healthy decision-making with fifth through eighth grade students (over 2,400 projected for the 2016-2017 school year) across the Mankato and St. Peter / Lake Crystal School Districts (Dakota Meadows, Franklin, Garfield, Fitzgerald, Prairie Winds, North Intermediate, St. Peter High School and Lake Crystal Secondary) through various methods of teaching, including small group discussions, skits and role-playing. The goal is to promote health and responsible decision-making among younger age peers on topics like bullying, social media, sexual health and relationships.

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