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We have added a fundraising component to the BA 5K!

We are so proud and grateful that this event has raised over $100,000 in the past four years, with proceeds supporting biliary atresia (BA) research at the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Liver Center in Baltimore and promoting organ donation awareness in our community. Last year we raised $9,800 in our first fundraising effort!  This year, our goal is to raise $10,000!  Will you help?

It's Fun and It's Easy!

Many of you may be familiar with fundraising campaigns, while others may not know how to begin. We have compiled the following fundraising tips and sample letters for you to use. You also have the opportunity to create your own personal fundraising web page!


A link for 2018 will soon be added.  The following instructions can then be followed to set up your fundraising effort!

Click  “SET UP YOUR FUNDRAISER” on the right of the page and choose one of the options: Join a Team or Start Your Own Fundraiser.

If you want to create a team, you can either have one page or each team member can have an individual page with the same team name. Just use the customization link and change your url, personalize text, add pictures, make it colorful. Have fun for a good cause!

Below is a Fundraising 101 Guide. It contains fundraising tips, FAQ’s and sample letters to mail/email/post/tweet to your network.  Set a goal and spread the word!


1)    People give to people not causes. Most people will give on your behalf because of their affiliation or relationship with you and not necessarily because of Colleen, the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Liver Center or Donate Life.

 2)    Be personal and transparent in your approach. Tell your story. Tell people exactly what you are doing and why you are doing it. People will appreciate and be able to understand your reasons and will give as a result. For instance, it is ok to tell people that you’ve never run a 5K before, but with their encouragement, it will be possible.

 3)    Let people know your personal fundraising goal.  And don't forget to add that the overall goal for Colleen’s BA 5K is to raise $10,000 this year! People love to help others reach their goals and, as such, feel a part of something larger then themselves when they donate on your behalf.

 4)    Who can you count on to help you?  Reach out to friends, family, co-workers, church congregation, HOA or neighbors, parents of your kid’s sports teams or from the school, other members of clubs you are in (professional networks, swim clubs, ski clubs, golf clubs,  Facebook, etc.)  Spread the word!  Email or snail mail letters requesting donations!  Mention your goals over coffee with friends or school events. Tell your story.  Explain what you are doing and reach out for help.  Don't be afraid to ask!

Sample Letter from 2017:

On June 3rd, in Kensington Maryland, I am going to be running/walking in Colleen’s BA 5k.  Colleen’s BA 5K was organized in memory of Colleen Mitchel, who was the daughter of a dear friend of mine and a classmate of my son, Tom, at Walter Johnson High School.  Colleen was born with biliary atresia (BA) and died in 2013 at the age of 19 due to complications from liver disease, while awaiting a second liver transplant. 

Every year for the past four years, Colleen’s family has organized Colleen’s BA 5K in an effort to discover the cause of biliary atresia and support other families whose children suffer from liver disease.  In the past, this event has raised over $75,000.  This year, we are vamping up the fundraising effort and hope to double our past fundraising goals by including individual fundraising as part of our effort. 

It is my intention to not only finish this 5K in record time (!) but to personally raise over $1,000 for this worthy cause.  This is where you come in.  If you want to help me meet my goal, and support continued research for liver disease, go to my personal fundraising site and make your donation TODAY!  No amount is too small.  Your gift will be 100% tax deductible, and you will receive a receipt from the Greater Washington Community Foundation.*

Thank you for your support of my effort.

 *The Colleen Mitchel Memorial Fund is a component of the Greater Washington Community Foundation.  

We encourage you to set a goal for yourself, form a team, or donate to another's personal or team effort as we continue to raise funds for research at the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Liver Center and promote organ donation awareness.

Please help us spread the word by sharing this website and our Facebook page with your family and friends.  Thank you!

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