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Rose Becker, a cousin of Cara, recently had her Bat Mitzvah and asked that her friends and family in lieu of presents make donations to Karma for Cara. We could not be more touched and honored by her generous contribution to the foundation.

Below is a message from Rose:

“Cara and I had such a special bond, we were like sisters. Honestly, it was a no-brainer to donate all of the money to Karma for Cara, because the wonderful foundation, and Cara, deserve it beyond belief….

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A couple of months ago, we at Karma for Cara learned about a great program called Camp Sunrise, a cost-free, one-week camp for those who have previously or are currently battling childhood cancer. We immediately knew we wanted to support this great cause.

Johns Hopkins Camp Sunrise gives 115 campers between the ages of 5 and 18 a traditional camp experience, including swimming, ropes courses, arts and crafts and making s’mores around the campfire.

The camp is designed to allow the campers an outlet from the everyday realities of their cancer and gives them a chance to just be kids, while providing for their medical needs….

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This past weekend, Cara’s brother Greg Becker and friend Whitney Fishman ran the NYC Half Marathon while raising money for Karma for Cara.

Whitney shared some photos with us from her run.

Congrats, Whitney and Greg! Karma for Cara is proud of you!

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Karma for Cara is partnering with Kennedy Krieger Institute in introducing the Cara Becker ROAR for Autism Youth Fundraising Award.

Cara spent years involved with KKI’s ROAR for Autism, a family-friendly biking, walking and running event that raises awareness and money for autism research. Cara worked securing raffle prizes and selling hundreds of tickets, following in the foot steps of her mom, Jill, who co-chaired the event for many years. To honor her memory and her dedication to ROAR for Autism, the Cara Becker ROAR for Autism Youth Fundraising Award was created….

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In just less than two weeks, Cara’s brother Greg will hit the pavement of New York City, running 13.1 miles in the NYC Half Marathon, while raising money for Karma for Cara.

To learn more about the March 16 race and find out how you can support Greg and Karma for Cara, visit Greg’s fundraising page.

Good luck, Greg! We’ll keep our fingers crossed for warmer weather and no snow!…

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Michaella Hoehn-Saric, a friend of K4C, the Becker Family and Cara’s, is running the Boston Marathon in April for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in honor of Cara. We are very proud of Michaella’s outstanding effort to raise money for cancer research and participate in the marathon. Eric and Jill have made a donation pledge in memory of Cara and they encourage anyone who wants to help support Michaella to visit her pledge webpage at http://www.runDFMC.org/2014/michaellahs.

Michaella has shared this message with Karma for Cara supporters:

Dear Friends and Family,

Happy New Year!

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A Year Like No Other…

Dear Friends,

It was on January 1 of 2013 that we laid our beautiful daughter Cara to rest. Our lives have been changed forever. It has truly been a year like no other we have ever experienced. A year of sadness, challenges, tears, memories, perspective, smiles, incredible kindness and beautiful initiatives to honor Cara’s memory and wishes.

We are sending a year-end update to keep you informed of our progress, as a family and as a group that share a love, connection, and was touched in some way by Cara….

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Earlier this week, we at Karma for Cara received our official letter of designation as a 501(c)(3) public charity from the IRS.  All contributions are fully tax deductible.

This is a big milestone for K4C, especially as it can take up to two years to receive this designation, and we got our letter after just 10 months. It feels great to be official.

As always, thank you all for your continued support. We’ve made sure to add the letter to the K4C website….

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Last Saturday we had the Bare Hills Racquet and Fitness 12 hour Spin-a-Thon for Karma for Cara. We had 30-40 people participate every hour for the entire day! The event was very successful, contributing all rider fees to the foundation. Many riders also made contributions and we even had some people who couldn’t get a slot to ride come by just to donate!! Thank you to everyone who came out to support us, a big thanks to Bare Hills Racquet and Fitness ClubLema J for donating a portion of their proceeds to K4C and the wonderful sponsors!…

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At K4C we educate and promote the importance and the necessity to give back in your local community as there is a great need and many accessible opportunities to volunteer. However, we must not forget about global service and the benefits that accompany traveling to a foreign country, operating outside of your comfort zone and helping others in need. Chryss Cada from ChicoER.com recently wrote an article about teenagers spending a few weeks out of their summer to travel to a foreign country and volunteer, “[The students] are challenged in ways they haven’t been before….