Our Story

Our Mission

Our unwavering mission is to improve the lives of children battling cancer by providing financial support, developing and implementing unique hospital programs, funding innovative research, and granting personal wishes. Through our first hand experience with pediatric cancer and our medical background, Go4theGoal provides the best practices to patients, their families, and the hospitals and staff that care for them.

Our Beginnings

Go4theGoal was founded in 2006 only weeks after Richard Stefanacci was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. After a yearlong battle, Richard lost his fight with cancer just a few months shy of his 15th birthday.

Though Richard lost his battle, Go4theGoal’s determination to continue our mission remained and was only strengthened when his cousin Blake was diagnosed with another rare cancer, Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, on March 11, 2010. Blake bravely fought her cancer and is now a 4-year survivor enjoying all the normal thrills of being a teenage girl!

Richard’s Journey

6/12 – Today was incredibly peaceful – at one point Christopher (Richard’s youngest brother) called everyone into the room. All of Richard’s grandparents, uncles, aunts, brothers & sister came in while Christopher told Richard it was ok to let go... pretty insightful for a 7 year old. But, Richard was truly a great teacher to of all. Teacher is a consistent word that comes from friends & family to describe him. That certainly does cover it – for this 14 year journey lead by Richard has truly taught us a great deal about living life.

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