WestRash Charities 2017 family photo

About Us:

WestRash Charities began in May 2002 with a casual golf gathering of family and friends to raise money in support of a family friend in need of financial support for their child’s fight with leukemia. Over the next two years it evolved from a casual golf outing into a golf event that raised funds in support of our families’ shared goal of helping others within our community –  organizations like the Boys & Girls club, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocacy), Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, local schools and sport programs, along with numerous individuals that just needed a little help.

In 2004, our family decided to formalize our efforts and became a Virginia Corporation, applied for and received our initial certification as an IRS 501 (C) 3 tax exempt organization in 2005 and our final certification in 2008. Our charity’s name comes from combining our two family names, West (from Westenhofer) and Rash.

In 2006, WestRash Charities took on the challenge of raising funds for local cancer support and recovery programs when my brother, Kit, began his battle with cancer  at the age of 28.

Kit

                  Kit – survivor shirt

Our cancer support efforts were amplified when my son, Owen, was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in 2010 at the age of 14. Owen courageously fought and lost his battle with cancer in April 2012 at the age of 16. His two year battle is chronicled here.

Owen and his younger brothers

                                          Owen and his younger brothers

43 families in this country received the very same news today that I received in 2010: Your child has cancer – the disease that kills more children in this country than any other. Tomorrow, 43 more will get that same news; and, in an instant, those families will learn what is impossible to accept – cancer can impact any child. It happens every day. 

Please join us in our vow to honor those courageously fighting, by continuing to provide funding for the advancement of cancer research and treatments.

– Deena Westenhofer
VP, WestRash Charities