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 merely a casual golf outing into a golf event to raise funds in support of our families’ shared goal of helping others within our community. Our community support provided resources and funding to organizations such as the Boys & Girls club, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocacy), Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, local schools, and numerous individuals that just needed a little help.

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More recently WestRash Charities has taken on the challenge of raising funds for local cancer support and recovery programs. This endeavor began when my brother Kit began his battle with cancer a few years ago at the age of 28, and it became even more important to us when my son, Owen, was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) 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.

Nearly 50 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, about 50 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. 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.

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