Big Give SA organization gives big to cancer research

B.I.S.H. Foundation donates all money raised to MD Anderson

SAN ANTONIO – The Big Give kickoff is on Tuesday, when people in San Antonio are asked to donate to those organizations near and dear to them.

One of those on the list is the B.I.S.H. Foundation. That's “Believers Inspiring Survivors for Hope.”

Darlene Gonzalez started the nonprofit six years ago in memory of her mother, who she lost to cancer.

"I've had a lot of family members that have been touched with cancer and it's just something that is near and dear to me," said Gonzalez. "And, I wanted to do something to try and help others, going through the same thing."

The B.I.S.H. Foundation is very small, but there's no overhead or salaries to pay so, everything they raise goes directly to cancer research at MD Anderson.

The event that brings in the most money is the "Santa Antonio 5K," where you will see more than 800 Santa’s running around downtown.

"The largest fundraiser that we do is the Sunday after Thanksgiving and it's our Santa Antonio 5k," said Gonzalez. "It's a walk/run event that it is held downtown at Sunset Station, every participant that registers gets a Santa suit."

The run is not only their biggest fundraiser and a celebration with food and music, it's also a way to remember loved ones who have lost their battle with cancer or to honor those who are currently fighting cancer.

So far, the foundation has been able to donate more than $135,000 toward cancer research and they are hoping the Big Give will help them, help more people.

"We're looking forward to participating in it this year," said Gonzalez. "We just hope it will provide other means to raise more money for cancer research."

Aside from the Santa Antonio 5K, the nonprofit also has a fundraiser in the summer.

This year, they plan on hosting a music festival at the Alamo Brewery on July 23.

All donations are welcome.

Click here for more information on the B.I.S.H. Foundation.

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