Welcome to the GW Cancer Center’s Marine Corps Marathon and MCM10K team. The GW Cancer Center’s vision is to create a cancer-free world through groundbreaking research, innovative education and equitable care for all. Your support helps us work toward this vision on a daily basis.

As a member of the GW Cancer Center team, you’ll get lots of support to help you reach your training and fundraising goals. Here in the participant center, you’ll find:

  • Sample email template for soliciting donations from friends and family
  • Sample social media artwork and messages so you can spread the word about the important work of the GW Cancer Center
  • Training tips and plans
  • Fundraising tips and advice

If you’ve got questions about the fundraising process or need any additional information, check out our FAQs or email us at cancercenter@gwu.edu.

Sample Email Template

The below message includes sample text you can share with family and friends to encourage them to support you and the GW Cancer Center. You can also add artwork to make your email stand out.

 MCM Email Header

Dear Family and Friends,

I recently accepted the challenge to raise funds to support the George Washington University (GW) Cancer Center by participating in the 43rd annual [Marine Corps Marathon or MCM 10K]. I have set a goal of raising $__. Will you consider partnering with me to meet this goal?

The GW Cancer Center is working to create a cancer-free world through groundbreaking research, innovative education and equitable care for all. Learn more about the patients GW serves, like Vincent Jones, a four-year survivor of multiple myeloma, or Amy Jones, a stage 4 breast cancer survivor. Please support this important work by contributing generously. For more information about the GW Cancer Center, you can visit www.gwcancercenter.org.

It’s faster and easier than ever to support this great cause by making your tax-deductible donation online using the link below. If you prefer, you can send your contribution to to the address listed below (please write MCM2018 and my name in the memo line of the check).

Any amount you can give is greatly appreciated -- it all adds up! Thank you for your support, I look forward to keeping you posted on my progress.

[Add your participant center link here]

Checks can be sent to:

SMHS Development and Alumni Relations Office
2600 Virginia Avenue NW
Suite 355E
Washington, D.C. 20037

Questions about your gift or the donation process? Please email smhsalumni@gwu.edu or call (202) 994-7511.

Sample Social Media Content

Looking to spread the word about the GW Cancer Center’s Marine Corps Marathon or MCM10K team? We’ve got you covered! Share the social media messages and graphics below so friends and family can support your training journey:


  • Twitter: I just joined @GWCancer’s [Marine Corps Marathon/MCM10K] team! Will you consider helping me reach my goal of raising $__ toward their lifesaving work? [DONATE LINK] #RunWiththeMarines
  • Facebook: The [Marine Corps Marthon/MCM10K] is coming up soon, and guess what -- I’m [running/walking] for the GW Cancer Center! Follow along on my journey and please consider helping me reach my goal of raising $__ to fight cancer! [DONATE LINK]


Fundraising Tips and Tricks
  • Update your personal fundraising page: Since most of your donations will be online, use your personal page to explain why you’re running. Include a picture or two or even use it as a blog to update your supporters on your training.
  • Don’t just ask once: Everyone is so very busy these days that it’s easy to scan a fundraising email and forget to go back and donate. Don’t hesitate in reaching out to friends and family multiple times. They are usually happy to be reminded as they want to support you but life gets in the way.
  • Corporate donations are not as hard as you may think: Businesses often have budgets for charitable donations. If they can’t donate money directly to your fundraising, maybe they can provide a gift card or product as a donation.
  • Social media is key: Use your Facebook and Twitter accounts to let the world know you’re running and raising money for the GW Cancer Center. Direct them to your page, notify followers of fundraisers, just get the word out!
  • Snail mail is still important: Some friends and family prefer to receive a hard-copy letter and donate via check.
  • Engage your favorite vendors: Do you have a favorite restaurant or coffee shop? Many of these locations will allow you to have happy hours, tastings or other fundraisers after work or on weekends. It draws new customers to their store and helps you with your fundraising.
  • Don’t forget matching gifts: Many companies offer to match their employees’ charitable giving. Be sure to ask your donors if their employers do this.
  • Work with your teammates: It’s often easier to work together to raise money. Reach out to others on the team who may work or live close to you to plan joint events. Your contacts will double and so will your fun!