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27671 Rosebud Way, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

info@goldrushcure.org

+1 949 662-3884

WHAT'S THE RUSH?

HELP US ENCOURAGE CHILDHOOD CANCER SUPERHEROES & ADVOCATE FOR A CURE

Gold Rush Cure Foundation brings hope and encouragement to children fighting cancer through our Pot of Gold Program and advocacy for better treatments for our heroes.

Our network of volunteers and team leaders support children’s hospitals and care teams by providing gift deliveries for children and teens when they need it most during their treatment. It is our mission to bring smiles, hope, encouragement and create memories through the Pot of Gold experience.

We like to say "Not one more child, not one more family!" but until that's true, we are here to support our heroes.

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SANDY BARKER

CO-FOUNDER
our impact

how we rush to make a difference

WE ENCOURAGE

You’ll be amazed at the difference one simple gift can make.  We love to encourage.

WE BRING HOPE

We gift hope to childhood cancer patients. We do all we can to make a difference.

WE INCLUDE SIBLINGS

Siblings have their own battle to fight.  We can't forget these heroes.

WE ADVOCATE

Better treatments are needed for kids - and they deserve it.  We speak up.

120
+

Years of
Foundation

9000
+

Pot of Gold
Deliveries

2000
+

incredible
volunteers

30
K+

volunteer
hours

MEET OUR FOUNDING HERO

CHRISTIAN BARKER

They say our true colors are revealed when we face adversity. Christian showed us his true colors through his incredible courage, determination, respect, compassion for others, and faithfulness in God. His quiet and sweet nature spoke volumes.

I hope he can see how his life and legacy have impacted so many people. He is the driving force behind so much of what we do.

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OUR PROGRESS

WE LIKE ACTION & SHOWING UP BIG FOR CHILDREN FIGHTING CANCER

Every calendar year we set goals for Gold Rush Cure Foundation.  Across all of our locations we seek to reach the highest number of childhood cancer families based on our financial support.  Please help us keep this mission going.

2022 Pot of Gold Goal
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2022 funding
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a team that is all in

Meet Our Volunteer Team

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

WHAT'S THE RUSH?

What started as a simple idea based on Christian Barker’s treatment journey became a fast growing and personalized outreach for children fighting cancer. 

We seek out the partnerships with the care teams and time our Pot of Gold delivery based on what the child or teen is going through.  

It is our mission to make a difference, create a powerful memory and most importantly – encourage.

POT OF GOLD PROGRAM deliveries

started in 2014

35

POT OF GOLD PROGRAM deliveries

last year - 2021

135

how we work

from our families

GRCF Locations

Gold Rush Cure is all-volunteer-run. A GRCF Location means we commit to the local pediatric cancer units in that region through our Pot of Gold program and have an infrastructure of volunteer support and logistics.

ORANGE COUNTY CA (hq)

ORANGE COUNTY, CA (HQ)

Location Team Leader:
Marci Padgett marci@goldrushcure.org
Email

LOS ANGELES, CA

LOS ANGELES, CA

Location Team Leader:
Christy Ambler christy@goldrushcure.org
Email

SAN DIEGO, CA

SAN DIEGO, CA

Location Team Leader:
Ashley Smith ashley@goldrushcure.org
Email

BAY AREA, CA

BAY AREA, CA

Location Team Leader:
Rowena Baginski rowena@goldrushcure.org
Email

PHOENIX/TUCSON, AZ

PHOENIX/TUCSON, AZ

Location Team Leader:
Jeremy Bliler jeremy@goldrushcure.org
Email

SEATTLE, WA

SEATTLE, WA

Location Team Leader:

Email

SALT LAKE CITY, UT

SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Location Team Leader:
Dillon Bliler dillon@goldrushcure.org
Email

NEW YORK CITY, NY

NEW YORK CITY, NY

Location Team Leader:

Email

WASHINGTON, DC

WASHINGTON, DC

Location Team Leader:
Isabelle Fontana isabelle@goldrushcure.org
Email

covid-19 notice

We are mindful of our young heroes fighting cancer, many of whom are immunocompromised and going through difficult treatment. In early 2022, Gold Rush Cure announced that the ubiquitous COVID-19 restrictions would be lifted. However, volunteers working with the Pot of Gold program are asked to:

GRCF always relies on the parents to make the ultimate decision on delivery location and preferences. Volunteers for GRCF will reach out prior to discuss deliveries and allow the parent(s)/guardians to make the best decision for their family.

No GRCF events are currently impacted by COVID-19 and will proceed as scheduled.