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RUSH Podcast

RUSH Podcast: Episode Five – Theresa Anthony For our Angel Families

Sandy Barker hosts this podcast with Author Theresa Anthony focusing on the book Hope Springs From A Mother’s Broken Heart. It will help grieving mother’s (as well as those in her close-knit community) survive the very worst thing that can happen to a woman. The loss of a child. Hope Springs From A Mother’s Broken Heart (Purchase Book via Amazon)

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RUSH Podcast: Episode Four – David (Childhood Cancer Survivor) Interviewed by Sandy Barker

Meet David – a smart, fun, hilarious baseball player and childhood cancer survivor!  He joins Sandy Barker along with his mom Marci.  Together the three of them talk about their childhood cancer journey and what it took for him to get back to baseball after a long 3 1/2 year fight.

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RUSH Podcast: Episode Three – Jordan Roby & the Pen Pal Project

Host Sandy Barker with Gold Rush Cure Foundation interviews Jordan Roby of the Pen Pal Project – which offers emotional support to childhood cancer families.

Visit Jordan Roby and the Pen Pal Project online at: We love to interview those making a difference for children fighting cancer. The RUSH Podcast is a collection of interviews, stories, and news surrounding the childhood cancer fight and patient support outreach through Gold Rush Cure Foundation and it’s Pot of Gold Program.

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RUSH Podcast: Episode Two – Hero Sage & Performance

Few know what a young teenager goes through when they get diagnosed with cancer.  In this first ever HERO episode, Pot of Gold recipient Sage talks about her journey, treatment and growing music career in a sit down with GRCF’s President and podcast host, Sandy Barker.  We will continue to highlight inspiring stories, news in the childhood cancer community and Gold Rush Cure updates in future episodes; stay tuned!

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RUSH Podcast: Episode One – How it All Started

Gold Rush Cure Foundation is excited to share the first RUSH podcast with you! Sandy Barker, President of the foundation, sits down with our heroes and has heartfelt conversations about childhood cancer. With every episode she highlights stories, news in this field and highlights progress in the childhood cancer cause. You’ll be able to hear more about what we’re working towards as well as how our heroes are living life on their own terms despite having such a tough diagnosis.

On this first episode Sandy Barker is joined by her husband Gary Barker (left) and long-time childhood friend, Kelli Seely (right).

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Latest News

The Tale of the Brave: Childhood Cancer Stories & Pot of Gold Gifts

Gold Rush Cure Foundation has launched our first ever blog that will share the stories of our childhood cancer heroes. Gold Rush Cure is a nonprofit started by Sandy Barker and her husband Gary, to help deliver Pot of Gold gift packages to children fighting cancer around the United States. Sometimes it can seem like “everything happens for a reason”, even in the philanthropic space. We received our 501 (c)(3) status back in 2009, launched our Pot of Gold program in 2014, but we had a lot to build and learn. Now, so many years later we are ready to start telling the stories and give a little behind the scenes look at how we do what we do.

These children are true heroes and they show courage every day when they go for their treatments at hospitals all over America. We want this blog to provide hope and inspiration for everyone who reads it– donors, partners, and families alike! We hope that the blog will help to show how much our heroes love life and are fighting for it. Gold Rush Cure’s first ever podcast, hosted by Sandy Barker herself, will be launching soon!

It is hard to believe that we have been giving out Pot of Gold’s for over five years now. These personalized gift deliveries are carefully timed, wrapped and delivered by trained volunteers who know how to show up big for families going through the impossible. Over the past year, our program operations team has determined we have supported over 90 children’s hospitals all over America. Pretty cool, isn’t it?

These children bravely fight cancer every day regardless of the treatment, and that is why Gold Rush Cure Foundation records their stories as part of a new blog. We want this blog post to provide hope and inspiration for everyone who reads it—donors, partners, families alike! We hope you’ll find comfort and joy in it and check back often.

Past Events

Celebrating Heroes 2019

Gold Rush Cure hosted their 6th annual Celebrating Heroes gala at Dove Canyon Golf Club in Trabuco Canyon, California on October 12, 2019. Sandy Barker, President of GRCF presented hero awards to five young childhood cancer fighters while music by Sage (a past Pot of Gold Hero) and a silent auction took place that was so much fun!

The Gold Rush Cure Pot of Gold program provides hope and encouragement to children fighting cancer. With the help of this night’s fundraiser, they will be able to provide more support for these brave kids as well as their siblings.  Thank you to all who joined GRCF and those who donated when they couldn’t attend.

The heroes honored on that night are so cool! Want to read more about them? Their stories, pictures and our event photo gallery are below.


covid-19 notice

Since early 2020 GRCF has made several modifications to our original plan. We are mindful of our young heroes fighting cancer, many of whom are immunocompromised and going through difficult treatment. While GRCF is following the lead of our children’s hospital partners, our COVID-19 policy for the Pot of Gold Program is in line with current CDC guidelines. 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.