The Chris Stern memorial foundation
funds primary research into immunotherapy - the process of using our bodies immune system to fight sarcomas and other cancers.
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About Us

The Kicks4Chris Foundation was formed by a community of family and friends who were inspired by Chris.

Why was it started?

The Kicks4Chris Foundation was formed by a community of friends who have been inspired by Chris to fund primary cancer research that we believe should result in a more humane and effective approach to treating cancer. You can find out more information about our Board of Directors and other volunteers here.

About Our Name

We called our organization the Kicks4Chris Foundation both because Chris was a sneaker collector and because we hope that one day we will have helped "kick" cancer as our most serious disease The Kicks4Chris Foundation is a qualified tax-deductible charitable foundation under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. You can review the relevant documentation here.

Upcoming Special Events

We host a number of fundraising events each year.

  • February 18, 2018

    SoulCycle Charity ride for The Kicks4Chris Foundation

    Come out to support the Kicks4Chris Foundation in our ride to beat cancer! The 45-minute charity ride will be held at SoulCycle Rittenhouse on February 18th at 4:00 PM. All proceeds fund primary cancer immunotherapy research being conducted at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center of The University of Miami. There are only 56 bikes available, so don't miss your chance to support a great cause with a killer workout!

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  • October 22, 2017

    Third Annual Kicks4Chris 5k

    The Kicks4Chris Foundation is excited to announce the Third Annual 5k! The first two annual 5ks were huge successes with support from over 400 people and a total of about $32,000 rasied for cancer research projects! And, with your help we hope to beat that this year! The event will be held on Sunday, October 22nd at Alverthorpe Park. We can't wait to see you there!

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  • July 13, 2017

    Kicks4Chris Second Annual Paint Nite

    Join us for a night of great food, drinks, and even better company at the Second Annual Kicks4Chris Paint Nite! The event will be held on July 13th at Positano Cost in Old City, Philadelphia at 7:00 pm! Don’t miss the chance to channel your inner creativity and support an incredible cause! All proceeds benefit cancer research projects.

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  • SUN, MAY 21st AT 10:00 AM, AMBLER, PA

    3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

    Don't miss the second annual Kicks4Chris 3-on-3 basketball tournament being held in Mondauk Park, Ambler PA on May 21st. Last year's event was a lot of fun, with 17 participating teams and more than 100 people total! Please join us for a fun-filled day of friendly competition, prizes, music, and great food.

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Past Events

  • Sunday, January 1, 2017

    5:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST

    Second Annual Kicks4Chris Benefit Gala

    Come help us ring in the New Year and support a great cause by joining us for the 2017 Kicks4Chris Benefit Gala Dinner! There will be great food and drink, silent auctions, a photo booth, and prizes.

  • October 1, 2016

    Second Annual Kicks4Chris 5k

    Despite dreary, wet weather, we had a great turnout for the Second Annual Kicks4Chris 5k. We want to thank all the people who showed up to help fight cancer and make it such an enjoyable event.

  • Thursday, June 9 7:00PM

    Paint Nite

    All who came out to the Kicks4Chris paint nite had a blast! it was a low-key night filled with creativity, laughs, and great food and drinks. We hope to see everyone again for our upcoming Paint Nite events!

  • SUN, MAY 15th AT 10:00 AM, AMBLER, PA

    3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

    The first annual Kicks4Chris 3-on-3 basketball tournament was a huge success with 17 participating teams and more than 100 people total! Everyone came together for a fun-filled day of friendly competition, music, and great food. We know this would have been Chris’s favorite event, so we thank everyone who came out to support Kicks4Chris!

  • January 1, 2015

    New Year's Day Benefit

    January 1, 2016, would have been Chris Stern's 28th birthday. In his memory, the Kicks4Chris Foundation held its first gala event, a New Year's Day dinner at Nectar, a wonderful Asian fusion restaurant in Berwyn, PA. Those who attended celebrated the new year with fine food, drink and company, and helped raise more than $7,000 to help fight cancer.

  • November 15, 2015

    Kicks4Chris Annual 5k

    The first annual Kicks4Chris 5K was an inspiring success attended by more than 270 friends of the Foundation, who enjoyed a morning of sunshine, healthy activity, delicious food, and great raffles. Thanks to all who attended, we were able to raise more than $19,000 in support of immunotherapy research!


Chris's speech in the video is taken from the Survivor speech he gave at the James Madison University 2014 Relay For Life. For those interested, here is a recording of his entire speech.

Our Board

Meet our Board and some of our Volunteers.

Greg Stern


Carole Stern

Vice President

Lauren Stern

Treasurer & Secretary

Dan O'Dea

Board of Directors

Andrew Ott

Board of Directors

Nick Bakewell

Technical Consultant

Seldon Walker

Board of Directors

Sloane O'Dea

Public Relations

Lindsey Luria

Board of Directors

Donate to the Kicks4Chris Foundation

Would you like to donate to help our foundation fund research into immunotherapy? Use the below "Donate" button to be taken to our secure Square collection portal, where your donation will be processed. We sincerely appreciate every donation!

Contact Us

To get involved, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Kicks4Chris Foundation
PO Box 470
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006 
Phone: (267) 625-4000 | (844) 424-7477