Running For the MACC Fund, Just 3 Weeks to the Brewers Mini

It’s the homestretch for the Brewers Mini-Marathon. The event is sold out and if you have signed up and haven’t started training, what are you waiting for!? Less than three weeks until the big race!

In all seriousness, there is an important part of the Brewers Mini that we haven’t really touched on yet through the blog. There is the fundraising aspect to the race—raising money for a very important organization, the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer).

For over 35 years, the MACC Fund has raised over $41 million for childhood cancer and related blood disorder research. It is a cause that has touched many lives, most likely someone you may know.

The MACC Fund works with the Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. In addition, the MACC Fund also sponsors research centers in Madison and Milwaukee.

The Brewers have teamed up with the MACC Fund to raise money for their cause. The race is a great way to shed some light on how important the MACC Fund is to childhood cancer research.  If you would like to donate to Team John and Cait, you can do so by clicking here.  You can also visit to donate in the name of any person running the Brewers Mini.

The MACC Fund has always been something that has been a part of my life. My family has always been involved and I’m proud to call a number of leaders of the organization good friends. MACC Fund Executive Director John, Cary, MACC Fund President Jon McGlocklin and my dad, John F. Steinmiller, who has served on the MACC Fund Board of Directors, have always been good examples for me of how important this organization is to the community.

From participating in the Children’s Fashion Shows when I was little (oops, my mom must have misplaced those photos), playing in the Hoop-It-Up 3-on-3 basketball tournament with my friends growing up, the Women For MACC Pasta Fest, attending the Bucks MACC Fund Game, working with Bob and Brian’s Radiothon and seeing the “MACC Star” on our Christmas tree every year, the MACC Fund has always been something that has been a part of my life. Growing up in the Milwaukee community, it is hard to miss any of their events.

The hardworking people who are a part of the organization as well as the children who benefit from their research will certainly be on my mind on September 22 when running this race.


Childhood cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death in children after the newborn period. While I do not have the same personal ties to the MACC Fund that John does, I do know that the MACC Fund is a wonderful organization supporting a very important cause.

So, if you thought about participating in the physical race yourself, but didn’t have the chance, you can still participate in another  race–the race to wipe out childhood cancer and related blood disorders—one child at a time.
If you’re running the race and have already started fundraising, that’s great! Please know your support and efforts are much appreciated We’d also like to hear from you–what’s been working? Have you tried campaign emails or letters? How about a fundraising party, teaming up with others, or getting creative? Garage sales, bake sales and car washes are some easy and fun ideas to help boost your total.

I’ve been checking out the Fundraising page on the and I’m thrilled to see terrific numbers coming in so far!

And because incentives are helpful not only in racing, but also in fundraising, Brewers Enterprises has some great ones to keep you motivated!

Various levels have been established to qualify for individual and group prizes. The top individual and group fundraisers will get their choice of prize within their qualifying level, all other fundraisers will be entered into a drawing for the remaining prizes for which they qualify. 

Prizes include everything from autographed baseballs and rounds of golf to a private gourmet dinner for two at Home Plate in Miller Park and the opportunity to take batting practice! For a full list of prizes, click here.

So there you have it. On Saturday, September 22, we all have two common goals–to finish the race strong and to help support this important cause.

We hope that you will help support Team John and Cait, or become a fundraiser yourself!

-John and Cait

Note: If you’d rather give of your time, the Brewers Mini is still looking for volunteers for race day and other tasks associated with the event! Click here for more.

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