SOAR COVID-19 Relief Grant
August 18th, 2020
SOAR has granted $4000 to 2 individuals financially impacted by COVID-19 who have also struggled with a cancer background. Congratulations to Wendi Gonzalez and Anita Ahmad-Zai for being our recipients. Find out more about our grant here.
COVID & Cancer Online Video Series
July 1st, 2020
This summer, SOAR developed a video series featuring interviews from various oncology specialists to talk about how COVID-19 has affected our lives and cancer fields. We featured cancer survivors, nurses, cancer nonprofit founders and more. SOAR matched the fundraised money to donate $300 to the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund. Watch the recordings from our interviews and learn more about their backgrounds here!
SOAR to College Scholarship
February 20th, 2020
This year, we awarded $2000 to deserving cancer fighters and survivors from around the country. They are using our scholarship to continue their education. Find out more about our program and our recipients here.
Hospital Staff Holiday Candygrams
December 20th, 2019
This holiday season, SOAR created and delivered Candygrams to the Houston Methodist West Hospital to appreciate hospital staff and volunteers for all they do for their patients. Each candygram was personalized by a SOAR member. We were joined by the Tompkins Chapter in creating and delivering these candygrams.
Mary Kay Chemo Kit Partnership
SOAR partnered with the Mary Kay Foundation to provide packaged chemo care kits for cancer patients. These kits include Mary Kay Cosmetic items such as hydrating body lotion, fragrance free hand cream, and a satin lips lip balm, etc. We put together 30 chemo care kits and donated them to a patients.
Youth Creators' Night Benefit Concert
August 10th, 2019
Crystal King raised $15,168.49 from her headline concert at the West Houston Chinese Church benefiting SOAR! Various youth creators came together to contribute to this cause. Find out more on her website.
SOAR to College Scholarship
March 31st, 2019
This year, we awarded $3000 to deserving cancer fighters and survivors from around the country. They are using our scholarship to continue their education. Find out more about our program and our recipients here.
Shriner's Hospital Toy Donation
December 21, 2018
This holiday season, SOAR hosted our 2nd annual toy drive and donated to Shriner's Hospital for Children. In total we collected and purchased 180 toys including dolls, books, board games, legos, stuffed animals, puzzles, fuzzy socks, craft supplies, etc. worth over $2000.
Shelter Donation Drive
December 15, 2018
After collecting many used/leftover items from previous drives, we realized our efforts could be used to help other communities. This Christmas season, we donated several toiletries, shirts, books, and household goods totaling 281 items to homeless shelters around the Houston area.
Family Game Night
November 16, 2018
At the Houston Methodist Hospital, we were joined by members from Obra D. Tompkins High School. We spent the night providing food and refreshments to nurses and families waiting for their loved ones going through treatment while playing games with their children. We raffled off a Whataburger package worth $300 to a lucky family in waiting.
Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer
September 22, 2018
We worked with St. Jude's Children's Hospital to form a team for their Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer fundraiser! Despite the pouring rain, we still had so much fun running the 5k together. We raised a total of $310 donated directly to St. Jude and we're excited to continue working with them in the future.
National Cancer Survivors Celebration
June 1, 2018
A huge thank you to Houston Methodist West for inviting us to be a part of this amazing celebration! With a barbecue lunch, line dancing, and a live country band, this celebration allowed everyone to "Give Cancer the Boot!" We talked to many cancer survivors and gave out all our "Put a Cap on Cancer" hats! We are excited to work with the many other cancer organizations we connected with at this event.
Spring Caps and Blanket Drive
In May 2018, SOAR branched out with our first delivery to adults with cancer! We delivered personalized "Put a Cap on Cancer" hats and blankets to Houston Methodist West Hospital. Our executive team brought 60 items for these patients.
May 30, 2018
Soar Benefit Concert
February 25, 2018
The SOAR Benefit Concert was the biggest event of our organization! With tons of generous donations from many individuals, we were able to raise almost $9,000! For more information about our performers and pictures from this event, please visit our benefit concert page
Christmas Gift Wrapping
SOAR gift wrapping was a success! We ran 6 gift wrapping shifts in November and December at Barnes and Noble (Westheimer.) We took customers' gifts and wrapped them so that they are ready to be placed under the Christmas tree, in Christmas stockings, or given directly to their loved ones. Though our service was free, we raised almost $650 from tips and donations! We would like to take a moment to recognize executives Alexis Ofori, Christina Ofori, Rahul Mathilakath, and Crystal Wang, and members Vincent Kim, Megan Ngai, Dustin Nguyen, Raumeen Seifi, Callum Clark, Natalie Atkinson, Celeste Chamaa, Maria Amador, and Michael Ma for volunteering at this event.
2017 Christmas Toy Drive
December 16, 2017
To end the year off, SOAR decided to do a Christmas toy drive for children afflicted by cancer at Texas Children's hospital. Over the course of a week SOAR collected toys from students and delivered them on December 16 to Texas Children's Hospital. We collected over 400 items worth approximately over $2000. Finally, Soar would like to recognize students from Seven Lakes High School, Thomas Yeum, Eve Wang, Joy Wang, Flora Hu, Andrew Hallack, Leanne Wu, Aaron Tsui, and Jonathan Liu, and Memorial High School students Amelia Mannetti, Catelyn Huynh, Chandler Garner, Emily Scofield, Grace Touchstone, Lily Short, Mariel Rached, Megan Ngai, Susan Soh, Varij Shah, and Zara Italia for contributing to our drive. We would also like to thank National Honor Society from Memorial High School for helping with the donations.
November 15, 2017
On November 15th, SOAR members came together and worked for hours creating thank you cards for under appreciated oncology nurses. We were able to deliver cards to over 100 nurses at Texas Children's Hospital, Memorial Hermann, and Houston Methodist Hospital. Each card was delivered to recognize all the hard work nurses do and bring a smile to their faces. We delivered them just in time for Thanksgiving to show nurses that their work does not go unnoticed.
Fall Garage Sale
October 28, 2017
Our first event of the semester was a small-scaled garage sale with donations by SOAR members. We sold various household items including books, games, sports items, clothing, accessories, as well as offering our Sponsored Lane and Simple cookies and homemade hot chocolate. We were able to raise almost $200 from the items sold and extra donations. Extra items may be used in future care packages for patients to enjoy.
Lane and Simple Sponsorship
September 2017-January 2018
A huge thank you to Lane and Simple for helping out SOAR with their generous profit share. All the way until January 2018, 50% of the profits from their signature chocolate chip (Simple Chip), Toffee Chocolate Chip, Sugar Cookies, and Snickerdoodles orders were donated to SOAR.
The 3 SOAR Chapters plus the SOAR Executive Board participated in a sponsorship contest at the beginning of the semester. We reached out to various local businesses and our friends and neighbors to make a donation in return for recognition of their business. These sponsors will be recognized in all SOAR events across all chapters for 12 months. The winner of the contest was the Executive Board with the highest donation per member ratio. In total we raised over $4000 with our sponsorships! For more recognition of our sponsors please visit our donation page.
Crystal King Single Release - Soar With Me
July 7, 2017
Crystal King just released her new single "Soar With Me" available on available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, and many other music platforms. All proceeds from this single will be donated to the SOAR Foundation. Crystal wrote this song about her cousin currently fighting bone cancer and wants to use this song to inspire him and all other patients to keep holding onto hope and soar above life's hardships. For more information about Crystal and her music, please visit her website here.