4 th of July Pray ~ Hope ~ Believe 5K Run/Walk !!!

At this time of giving THANKS, we want to thank YOU - participants, sponsors, donors, volunteers, supporters - for helping us bring more HOPE to children battling brain cancer. Our 8th annual July 4th Pray~Hope~Believe 5K Run/Walk ( PHB 5K ) was another wonderful event - because of YOU! We had just under 1600 registered participants - mostly present at the event and some virtual participants, as well. As of our most recent tally, our profit is over $73,000.
11th Annual Tony Merk Blood Drive
In thanksgiving for the lifesaving blood transfusions Tony received in treatment for brain cancer (over 30), the Merk Family organized a blood drive to coincide with Tony's birthday on November 26th. Tony was present the first two years and the Merk Family has continued the event in his memory - collecting more than 1180 donations in our 10 years. Please join us on Saturday, November 30th for an opportunity to save lives at St. Ann Parish, 8am-2:30pm. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is recommended at or by calling 513-451-0910. Questions can also be directed to Rick and Lynne Merk at 513-304-2388.
ATTENTION BOURBON LOVERS! We will be hosting a bourbon raffle for a bottle from the 6 millionth barrel of Buffalo Trace. Stay tuned to our Facebook page, Twitter, and email messages to learn more. You won’t be disappointed!
AMAZON SMILE : When shopping at Amazon, go to and select PHBF as your charity of choice. You get the exact same service you get with regular Amazon (including Amazon Prime) and Amazon donates a portion of the purchase price to PHBF!
Go to our website or email us at to donate, join our volunteer list, participate in our prayer ministry (Prayer Club 88) or learn more about sponsorship opportunities for your organization or business.
And, of course, we'll see you next year at the 9th Annual PHB 5K on July 4, 2020.

With HOPE and appreciation,

Rick and Lynne Merk
Co-Founders, PHBF


PHBF is a 501c3 IRS approved nonprofit organization FEIN: 45-3913286