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We obtained our 501(c)(3) in 2011 in order to be as transparent as possible for our supporters. We will continue to seek improving the openness of this organization and please contact us with any questions you may have.

About Us

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Our Founder

Scares That Care was founded by Joe Ripple. A retired Baltimore County, Maryland, Police Detective who in 2007 started this organization as a tribute to the daughter of a fellow officer who succumbed to a terminal illness..

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Our History

 The charity originally started with the goal of raising $10,000 per year for organizations such as Make-A-Wish and the Kennedy Krieger Institute.


After several successful campaigns, the charity became more formalized in 2011 as a 501(c)(3) and established the Board of Directors. 


The mission originally was designed to help those fighting breast cancer or childhood illness.  This was then expanded by horror legend Kane Hodder as he asked us to take over his burn survivor program.

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Our Mission

As a 100% volunteer organization, we are focused to fight the REAL MONSTERS of childhood illness, burns and breast cancer by helping families who are experiencing these extraordinary hardships cope with the financial burden by raising and providing $10,000 per recipient family.

sponsored families

Child Recipient - Natalya

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Being a single mom is tough, but rewarding job. Having a child with Marfan Syndrome, who'll need a lifetime of required care, is something that requires lots of love and support. Ashley Adams and her Daughter Natalya are recipient candidates for 2020. Please welcome them to our family.

Breast Cancer Warrior - Laura

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Laura is Breast Cancer Warrior. Challenged by cancer that’s affecting her lymph nodes, she has endured surgeries and chemo. She has not been able to work, and has three children, one in college, a 13 year old and an 11 year old. Despite the challenges she faces, she is a fighter and an advocate for the LGBTQ+ Community, known in Arkansas as “The Lady in the Rainbow Dress.” Now, this warrior needs OUR help. 2020 is HER year. Please welcome her to our family.

Burn Survivor - Searching for 2020 Recipient

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 Currently, we are looking for our 2020 recipient. To nominate, please email HELP@SCARESTHATCARE.ORG

Upcoming events and appearances

10/11 - 10/13/2019

New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival

All day

Showboat Casino, Atlantic City, NJ

Event Details

10/11 - 10/13/2019

New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival

All day

Showboat Casino, Atlantic City, NJ

10/11 - 10/13/2019

Rock and Shock

All day

Worcester, MA

Event Details

10/11 - 10/13/2019

Rock and Shock

All day

Worcester, MA

10/12/2019

Haunts of Richmond

7pm - 10pm

Richmond, VA

Event Details

10/12/2019

Haunts of Richmond

Ghost Tour Benefit for STC


 https://www.hauntsofrichmond.com/ 

7pm - 10pm

Richmond, VA

10/19 - 10/20/2019

Haunted Hunt Club Farm

10am - 6pm

2388 London Bridge Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456

Event Details

10/19 - 10/20/2019

Haunted Hunt Club Farm

10am - 6pm

2388 London Bridge Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456

10/24/2019

October Unhappy Hour

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Richmond, VA

Event Details

10/24/2019

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Richmond, VA

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