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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 - Patricia

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Patricia was clearing and burning brush when the fire burst.  As she went to move a nearby gasoline can out of the way, it exploded during the attempt. This accident has left her covered in 2nd and 3rd degree burns on her entire right side.


We are honored to have Patricia as our 2020 Burn Survivor recipient.

Upcoming events and appearances

12/6 - 12/8/2019

Wicked Weekend

All day

The Stafford Place Theater, 75 Main St. Stafford Springs, Connecticut 06076

Event Details

12/6 - 12/8/2019

All day

The Stafford Place Theater, 75 Main St. Stafford Springs, Connecticut 06076

12/7/2019

Holiday Hoopla

12pm - 8pm

Dundalk Renaissance, 11 Center Pl, Dundalk, Maryland 21222

Event Details

12/7/2019

12pm - 8pm

Dundalk Renaissance, 11 Center Pl, Dundalk, Maryland 21222

12/14/2019

Red Vein Haunted Christmas

All day

Hanover Vegetable Farm, 13580 Ashland Rd, Ashland, VA 23005

Event Details

12/14/2019

Red Vein Haunted Christmas

This is the second year that Red Vein is turning their haunted attraction at the Hanover Vegetable farm into a haunted Krampus Christmas wonderland, and this time they're offering TWO nights of scares! 


Get your tickets for this amazing haunt at their website: redveinhaunt.com

All day

Hanover Vegetable Farm, 13580 Ashland Rd, Ashland, VA 23005

12/14/2019

Ocean City Comic Con

10:00am - 5:00pm

Ocean City, MD

Event Details

12/14/2019

10:00am - 5:00pm

Ocean City, MD

7/31 to 8/2/2020

Scares That Care Charity Weekend 7

All day

Doubletree Convention Center, Williamsburg, VA

Event Details

7/31 to 8/2/2020

Scares That Care Charity Weekend 7

We invite you to join us in raising funds in the fight against REAL MONSTERS with celebrities, authors, film festival and much, much more!


https://scaresthatcareweekend.com

All day

Doubletree Convention Center, Williamsburg, VA