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The 2018 Tackle Sickle Cell Casino Night in Boston is on Monday, October 22nd.

The 2018 Tackle Sickle Cell Casino Night in Boston is only 10 days away!

This is a can't miss event in Boston, Massachusetts if you love the New England Patriots like we do. Devin McCourty & Jason McCourty will be hosting, and once again many of their Patriots teammates will be at the party too! Join us for:

* Casino games with funny money

* Exciting raffle prizes including signed jerseys and helmets of your favorite players

* Special performances on behalf of Next Step and Boston Medical Center

Casino Night in Boston is BACK! Grab your tickets!

Devin and Jason McCourty, defensive backs for the New England Patriots, and Tackle Sickle Cell are teaming up with Next Step and Boston Medical Center at the 2018 Tackle Sickle Cell Casino Night in Boston on Monday, October 22, 2018.

For the first time, Devin AND Jason will be hosting this amazing event that includes casino games with funny money, delicious food and drinks, silent auction and raffle prizes featuring signed Patriots memorabilia - there will also be special guest appearances by some of their teammates. You do not want to miss this party!

Run the 2019 Boston Marathon for Next Step

Next Step was awarded two spots in the 123rd Boston Marathon and we are accepting applications to join Team Next Step!!! Run with Next Step's 6th Boston Marathon team on Monday, April 15, 2019 and help us build a bigger and stronger community for deserving young people living with cancer, HIV and rare genetic disorders. The fundraising minimum for each marathon runner is $7,500 and we offer both training and fundraising support to our team. Wanna help us empower more seriously ill young people by running 26.2 miles in this historic race?

Team Next Step finished the 2018 Falmouth Road Race!

Thank you to all of the volunteers who stepped up this summer to run the 2018 Falmouth Road Race on Sunday, August 17th on behalf of Next Step! Together they raised over $30,000 and they are still working hard to cross their fundraising finish line. Will you help them get there? Donate $100 before Monday, September 24th and you will automatically be entered into a raffle for a pair of ROUND TRIP BUSINESS CLASS AIR TICKETS with Turkish Airlines!

Thank you Next Step Summer Interns!

We are feeling all of the feels because it's the last day at Next Step for our Summer Interns.

Jane and Surya worked so hard to support our mission during their time at Next Step and we are so thankful for the positive energy and wisdom they brought to Next Step, our Summer Campferences and the Health Fair with MassCARE.

It has been a blast working with these two remarkable individuals this summer and we wish them all of the best in their future endeavors.

Thank you Jane and Surya!

Thank you Hemlock Ink!

Thank you to Dan Cadogan and the staff at Hemlock Ink in Somerville, MA for printing our gorgeous singlets for the 2018 Falmouth Road Race! Our runners are going to look so good on the course! Check out for your needs with Screen Printing, Custom Embroidery, Digital Garment Printing and Graphic Design.

Unforgettable Day at Patriots Training Camp!

On Sunday, July 29, 2018, Jason & Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots, Tackle Sickle Cell and Boston Medical Center invited Next Step to attend the Patriots Training Camp at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Enter raffle to win pair of round trip tickets with Turkish Airlines!


Turkish Airlines proudly sponsors Next Step and our 2018 Falmouth Road Race team. Turkish Airlines recently donated a pair of round trip business class air tickets to Next Step that we are raffling off to a lucky winner!!! All proceeds from the raffle will support our 2018 Falmouth Road Race team.

Welcome Sharde - Our new Face2Face Campference Director!

We are thrilled to announce that one of our favorite people in the world, Sharde Fultz, has signed on as our NEW Summer Campference Director of our Face2Face Summer Campference for teens and young adults coping with a cancer diagnosis.

Sharde has been a valuable member of our community for many years. She is a poet, a dancer, a philosopher, a mentor, advocate, speaker, a former Next Step participant, a dear friend to all of us and now Sharde will lead our 4-day Face2Face Summer Campference.

A message from Sharde to our community:

Celebrating 10 years of Summer Campference!

2018 marks 10 years of Next Step Summer Campferences for teens and young adults living with cancer, HIV and rare genetic disorders! We are so ready for another summer of fun, learning, and unforgettable moments!

Email Quita Christison, Next Step Outreach & Engagement Coordinator, if you are a young person, ages 16-24, who would like to get involved in our community and attend our FREE 4-day summer program! You won't regret it.


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