Sarah's Alaska Team RMHC Fundraising Page
I will be representing Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) at the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon! On October 7th I am running 26.2 miles as a member of Team RMHC to help raise awareness and funds to keep families together, because if they can be together they can be stronger to fight for their little ones.
There are more than 365 Ronald McDonald Houses across America and the world. Where there is a Ronald McDonald House there is a safe respite for families focusing on getting their babies and children the medical attention they need to become healthy, stronger and to grow and thrive. RMHC provides comfort, care, relief, and the freedom for families to focus on what is important, and to do so together.
At birth I was diagnosed with a heart defect - pulmonic valve stenosis. My family and I have been blessed that I did not require the care some families experience when their child is diagnosed with a congenital defect or other disease later in life. However, if I had needed such care, would RMHC not have been an amazing blessing to us? To provide my parents with hot meals after long hours waiting through surgeries? To provide a clean, comfortable bed when weary with worry for their child? My family did not require RMHC's services, but every single day there are families that do.
Each time I run I remember that although I have a congenital heart defect, I am blessed. Even with a defective heart, I am strong, and I want to use my 'not-quite-right' heart and strong legs to help children who have had a very different start in their young lives than I had. I want to use the strength I have now to run for kids and their families so that one day they too may be strong enough to run their own races. Running with Team RMHC is a great way for me to do this! I can and am running to help raise awareness and funds to keep families together, because if they can be together they can be stronger to fight for their little ones.
Anything you can offer to help goes a long way! Did you know $25 can provide dinner for a family and $80 can give a family a room for a night? Your donation, of any amount, will not only help me achieve my goal, but will help children stay close to their families when they need it most!
Thank you to my employer, McDonald's franchisee MRD, Inc. for encouraging and supporting RMHC throughout the year, and for now sponsoring and encouraging me as I seek to do the same for RMHC through running the Chicago Marathon as a member of Team RMHC!
Because of your incredible support I have increased my goal $ amount for RMHC! This is incredible and it makes my heart so full to know how much love and kindness is out there among my family and friends for the kids of RMHC and their families. The anticipation of how much will be accomplished for RMHC from now until October because of people like you is almost overwhelming. Thank you for all your gifts to RMHC!
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