Running in Memory of Liam
On October 7th, I will be representing Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) at the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon! As a member of Team RMHC, I will be training, fundraising and ultimately running 26.2 miles to help keep families together.
We are running to raise funds for RMHC but we are also running in the memory of my son, Liam. I started Liam’s Ladies and Gents in 2017 but have been running the Chicago Marathon for Team RMHC for several years. In 2006, Liam was diagnosed with a tumor in his brain stem. Liam was hospitalized at the University of Chicago Comer’s Children’s Hospital for three months while undergoing a number of procedures which included neurosurgery. During these three month, my daughter Samantha (then 4) and I lived at the Ronald McDonald House on the hospital campus. I did not return home during those three months at all. The House provided food, transportation to the grocery store, a private bedroom and some peace away from the hospital. It also offered emotional support from the volunteers and from the other families going through a similar situation. Unfortunately, Liam lost his battle in 2008 at the age of 3. I always wanted to give back to the charity which provided so much for my family but I didn’t know how. At that time, it was emotionally difficult to evn volunteer in a House. When I started running to aid with my healing, I decided to run with RMHC. I found a way to give back! Since then, I have been able to volunteer numerous times at the House cooking meals and cookies for the holidays.
In 2016, I ran for RMHC solo and raised about $3,000. In 2017, Liam's Ladies and Gents only had 4 members but raised nearly $10,000 for the RMHC. In 2018, we had 21 members and raised over $32,000. In total, I have helped fund over 750 nights at a Ronald McDonald House! My team is looking to raise even more in 2019!
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!