Justine Runs a Marathon (Again)
This is a story of a year in my life when my dad was given another life to celebrate. I ask that you read my story and kindly consider supporting my efforts.
17 years ago, my dad received a lifesaving liver transplant. On October 25, 2002, the call came in we had been anxiously awaiting and within an hour he was at the University of Michigan Transplant Center (Go Blue!). His "new" liver had been air lifted via the "Survival Flight" to UofM and after hours of surgery, a successful transplant was completed. We were blessed that he was able to return home.
Days later, many complications forced my dad back to UofM. After several surgeries and a paralyzing stroke, this resulted in a four month stay. My family lived close enough so we were able to commute -- some families are not so fortunate to have that option. At 12 years old, I became a regular on the 5th floor of the surgical intensive care unit watching my hero battle his way to recovery - physically, mentally, and emotionally. We would watch cartoons and read together, spend weekends and holidays there. Time with a loved one is something you will always remember.
That is why I'm running for Team RMHC (Ronald McDonald House Charities) -- so that families can spend time together while their seriously ill or injured child is receiving the best possible care. Whether it is 100 or 1,000 miles from home, RMHC allows families the comfort and support of a home away from home. In 2018, RMHC provided more than 2.5 million overnight stays which saved families over $930 million.
On October 13, I will take to the streets and lake shore of Chicago to run the 2019 Bank of America Marathon for Team RMHC alongside 70 other Spencer Stuart colleagues from around the world.
Will you help me achieve my goal of raising $1250 for RMHC? $25 can provide dinner for a family and $80 can give a family a room for a night. Any donation is greatly appreciated -- let's do this together!!
$2,500 Worth of Love Raised!
Let's raise even more love #forRMHCI!
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