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On October 11th, I will be representing Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) at the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon! My goal is to raise $1,100! As a member of Team RMHC, I will be training, fundraising and ultimately running 26.2 miles to help keep families together.
The Ronald McDonald House holds a special place in my family's heart, but especially my parents. When I was born back in 2000, I stopped breathing after my mom gave birth. I was placed in the NICU for a week before they were able to take me home. My breathing seemed unusual for the next few months, so my parents decided to take me to the doctor. After several tests and appointments, they were connected with an ENT specialist at the University of Chicago. Before the end of my first appointment, he knew exactly what the issue was. My trachea was 1/3 of the size that it needed to be in order for me to breath properly. At 6 months old, they set up surgery for a cricoid split. After surgery, I was placed in a drug induced coma for 10 days. At the time, my parents qualified to stay at the Ronald McDonald House which that was right next door to the hospital. They've always said how the meals and hospitality at the Ronald McDonald house was their saving grace throughout my stay at the hospital. Being able to stay nearby and not have to worry about anything other than my recovery, relieved an immense amount of stress for them. Fast forward to now, I've always looked for a way to give back to the place that helped my family when they needed it most.
Alongside me in the picture is our family friend, Abigail. She was diagnosed with an Ependymoma brain tumor at just 11 months old. After her initial tumor resection, she was hospitalized for 29 days. Her parents, Philip and Blaine, wanted stay by her side as much as they could but after 2 days, the nurses strongly encouraged them to stay at the Ronald McDonald house. They were approved and able to take some time to rest up. For Philip and Blaine, they were never able to make it back for the allotted dinner time, but being able to later reheat the leftovers from dinner that day was one of their favorite parts of their stay. They also loved how well the staff treated their son Noah everytime he tagged along. He was always able to choose a prize from the prize room and that was something positive he could always look forward to. The peace of mind that the Ronald McDonald House provided them in such a difficult time, is something they're forever grateful for. The Ronald McDonald House has touched the lives of many, including the family of someone who is near and dear to my heart!
I thought there's no better way to give back than to fundraise and run for current families who are enduring the same hardships. 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!