On October 13th, we will be representing Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) at the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon!
We are running in the memory of our Team Captain’s son, Liam. Lynda Radman started Liam’s Ladies and Gents in 2017 but has 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 months, Lynda and her daughter Samantha (then 4) lived at the Ronald McDonald House on the hospital campus. She 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 similar situations. Unfortunately, Liam lost his battle in 2008 at the age of 3. Lynda always wanted to give back to the charity which provided so much for her family but she didn’t know how. At that time, it was emotionally difficult for her to volunteer in a House. When Lynda started running to aid with her healing she decided to run with RMHC. She found a way to give back!
In 2017, Liam's Ladies and Gents only had 4 members but raised over $5,000 for RMHC!!! In 2018, we had 21 members and raised over $32,000!!! We are looking to raise even more in 2019! In the past 2 years, this team has raised enough money to pay for over 460 overnight stays at a Ronald McDonald House!
As a members of Team RMHC, we will be training, fundraising and ultimately running 26.2 miles to help keep families together.
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 us achieve our goal, but will help children and families stay together when they need it most!