If you’ve checked out my “Run” page lately, you might have noticed a new addition to my list of races for this year. I’m excited to share that I will be running the Chicago Marathon this year! AND, I’ll be running for a charity for the first time ever.
I have run so many races over the year — six marathons, seven half marathons and many more shorter distances. While I’ve run charity races before, I have never really focused on fundraising for a particular race. As I began thinking about my 2016 race goals late last year, I kept going back to the idea of running for charity. I wanted my next marathon to mean something a bit more than just personal gratification. So, I started researching a number of different charities. I knew I wanted to run Chicago and so I checked out the official charity partners for the race. There are a lot of charity partners and a lot of great organizations to choose from. I considered a number of different charities and eventually was deciding between Girls on the Run and Ronald McDonald House Charities. I went with RMHC because I have friends who have stayed at a Ronald McDonald House with their kids and had such a positive experience. That really made my decision easier. Also, I chatted some with Alaina at The Simple Peach, who had run for RMHC before and she gave me great insight.
So what does RMHC do? In short, RMHC provide a home away from home for families who are traveling for their child’s medical care. They provide a safe place for families to stay together during medical care, which allows families to travel to wherever they can receive the best care for their child without worrying about a costly hotel stay. The RMHC policy is to never turn a family away – families either stay at no cost or are asked to make a $25 donation – however, they are never turned away due to ability to pay. Think about if you had to travel to get your child treatment for an illness – how nice would it be to be able to house your family together in an upbeat environment with other families going through the same experience? I think that what RMHC does is amazing and I’m so honored to support this organization. You can learn more about the DC RMHC here.
I have committed to raising 1000 for RMHC, but I’m really hopeful that I can raise much more. I’m going to plan a fund raising event in DC over the summer, but in the interim I would be honored by your support. If you feel so inclined, you can support the Ronald McDonald House Charities by using this link. Thank you!