Petaling for Donations to Worthy Cause
It has been 10 years since I ran the Chicago Marathon to support Ronald McDonald House Charities! I could hardly run a mile when I decided to register for that race in January 2010, but I was able increase my milage throughout the year knowing that my friends and family donated to RMHC to support my fundraising goal. I remember running in the rain a couple months after signing up for the marathon and thinking how stupid I was for telling everyone I was going to run a marathon... I was struggling to reach 8 miles! I certainly would not have reached my goal if I could quietly quit that stupid goal. We raised more than $1,500 for RMHC, and I ended up getting into the best shape of my life by 10 October 2010.
I maintained a respectable fitness level for most of the last decade, but 2019 took a toll on my physical health. Something had to give. I need some external motivation to get back on track. In 2010 I found that nothing motivates like the prospect of public humiliation.
At the moment, a 10 mile bike ride on mostly flat streets around my house is a challenge. A 111 mile ride over one of the Cascade passes and back 6 months from now seems insane. That's why I'm signing up!
I have a friend that works at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, and he told me about this event. I hope to raise at least $750 by August 25. 100% of the contributions to this event support patient care and family support at the hospital. Please consider supporting this worthy cause and "bet" that I'll increase my current distance by more than 1000%.
Kids served at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center:
- 45,000 emergency room visits
- 3,800 inpatient stays
- 90 children received chemotherapy and hundreds more received follow-up treatment
Donor-supported community program statistics:
- 494 families stayed at Tree House
- 415 victims of child abuse and neglect were served at the Child Abuse Intervention Department
- 2,683 kids with special needs received therapy at Children’s Therapy Unit
- 453 children received grief support through Bridges Center for Grieving Children
About Mary Bridge Children's Hospital
For more than 60 years, Mary Bridge has been a nonprofit hospital that has counted on support from the community to fulfill its mission of providing care to all children, regardless of a family's ability to pay. Learn more at supportmarybridge.org.
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