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This is the 14th year of the CHaD half marathon and the 14th year that I will be participating! I am planning to run the 5K again this year...though finding time to train has not been easy. But I'll have company in the effort: Nora, Calvin, and I will be trekking through another 5K together! Nora completed her first CHaD race when she was just 5.5 weeks old, so this will be her ninth time riding, walking, or running along with me, and Cal did his first CHaD event in 2014 at just six weeks old, so he'll be participating for the sixth time this year.
This year we're running in honor of my mom. Now you may say, "Wait a minute...I know your mom, and she's no pediatric patient!!" And, what I say to that is, "Okay, okay...you're right"...buuuut, she has in the past few months been through what any sane person would call a grueling treatment for cancer in her jaw, and seeing her strength and ability to put one foot in front of the other day after day makes me (and the rest of our family) realize how quickly one's health can change and how important it is to have the correct type of care available when you need it. So in her honor, I'll be putting one foot in front of another to raise money for CHaD, which was there another time when our family needed health-care expertise.
Over the years, I have raised over $40,000 for CHaD, and most of my donations are of the small variety — showing that every little bit really does add up! I have to say I'm pretty darn proud of the amount I've raised! In the sea of big corporate donations, it might not be that big of a deal, but when you consider that all my donations come from family and friends, I think it's pretty awesome (and I think I've got some pretty awesome family and friends who donate year after year — without you that big number wouldn't be possible).
It has now been over 22 years since I had occasion to be admitted to CHaD for a rare and potentially debilitating neurological condition. I still feel so thankful for the care that I received there from doctors, nurses, phlebotomists, radiologists, and so many more specialists. Our generosity allows CHaD to care for the bodies of the children admitted there, but also to care for them as little kids, providing activities to distract them from the reason they are there, as well as providing support to their scared and stressed-out parents. I do hope you'll be able to help me support CHaD in the wonderful work that they do for the children of Northern New England. They provide care for any child who needs it, regardless of their family's ability to pay, and that is indeed something worth supporting. A donation of any amount helps them to do the work that is so appreciated by the patients and their families who have to spend time there.
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