by Sharon Kessler, Event Director, Race for Every Child
Mark your calendar for October 5, and Race for Every Child! Why?
In 1870, children in the Washington, DC area were shouldering the unfair burden of the Civil War, fighting poverty, hunger, and a severe lack of social services. A group of physicians who were determined to meet the needs of sick children living in poverty opened a hospital for children in a humble row house in Washington. It was furnished through the work and donations of 20 dedicated women who pledged their support to the children’s hospital and created the Board of Lady Visitors.
From the first hospital admittance in 1871 to today, Children’s National Medical Center has met the medical needs of children in our community and has championed the needs of children everywhere. Every child has a compelling story. A baby born with a hole in her heart. A teenager bouncing back from bone cancer. A child who needed a kidney transplant to survive.. The stories are very real and, too often, hit close to home.
But these stories also inspire hope and healing. Children’s National serves more than 270,000 children a year, regardless of their families’ ability to pay. While staying true to its original mission to serve the children of Washington, D.C., it has expanded to become a destination hospital for families around the country and the world. In addition to the children who are treated there, Children’s National improves the lives of so many other children through groundbreaking research, advocacy, and community partnerships.
To help bring more awareness to children’s health needs and its breadth of services, Children’s National will kick off its inaugural Race for Every Child this fall. NCWO and its members are invited to lace up and get their cardio on to show their support for children and families and to ensure that all children can have a chance at a healthy future. If you can’t participate in person, you can sign up to participate “virtually.” The Race for Every Child will help fund specialized medical care, research into childhood diseases, and important wellness and preventive services to keep all children healthy.
The event, which also includes a Kids’ Dash, will be held on America’s Main Street, Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. (Pennsylvania Avenue and 13th Street, N.W.), on October 5, from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm with appearances by Hill influentials, “Pretty Little Liars” celebrity Ian Harding, Super Heroes of Southern Maryland, and Zumba with FitKids. Awards will be given out by age category.
This October, the spotlight will be on children, every child. So get in the race to save and improve lives.
This summer, get a jump on registration, sign up at www.RaceForEveryChild.org before September at a reduced fee, and do what women do best – mobilize your members, build a movement for a worthy cause, register and run as an individual, a team/virtual team, a family who counts its blessings or volunteer.
And just as important, please spread the word through your blogs, Facebook posts (and see https://www.facebook.com/childrens.national/events), Twitter (#race4everychild to benefit @childrenshealth).
Then get out and get training this summer. See you at the finish line!