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2017 CHICAGO MARATHON

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More than $3,500 raised with just over a month to go!
September 04, 2017

Hey Guys, So I dedicated my 35th birthday on Sunday towards getting the word out about Open Heart Magic. It paid off. Big time. Over the past  See more
Matt Lindner

THE STORY:

I'm running the 2017 Chicago Marathon so that Open Heart Magic can help more kids in hospitals can learn how to do magic tricks and thus bring some joy to their lives at a time when it is so desperately needed. 

Running a marathon is something that has been on my bucket list for about as long as I can remember. It has always been one of those things where I say I'm going to do it but then I get distracted by something else or decide that running is hard and I could just eat pizza instead.

No more. My buddy Colin posted a Facebook status from his honeymoon about how OHM's team needed more runners to raise more money. Suddenly, I had a reason to run the marathon and a deadline to get my training done by.

Perfect.

The race isn't until October, but I started training for it on New Year's Day, because if I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it all out. So please join me in my support of a wonderful organization that brings a joy to a lot of kids who could really use some. This isn't about me, this is about those kids and what we can do to help improve their lives.

Be a Hero for Kids! Run for Charity. Take on the Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Your hard work will help bring magic and smiles to thousands of kids and their families at their bedsides and help grow programs at ten hospitals in the Chicago area in 2017. The funds raised by the Charity Team will fund expansion to new hospital partners and allow for significant growth – which means we get to see more kids. The Charity Team is one of the main reasons we were able to reach over 9,400 kids one-on-one at their bedside in 2015. Your participation will have a huge impact.

Our runners and athletes come from all walks of life. From serious Crossfit athletes & marathoners to first time runners who want to run for charity, they all make the choice to be awesome.

When you join the team and run for charity, your efforts will help kids and their families at the following hospitals:

  • Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn
  • Advocate Children’s Hospital – Park Ridge
  • Alexian Brothers Women’s and Children’s Hospital
  • Central DuPage Hospital
  • Lurie’s Children’s Hospital
  • Northwest Community Hospital
  • NorthShore Evanston Hospital
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital

About OHM

Open Heart Magic has pioneered an innovative way to reach children who are being treated for serious illness through the surprise, excitement and wonder of magic performed at their hospital bedside.

Our personalized interactions help children feel special, more confident and empowered during a scary and stressful time. By inviting them to be a part of the interaction, we energize kids and help them find the strength they need to heal. Because our Bedside Magic performances are one-on-one, we’re able to work with kids of all ages, regardless of physical or developmental restrictions. Our performances benefit the parents and siblings of these patients who are experiencing stress as well.

Open Heart Magic has seen incredible growth since it’s inception in 2004. The community of rock star volunteer magicians has grown drastically. In 2012 there were 38 magicians. And beginning in 2016, there are 120 magicians changing the hospital experience across Chicago. 

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To This Fundraiser

$5,736

MONEY RAISED
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  • Lisa Beachy

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Cathy Church

    $100

  • Robin

     

  • Liz Hopman

     

  • Cyndi DiVito

    $25

  • Barb Carroll

     

  • Anne Bradley

    $25

  • The Buckland Family

    $50

  • Melissa Williams

    $25

  • Stephen, Jessi, & Reese

    $25

  • Joe Tita

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Teester

    $50

  • Amy Bergseth

    $25

  • Elizabeth Benson

    $15

  • Anonymous

    $75

  • Allison Enright

    $50

  • Paul Altieri

    $200

  • Lori DiGioia

    $50

  • Michelle Dutrieux Russis

    $20

  • John Forberger

    $25

  • Brian Bourke

    $25

  • Jessica Six

    $20

  • Heather Pope

    $25

  • Cally Eckles

    $100

  • Scott Martin

    $50

  • Traci Gregorski

    $50

  • Kathryn Swartz

    $25

  • Matt Foster

    $25

  • Sarah and Steve Packer

     

  • Dave Cappelli

    $20

  • Michael Duning

     

  • Alecia Mandal

    $110

  • John Jaramillo

     

  • Anonymous

    $40

  • Elyna

    $50

  • Nicole Johansen

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $60

  • TK

    $20

  • Susan Fore

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Ryan Young

    $15

  • Mark Lindner

    $250

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Crysta

    $25

  • Laura Davis

     

  • Brad Koch

    $10

  • Mary O'Malley

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Don Vanpool

    $50

  • Eileen Sandalow

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Kaelan

    $25

  • Jim And Mary Boyce

    $50

  • A pal

    $13

  • Danielle and AJ Cemprola

     

  • Katie & Jeff

    $100

  • Bryana

     

  • Emilee Lindner

    $15

  • Anne Bradley

    $25

  • Amanda Hammett

    $25

  • Ashvin Lad

    $50.27

  • Andrea Meyer

    $50

  • Logan Cummins

    $100

  • April Berthene

    $25

  • Dawn Schafer

    $50

  • John Marx

     

  • Tiffany Brown

     

  • Liz (Fields) Mason

     

  • Shawn Sullivan

    $25

  • Cassie

    $25

  • Casey Baldin

     

  • stefany zaroban

    $25

  • Zak Stambor

    $50

  • Mike & Elizabeth

    $200

  • Kristy Eriksen

    $100

  • Sarah

    $50

  • Jill Bastian

    $25

  • Mary O'Malley

    $26.20

  • Justin Brown

    $50

  • Lauren Jiggetts

     

  • Ben, Laurel, Carter & Scout Hutchison

    $33

  • Sickler

    $100

  • Ellen McElligott

    $10

  • Mary Behler

    $25

  • Meg Omecene

     

  • John Jackson

    $25

  • Tom Fitzgerald

     

  • Brian Burian

     

  • Jessica Geraci

    $25

  • Tee

    $25

  • Thomas Laurent

    $25

  • Tom Duggan

    $50

  • Marc, Allie, Mason, & Braxton Silverman

     

  • Bill Jacobs

    $100

  • Nisei Lounge LTD

    $322

  • Misscurly 12

    $15

  • Anonymous

     

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115% Raised of $5,000 Goal

The Team: $132,932 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Sue Walton

Amount Raised

$10,000

 

100% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Corby Marx

Amount Raised

$5,749

 

329% Raised of $1,750 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Matt Lindner

Amount Raised

$5,736

 

115% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Colin Joliat

Amount Raised

$4,696

 

47% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jackson Brandstetter

Amount Raised

$4,215

 

241% Raised of $1,750 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jenn Woodward

Amount Raised

$3,675

 

210% Raised of $1,750 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Mallory Larson

Amount Raised

$3,501

 

117% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Melissa Binder

Amount Raised

$2,874

 

96% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

1 year ago

Misscurly 12

Misscurly 12

DONATION: $15

1 year ago

Nisei Lounge LTD

Nisei Lounge LTD

DONATION: $322

1 year ago

Bill Jacobs

Bill Jacobs

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Marc, Allie, Mason, & Braxton Silverman

Marc, Allie, Mason, & Braxton Silverman

1 year ago

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

DONATION: $50

Great cause 1 year ago

Thomas Laurent

Thomas Laurent

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Tee

Tee

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Jessica Geraci

Jessica Geraci

DONATION: $25

Awesome job Matt! Great cause! Run like the wind! 1 year ago

Brian Burian

Brian Burian

Way to lay out a goal and achieve it. Very inspiring! One foot in front of the other. Good luck! 1 year ago