EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013
I am so excited to be running the New York CIty Marathon in memory of Jonah Coal Varney and to help raise funds for Angelwish to benefit chronically ill children!
Last October when I ran the Chicago Marathon, it was the most amazing experience of my life! It is an amazing feeling doing something that in your wildest dreams you never imagined that you would be capable of! I mean, it is the ULTIMATE test of mental and physical strength! This experience lit a FIRE in me to run another marathon, and I thought it would be much more meaningful to run the marathon for charity this time around. I also thought why not run the biggest marathon in the USA, The New York City Marathon. I have dreamed of running this marathon even before I was a runner! And, with the help of my cousin, uncle, and aunt that dream is going to come to fruition.
When I initially ran the idea of running the NYC marathon by my cousin, Chad, I discovered that he was as ecstatic as I was about this whole idea! Chad said that he would like me to run the marathon to honor the memory of his son, Jonah Coal Varney, who passed away March 8th shortly after he was born. He and his wife, Heather, told me that after looking through the available charities that Angelwish was their favorite for me to run for their little angel up in heaven. After contacting Angelwish, I was fortunate to receive the last slot on Team Angelwish. Please join Chad and I in honoring the memory of Jonah as we help raise money for this wonderful organization!
Angelwish is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for underserved children living with chronic illnesses. Founded in 1999 as a unique solution to meet the needs of thousands of HIV/AIDS infected and affected children, Angelwish expanded it's mission in 2010 to include children living with chronic illnesses. Children with chronic illnesses (including HIV/AIDS, diabetes, asthma, sickle cell disease, epilepsy, autoimmune disorders, and kidney disease, among others) are all too often robbed of the joy their childhoods should contain as their conditions often require frequent medical treatment and/or hospitalization. Angelwish works to counteract this by providing holiday and birthday gifts and other forms of psychosocial support. When possible, we look to create the most value from every donation by including an educational aspect to teach schoolchildren about philanthropy and giving back.
Visit angelwish.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or to get involved!