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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of Pittsburgh Foundation

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THE STORY:

I've always had a passion for helping young kids. Whether it was giving swimming lessons, baby sitting the neighborhood kids, or pursuing an education degree in college with hopes to become a teacher; kids have always brought a smile to my face. There is something promising and uplifting about the smile and excitement that a child brings to life.

The city of Pittsburgh has shaped me to be the person I am. I fall more in love this city each day -- the people, the bridges and skyline, the sports' fans, and rich history behind it; I love it all.  Combine these two words -- the children and the city of Pittsburgh -- the children of Pittsburgh, and they hold a very large part of my heart.  But this post, is not about me.

As I began preparing for my fifth marathon in Pittsburgh, I decided I wanted to run for a reason other than myself and give back to the city that has provided opportunity, growth, and a place for me to call "home" over the last 8 years.  The Pittsburgh Marathon is an emotional race for me. It's challenging with its hilly course, but also very rewarding if you can hold a steady pace, let the crowds of people carry you and finish strong. The bridges are by far one of the best parts of the race because of the amount of people who line them. But it's the people who make this race different than any other race; specifically the kids make the race one to remember. Their innocent smiles and eagerness to shed even a glimpse of hope during a time where runners want to simply quit, could warm anyone's heart.  But this post is not entirely about them either. 

This post is about the children who won't have the opportunity to see the race in May, get on the school bus tomorrow, or even play with their friends outside at the park. Unfortunately, not all children can smile like the children I mentioned before. This post is about the children who reside in The Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. These kids deserve to have the opportunity to live like normal children, but unfortunately, they may never have that opportunity because of an awful disease or an illness. I've committed to running 26.2 miles in pursuit of raising awareness and money for them. 

They are the future of our country and I feel an obligation to help them. The Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh aims to help kids and their families by providing care and support as they experience a very difficult time in their lives. I don't know how these people feel, I just know that it's nothing to smile about. I know that we can make a difference and I appreciate any help that you're willing to give to donate to this cause.

They say that every runner has a reason and today, I am running for the kids.

$850

MONEY RAISED
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  • Heather

    $20

  • Elizabeth Chandy

    $40

  • Jestin

    $50

  • Mom and Dad

    $100

  • Chelsea

    $25

  • Kelly Fragin

    $30

  • Uncle Bob and Aunt Rosanne

     

  • Melissa

    $20

  • Wolfe Family

    $100

  • Mark Fazio

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • John

    $50

  • Lauren Tomer

    $25

  • Matt Gallardo

    $10

  • Kelly F.

    $20

  • Katie Schneider

    $15

  • Uncle Al and Aunt Mary Ann

     

  • PWags

    $25

  • Lauren Simmons

    $30

  • Vanessa Mulcahey

     

  • Abby Geisel

    $15

  • Jennifer Frazier

    $25

  • Olivia Rile

    $25

  • Debora Cain

    $50

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131% Raised of $650 Goal

The Team: $86,295 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Arlen Janet

Amount Raised

$11,675

 

117% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Emily Basara

Amount Raised

$4,282

 

779% Raised of $550 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kaitlin Kelly

Amount Raised

$2,350

 

235% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Todd Levy

Amount Raised

$2,050

 

205% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Frederick Haas

Amount Raised

$1,835

 

92% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Abby Martin

Amount Raised

$1,625

 

406% Raised of $400 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Alysia Bires

Amount Raised

$1,503

 

100% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Glenn Ackermann

Amount Raised

$1,434

 

71% Raised of $2,017 Goal

Donor Comments

Debora Cain

Debora Cain

DONATION: $50

3 months ago

Olivia Rile

Olivia Rile

DONATION: $25

Tribute to Espen Stunda :) GREAT job, Caitie! 3 months ago

Jennifer Frazier

Jennifer Frazier

DONATION: $25

4 months ago

Abby Geisel

Abby Geisel

DONATION: $15

Way to go Caitie!! So proud of you!! 4 months ago

Vanessa Mulcahey

Vanessa Mulcahey

4 months ago

Lauren Simmons

Lauren Simmons

DONATION: $30

So proud of you â 4 months ago

PWags

PWags

DONATION: $25

4 months ago

Uncle Al and Aunt Mary Ann

Uncle Al and Aunt Mary Ann

4 months ago

Katie Schneider

Katie Schneider

DONATION: $15

4 months ago

Kelly F.

Kelly F.

DONATION: $20

Go, girl! 4 months ago