BENEFITING: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation
ORGANIZER: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation
EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2017
EVENT DATE: May 07, 2017
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.