Premier Jewelry Fundraiser
April 21, 2017
BENEFITING: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation
ORGANIZER: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation
EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2017
EVENT DATE: May 07, 2017
In the Spring of 2017, I will hit two major milestones: my 30th birthday and my 5th marathon. In honor of these celebrations, I am going to give back to a charity that means the world to me – Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Why Children’s? I have always loved children; the innocence, joy, and laughter they bring can melt any heart. There is just something about a little toddler’s smile that is incomparable. Children are a precious gift. Unfortunately, not all children have a lot to smile about. The world isn’t always fair; injuries, illnesses, and diseases can dampen a child’s spirit. Thankfully though, we have Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh to give those kids a fighting chance and to help return those precious smiles to their faces.
Over the years, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh was there for numerous members of my family. They healed my brother and cousins from potentially deadly accidents. Also, they have already treated my three year old nephew from another potentially deadly experience. I honestly believe that without Children’s Hospital, my family wouldn’t be complete like we are today. Through these experiences, I realized that I wanted to give back.
While I was studying for my undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh, I would spend time volunteering at Children’s. Every Monday in the early afternoon, I would play with children in the playroom. I would play Barbie’s with the little girls and attempt to play video games with the teenage boys (they would always win – and I wasn’t just letting them). A memory that has stuck with me was when a young mother asked me if I would stay in her child’s room while she went to go eat lunch. Not knowing what to expect, I grabbed a book, put on special garb, and walked in the room. Immediately, my heart sank. There, in a tiny crib with endlessly, intimidating tube and wires, was this delicate baby boy. My heart simply broke for the young mother and boy. He was sound asleep, but I decided to read him a book anyway. I don’t remember the book that I read that day but I will never forget how helpless that baby boy looked. I will always wonder what ever happened to the boy, but I know he was in the right care at Children’s. I will always wish I could have done more than just read to him.
That is why I am raising money. Volunteering at Children’s was a fantastic experience for me, but I still want to do more.
I want to run my 5th marathon to help make every child have a chance to be a kid. Every child should run around outside, play in the mud, and be healthy and happy. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh helps give those dreams to children and their families in the Pittsburgh region and throughout the world.
Please help me give those children a chance to be kids by donating to this worthy cause. Together we can help make those kids smile again.