BENEFITING: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation
ORGANIZER: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation
EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2017
EVENT DATE: May 07, 2017
Four years ago, in the middle of training for my first half marathon, I found out that I, not only was unexpectedly pregnant, but pregnant with twins! Thankfully, I was approved to run and although it was an unbelievable challenge, I was able to say that I had successfully finished my first half marathon. A few months later, the babies surprised us by arriving just 6 days shy of being full term twins. Their incredible journey began in the NICU at Magee. I do not use the word "journey" lightly because after 3 long weeks, on the day James was supposed to be discharged, we were blindsided with awful news. James was being transferred to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh for a barium enema to test for Hirschprung's Disease. How could this be happening? We were suppsed to go home on this day and the four of us would be under the same roof for the very first time. Our family desperately needed to be together and this new possible diagnosis was not part of our plan. With out much time to process and comprehend all of this, we followed the ambulance to Children's Hospital. It was at this amazing facility that we were welcomed by top notch doctors, nurses and staff who mentally prepared us for James' potential intestine surgery and his future with a colostomy bag. I remember lunch one day, while my dad and I were eating in the cafeteria, looking around at all of the children who were eating with their visiting families, the children in wheelchairs hooked up to IV's and fighting battles that I couldn't even begin to imagine or comprehend. This image served as a constant reminder of how many other children and their families in our world are faced with unexpected challenges every single day. It was heartbreaking.
As you can imagine, the next few days were excruciatingly long. Waiting for James's test results, I was using every ounce of self-control not to spiral down a mental black hole. I remember one morning during rounds, hyper-focusing my thoughts on how long this new journey and our stay would be. But at the same time, repeatedly reminding myself of how lucky and unbelievably fortunate we were to be in the care of one of the top hospitals in the country with its highly esteemed reputation. Finally, the moment came when we received the wonderful news that James's test results came back negative and that our stay at Children's Hospital would end in a few days.
Today, my children are happy, healthy and social 3 1/2 year olds with an intense appreciation for everything around them. When interacting with them, you would never guess how their journey began. Words cannot begin to express the gratitude and respect that we have as a family for Children's Hospital. So many other children enter their doors each year and are just as fortunate as we were. Now, we live each day with thankfulness and continue "our journey" by supporting the half marathon on behalf of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. I run because it is my mission and hope to instill the characteristics of those doctors, nurses and staff in my own children - dedication, hard work and helping others.
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation wrote -
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation is proud to be an official charity for the 2017 DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 7, 2017. Runners participating in the full, half, relay, 5K, kids marathon or pup walk can run for a reason by joining Team Children's and raising funds to help patients and families at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
To learn more about the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, please visit:givetochildrens.org and learn how YOUR support makes a difference each and every day to our patients and families.
For more information or questions regarding Team Children's, please contact Amy Rayman at 412-692-8954 or firstname.lastname@example.org