What This Race Means To Me
August 03, 2016
BENEFITING: Children's Hospital
EVENT: 2016 Jazz Half Marathon & 5K
EVENT DATE: Oct 29, 2016
Lauren Hyatt wrote -
Recently, in an effort to start working on our own personal health, Brittany and I were introduced to the Jazz Half Marathon. This race is held annually to benefit the Cancer Program at Children’s Hospital (CHNOLA). So, we figured if we’re going to get back in shape, why not try and help a great cause while we’re at it.
For those of you who know us, you know that we both work in fields that allow us to help kids. While I work as a Probation & Parole Officer for the Office of Juvenile Justice, Brittany specifically works in the medical field at both at Ochsner and Children’s Hospital in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Emergency Department respectively.
Through her time there I’m learning how hard of an environment it is just by her stories. The whole experience (for the patient, parent, medical staff) seems like one not made for the faint of heart. I’m not sure if there’s many things more difficult than a child battling with cancer, and it brings to mind the phrase “not all heroes wear capes.”
The children who are receiving treatment at CHNOLA and the team that surrounds them are superheroes in their own right. They don’t wear tights and capes, and they don’t carry around strong shields or magical swords. These small heroes wear IVs, hospital gowns and bracelets. They are resilient faces of strength during a time of weakness. Their strong shield is the family that supports them and the medical staff who work tirelessly to help them.
Mothers and fathers become heroes who show super-human strength spending long nights at the hospital, balancing outside life vs. hospital life, and being a positive voice in a time of uncertainty. Medical staff come through the doors of that hospital every day to fight for their patients and do everything in their power to make sure that they’re safe and taken care of.
Through this fundraiser you can play a part in joining these heroes and supporting such a wonderful program. No donation is ever too small. So, while not all heroes wear capes, Brittany and I will throw on our best superhero costumes on October 29th and run the 13.1 miles through the streets of New Orleans for this great cause.
For more information on CHNOLA's Cancer Program, please visit: http://www.chnola.org/CancerProgram