I ran my first(and only, so far) marathon in 2011 when I had just turned 17. A lot has changed since then, I'm older, I have a college degree, and sometimes my bones hurt. I figure now's the time for me to do it again, but this time it's not just to prove that I can do it. Every child deserves a chance to be a kid, and the Childrens Inn at NIH helps provide families with the experiences that make up childhood even when things are tough. This fall I'll run my second marathon not just for myself but for the people who make the world a little brighter.
Each dollar raised from Team #RunINN4Kids fuels access to the research that makes childhood possible for the more than 13,000 kids, traveling from all 50 states and 94 different countries, who have stayed at The Inn. The Inn provides not only free lodging, but also meals, more than 1,300 hours of educational, recreational and therapeutic programming each year—things like homework help, field trips to the monuments in DC and even summer camp for children that could never otherwise attend—all while enabling families to develop friendships and learn from others who know what it’s like to seek the promise of hope or a cure for a seriously ill child. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website at www.childrensinn.org.