Many of you know that I've been cheering my mom on at marathons since I could walk, and now I'm lucky enough to be running along side her. Sadly, not every child gets to have that experience.
Shadowing in the hospital I see many patients in long-term care struggling with chronic illnesses. For parents with children in the hospital long-term, the toll isn't just emotional, often it can be financial. Never Give Up Ever is a Burlington-based nonprofit providing support to the families of children in long-term care at UVM Children’s Hospital. Never Give Up Ever recognizes the financial burden that families deal with when they have to take prolonged time off work to be by their child’s side. Never Give Up Ever helps families with everything from rent payments to grocery bills.
I know that every painful stretch, blister, or calf cramp is nothing compared to the grueling journey of taking care of a child in long-term care. We're all on journeys, and some are more difficult than others. I pledge to focus my 26.2 mile journey on easing the burden for families through Never Give Up Ever. I hope you pledge to support me!