Danny Prestage via Crowdrise
November 10, 2010
NYCM 2010 is in the books. The trip was great, and the race was lots of fun. Time - 4:24:01. A little slower than planned, but still proud. See more
I am running the New York City Marathon in November. After receiving several e-mails talking about how much money was raised for charity through the marathon, I thought it may be worth trying to raise a little money for a worthwhile cause myself (which I've never really done before). I attended a 5k in Memphis last month to raise money for the Forrest Spence Fund, and thought this could be an opportunity to continue helping. It isn't one of the largest charities out there, but it is very personal to me. Jessi (my wife) and I want to encourage all of our friends and family (and their friends and family) to help us support the Forrest Spence Fund. Our first encounter with the Fund came a few days after the birth of our daughter, Bailey. A couple days after she was born, it was determined that she needed emergency surgery. We were immediately transported to Le Bonheur Childrens' Hospital in Memphis, TN. Luckily for us, Bailey's surgery went perfectly and she was only in the NICU at Le Bonheur for three weeks. During this stay, Jessi and I were stretched pretty thin always having someone with Bailey while also taking care of our then two year old, Bryce, at home almost 2 hours away. I first met the Forrest Spence Fund through a gift basket. When I was standing in the NICU one day (while having not slept for several days, and not having been home for just as long) a basket was delivered to us which contained the two greatest things I had ever seen -- A pair of clean socks and a roll of quarters for the vending machine. That is what the Forrest Spence Fund does. It helps with the non-medical needs of children and their families who are experiencing major medical issues. While in Le Bonheur, we met and spoke with Brittany Spence and learned about the origination of the fund and the Spences' incredible story (I encourage you to look them up - www.forrestspencefund.com). The Fund is currently raising money to build a sibling room at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, TN for families to use. Jessi and I know personally what a challenge it is to be away from home and family during an extended hospital stay, and we would love to be a part of helping build a sibling room at Le Bonheur so other families with multiple children can have the opportunity to spend time together as a family (an option that would have been priceless during our own personal adventure). This is truly a situation where every $ matters. Please give. It will help somone.