BENEFITING: UPS FOR DOWNS NFP
EVENT: UPS for Downs Rocks Chicago
EVENT DATE: Jul 17, 2016
Shannon Denna wrote -
Our daughter Riley has been an amazing source of inspiration for me. Almost every thing she does is harder for her than for a typical kid. Riley's trademark quality is her smile and her ability to uplift others. She is always laughing, clowning around, and brightening the day of others. To help her achieve her fullest potential she attends full day Kindergarten and 3 hours of private therapy weekly to improve the quality of her speech, physical strength and endurance, and fine motor skills.
I chose this event in honor of Riley because it is hard for me. Very hard. I have never been a runner and when I ran the half marathon two years ago it was the single most hardest thing I have ever done. It pushed me mentally and physically and was a very symbolic achievement. I remember tears streaming down my face at several times during the race when I kept pulling on inspiration from her to keep running. Those moments will always be with me and motivate me to keep on running.
UPS for DownS has provided our family with an immeasurable amount of support, both educational and emotional, and that is why I have chosen to run for and raise money for this exceptional organization. Please consider making a tax-deductable donation. All funds raised go directly into our group to provide free educational monthly speakers, family events, and programming for children, teens and young adults with Down syndrome. These funds support families and individuals with Down syndrome as they reach goals never thought possible by many.
Changing attitudes really can change lives!
For those of you who are runners, or want to be, join our team as we ROCK the streets of Chicago for the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon and 10K on Sunday, July 17th. I can guarantee this event will motivate you, inspire you, and change you for the better :)