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Youth Homes Run 4 Kids Team - Missoula Marathon 2013

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BENEFITING: Youth Homes

ORGANIZER: Youth Homes

EVENT: Missoula Marathon 2013

EVENT DATE: Jul 14, 2013

Kirsten & Janna

THE STORY:

We've run before.  Quite a bit, in fact.   We've both done lots of 5ks, 10ks, a few Halfs and even a marathon together.  Between the two of us we've probably worn out two dozen pairs of running shoes (some that we were happy to retire).  Back then, running was fun; we both kind of loved it.

But we both have been on a bit of a running hiatus for the last few years (well, unless you count Kirsten's PR at the Missoula Half two years ago!).   Blame it on kids.  Blame it on over-active husbands.  Blame it on Oula.  Whatever the reason, we decided to get back on the horse (in the shoe?) this year and run the Missoula Half Marathon.   So we signed up for a training class and started running in prepration for the race on July 14th.  For several weeks we've been attending class, doing our training runs, catching up and breaking in shoes.  But there's one small problem.  A problem we revealed to each other a few weeks in:  we weren't having fun.  We weren't feeling motivated.  We were simply just going through the motions.

That's where Run 4 Kids comes in for us.

By joining the Run 4 Kids team, we are adding a fundraising effort to our running goals.  Between the two of us, our goal is to raise $750.  This money will go towards Missoula Youth Homes who will help local kids experience things many of us take for granted.   New shoes, swimming, music and art lessons, tickets to plays, birthday parties, trips to Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks.  Last year the teams  collectively raised nearly $80,000 towards these efforts.  This year there are over 80 teams already signed up.

Perhaps this is just the motivation we need.  To remember that not every kid comes from a loving home.  Not every kid gets to experience adventures or the beauty of Montana.  Heck, some kids don't even get the basic necessities.

By signing up for this team, we hope to keep running, continue to gain motivation and inspire some of you to donate towards our cause.  So if you feel compelled to donate because you love kids, or running, or just have a pile of money sitting around, please do so!

We appreciate your generosity and willingness to help us reach our goal!

JUST. KEEP. RUNNING.

Youth Homes, Inc. wrote -

Youth Homes is a Montana non-profit organization dedicated to caring for children and youth and their families who are in need and/or crisis.

Our kids are as young as three and as old as 18. They have experienced domestic violence. Their dads are not in their lives. They are abused. They are neglected. They have been exploited. They are homeless. They are unsafe at home. They have fled. They have been involved with child protection. They have broken laws. They are on probation. They have acted out. They have run. They have emotional challenges. They are sad. They have attempted suicides. They are angry. They lie. They are honest about their pain. They are running from it. They do not belong. But they all have hope.

We provide a refuge for kids that have no where else to go. We first stop the harm and help them feel safe. Then we give them a dependable routine with competent caretakers and build healthy relationships. We show compassion by staying by their side throughout their pain. We help them find, rely on and trust family. We concentrate on reconnecting each child to the greater community. Finally, we believe it is important to give them the foundation of a strong connection to us and confidence to find happiness in their future. To do this work well we must keep our word.

We have served children since 1971!

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To This Fundraiser

$1,030

MONEY RAISED
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  • Jeanne Jensen

     

  • Erin Bills

     

  • Terri Brown

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Erin Turner

     

  • Janna Tangedahl

     

  • Kirsten Cooper

     

  • Lee & Mary Jane Tangedahl

     

  • David and Judi

     

  • Tim & Penny

     

  • David and LouAnn

     

  • Bruce Jensen

     

  • the Bradley Family

     

  • Dennis Lind

     

  • Datsopoulos, MacDonald & Lind

     

  • Joanne Petelin

     

  • Angie Mlynarek

     

  • Stacey & Todd miller

     

  • Taryn Sikorski

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Amy & Lindan

     

  • Ashley

     

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137% Raised of $750 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $63,674 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
Fundraiser Title

Patti Prato

Amount Raised

$16,020

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Rhonda Decker

Amount Raised

$4,400

 

98% Raised of $4,500 Goal

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Lynda Frost

Amount Raised

$2,355

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Ruschel and Mason Hilmo

Amount Raised

$2,156

 

108% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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Shannon Flanagan

Amount Raised

$1,815

 

182% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Thurston & Suzanne Elfstrom

Amount Raised

$1,630

 

109% Raised of $1,500 Goal

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Kate Brooke

Amount Raised

$1,591

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Jennifer Blood

Amount Raised

$1,525

 

305% Raised of $500 Goal

Donor Comments

Ashley

Ashley

You girls rule! 5 years ago

Amy & Lindan

Amy & Lindan

5 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

5 years ago

Taryn Sikorski

Taryn Sikorski

5 years ago

Stacey & Todd miller

Stacey & Todd miller

5 years ago

Angie Mlynarek

Angie Mlynarek

Great work, Janna & Kirsten! You're awesome! 5 years ago

Joanne Petelin

Joanne Petelin

5 years ago

Dennis Lind

Dennis Lind

5 years ago

Datsopoulos, MacDonald & Lind

Datsopoulos, MacDonald & Lind

5 years ago

the Bradley Family

the Bradley Family

Thanks for doing this Kirsten and Janna! :) 5 years ago