My Personal Fundraising Page
In it for the long run!
Fifteen years ago this fall, I ran the TC10 "Shortcut to the Capitol" in the Twin Cities Marathon with my sweetheart...who unbeknownst to me, ran with my engagement ring tied in his shorts. The year was 2005, I was a volunteer coodinator at Children's MN enrolled in pre-requisite courses for nursing school. Fast forward 15 years, the boy with the ring on the run is my husband and I'm a RN at Childrens's MN, dusting off my running shoes for the most amazing people on earth: kids!
When I started my journey at Children's MN in 1997 as a volunteer in the Reach Out and Read program, I never dreamed I was becoming part of an organiztion that would inspire a career evolution to nursing; that would put me on a path to meet and marry my husband; that would bring friends and colleagues into my world who feel like family; and that would provide caregiving opportunities for me to humbly insert in the lives of patients and families during some of their most delicate, vulnerable moments. Times like what we are facing are beyond what any of us imagined. I want to do my part in raising awareness and funds to keep some critical services running at a place that means the world to me, both personally and professionally.
I invite you to consider contributing to my goal of raising $1000 for the Child and Family Services fund at Children's MN. This fund touches every child and family who come to us for care. 100% of donations will support the following (from Children's MN website):
- Child Life specialists, music therapists and the pet therapy program help kids understand their medical procedures and physical therapy by providing fun, educational activities.
- Financial counselors, interpreters and social workers to help navigate the many questions families may have about their child’s care.
- Sibling play areas and the in-house TV channel, Star Studio, provide a creative outlet and a break from some of the stress that can come with a hospital stay.
- Welcome and family services staff who help connect patients and families to all the services and amenities that meet each family’s needs.
More, this fund provides support to our Storyland and healing gardens, to bereavement services, and to our Families as Partners, a vital force in leveraging the voice of the patient family in care delivery. And at the center of my heart and gratitude for Children's MN, this fund touches Volunteer Services, a program that brings hundreds of community members to our hospitals and clinics each year to touch the life of a patient or family in our care. My participation as a volunteer at Children's MN changed the trajectory of my career and life, and the hundreds of people I've met in my years at Children's who dedicate their time and talent to the patients and families we serve are my heroes!
I'll have until marathon weekend in October 2020 to meet my goal, and I hope you'll help me get a running start! Your support will touch my life and those lives we hold dear in our work at Children's MN. Thank you for considering a donation of any amount to make a lasting difference in the lives of patients, families, and dedicated employees and volunteers at Children's Minnesota.