Of Course(r) I'll Support Advocate Health Care
I am training for the Chicago Marathon as a member of the Advocate Health Care charity running team. This is my way to try and make a difference in the healthcare community during this unprecedented time.
On Friday, March 20th, I got the notification that a California Marathon I was training for was officially cancelled due to COVID-19, like many other sporting events and races cancelled this spring. I was disappointed as I was training in an effort to qualify for the Boston Marathon, running at least 13 miles every Saturday the last 10 weeks. When I heard about the news that it was cancelled on Friday, I decided to wallow in my disappointment by eating an entire frozen pizza.
By Saturday, it was about time I turned lemons into lemonade. Rather than being frustrated, fearful, sad or anxious about the virus, economy and the most vulnerable people currently suffering, I figured I should re-frame my situation into a positive one.
This is a trying time where the healthcare industry needs our help. Healthcare professionals are on the front lines working tirelessly day after day to help care for patients and families during the Coronavirus pandemic.
I selected Advocate Health Care so I can raise funds directly for Condell Medical Center's Emergency Room, where my 23 year old sister works as an ER technician. Every time I talk to her, all I want to do is help. I hear stories about how Kristen and her friends work the night shift helping save hundreds of patients' lives. Due to COVID-19, hospitals across the country are working around the clock without the proper equipment to do their jobs, all while fearful they are going to bring the virus home to their families.
Condell also has a special place in my heart as my older sister Katie, Kristen and I all went to Condell for daycare as little tikes while both my mom and dad worked at Baxter Healthcare.
In an effort to help patients, their families, and healthcare providers, I would be grateful for your support in my efforts to fundraise for Advocate Health Care. Your donation of any amount will not only help me achieve my goal, but will help to ensure that families have access to world-class care close to their home.
~ Stay safe and healthy ~
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