Birthday parties? Cancelled.
Holiday gatherings? Cancelled.
Pediatric illnesses? Never cancelled.
So much of our lives have been turned upside down in the last six months, but like death and taxes, pediatric diseases remain a constant. So Chai Lifeline has doubled down to provide support to the families that desperately need it.
Chai Lifeline is here, and so this year, HOPE is not cancelled.
Asking people for money right now seemed like it could be insensitive, but for a medically fragile child, coronavirus took whatever quality of life they had and tossed it out the window. That's where Chai LIfeline comes in and where you and I can help make a difference.
Four years ago, I stepped out of my comfort zone and talked about my struggles with body image and my desire to become a stronger person through accomplishing this lifelong goal of completing a marathon. I signed up to run with Chai Lifeline selfishly. I needed to know that through raising money to help sick kids, I wouldn't let them or myself down by not crossing that finish line. And I did it!
This will be my 4th season with Team Lifeline and my 6th (!!!) run with them.
Every year that I sign up with Team Lifeline, I gain a little more confidence. But those same worries are still there.
Will I be able to raise the money? Can I really run another 13.1 miles (it seems like a ridiculous amount of miles)? And this year feels heavier than most.
But if you've ever felt weak in your life, even for just a moment, Team Lifeline will show you what it means to be strong.
What started as a journey to complete a personal goal ended in the birth of a new understanding of what real strength is. It's those kids. Those parents. Those siblings.
The ones that dig deep EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. To carry on and endure.
That’s what Chai Lifeline does. They take families struggling with some of the most nightmarish things we can’t even fathom, and surround them with love. With support. With family not given to you at birth, but chosen for you by a thread of love and empathy.
And now, 4 years later, Team Lifeline has become a core part of who I am. I used to run for me. But now I run for them.
Asking people for money is hard. But it’s not harder than being sick, and it’s not harder than feeling isolated from everyone around you.
If you're able to donate to this wonderful organization that brings joy to so many, please consider it. Every amount is significant.
What you do is significant.
I thank you in advance for your kindness and support.