Children’s Hospital 5K

5,500 runners of all ages came out to support Childrens Hospital

5,500 runners of all ages came out to support Childrens Hospital

 

Two kids dressed as Batman and Superman argue over who’s powers reign supreme in the realm of superheroes, but the real hero is their older sister (Wonder Woman), who wears her costume in defiance, sword and shield in hand as she proudly marches her pink metal walker towards the starting line. Like many other runners here today, Wonder Woman spent several months in Children’s Hospital receiving chemotherapy to help her in her battle with cancer. While the treatment takes a toll, the doctors, nurses, and staff members at Children’s hospital are with these kids every step of the way.

The “Race for Every Child” 5k event is held in Freedom Plaza, just two blocks away from the White House in our Nation’s capital. This year’s event attracted 5,500 runners and raised over $1.3 million in donations for Children’s Hospital. The power and the energy at events like this are truly inspiring. The 5 am wake up call, the cool crisp air, the comradery with strangers, and the overall positivity radiates through every person you see. All social norms seem to disappear and everyone is at ease. Men in tutu’s march to their daughter's command; brothers, sisters, strangers, and friends sing and laugh at the hilarity of their parents trying to bring joy to their children.

Children’s National Hospital is a not-for-profit institution in Washington, DC that tends to over 450,000 children every year. As one of the top-ranked medical institutions in the US, Children’s hospital not only tends to those in need but serves as an incredible research facility for hereditary and genomic disease, a range of pediatric conditions, oncological treatments and much more.

I, along with the rest of the Capital Dental team, was running for a girl named Destiny. Destiny suffers from Vitiligo, a skin condition creating a red rash which covered 90% of her body at birth. She has been a patient at Children’s Hospital receiving monthly treatments since birth, and we are happy to announce that her pigment discoloration has reduced to 30%. Capital Dental raised 5,000 in donations in Destiny’s honor.

From left to right : John Conaghan, John Corrigan, Willie Conaghan (Co-Founder of Change Donations)

From left to right : John Conaghan, John Corrigan, Willie Conaghan (Co-Founder of Change Donations)

The “Race for Every Child” is a powerful event, and many charities have followed suit, hosting a variety of different run/walk-a-thons, bike races, and even “tough mudder” obstacle courses as a way to help raise funds for their organization. They are open to all ages, and fun for everyone. They visually demonstrate the power of strength in numbers and help everyone have fun supporting the causes they care about.

 
Lizzy Hayashida