Run for our charity team in team-supported races like the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K, Chicago Triathlon or compete in a special event. Tackle a half-marathon or take on your own personal challenge.
Whatever you choose, your hard work will make a tremendous difference in the lives of kids in hospitals.
Be a Hero for Kids! Run for Charity. Take on an athletic challenge.
Your hard work will help bring magic and smiles to thousands of kids and their families at their bedsides and help grow programs at ten hospitals in the Chicago area in 2016.The funds raised by the Charity Team will fund expansion to new hospital partners and allow for significant growth – which means we get to see more kids. The Charity Team is one of the main reasons we were able to reach over 9,400 kids one-on-one at their bedside in 2014. Your participation will have a huge impact.
Our runners and athletes come from all walks of life. From serious Crossfit athletes & marathoners to first time runners who want to run for charity, they all make the choice to be awesome.
When you join the team and run for charity, your efforts will help kids and their families at the following hospitals:
Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn
Advocate Children’s Hospital – Park Ridge
Alexian Brothers Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital
Lurie’s Children’s Hospital
Northwest Community Hospital
NorthShore Evanston Hospital
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Rush University Medical Center
University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital
Open Heart Magic has pioneered an innovative way to reach children who are being treated for serious illness through the surprise, excitement and wonder of magic performed at their hospital bedside.
Our personalized interactions help children feel special, more confident and empowered during a scary and stressful time. By inviting them to be a part of the interaction, we energize kids and help them find the strength they need to heal. Because our Bedside Magic performances are one-on-one, we’re able to work with kids of all ages, regardless of physical or developmental restrictions. Our performances benefit the parents and siblings of these patients who are experiencing stress as well.
Open Heart Magic has seen incredible growth since it’s inception in 2004. The community of rock star volunteer magicians has grown drastically. In 2012 there were 38 magicians. And beginning in 2016, there are 120 magicians changing the hospital experience across Chicago.
What kids go through and how Open Heart Magic helps
By joining the team, the funds you raise will ensure Hospital Magicians can continue reaching thousands of sick kids each year. These kids face tough situations while in the hospital and our Hospital Magicians are specially trained to help them during that critical time when they need magic most. The video will give you an inside look into what it’s like to be a sick kid in the hospital.