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6/15/16. Nine Weeks until Race Day.
As many of you know, I'm currently training to participate in my 10th triathlon (1st at the Half Ironman distance) in Benton Harbor, Michigan on August 14th!!
In doing so, I will be competing as a member of The Open Heart Magic (OHM) Charity team. If OHM's mission is one that you support, please consider making a donation to support my participation.
- OHM is a Chicago-based nonprofit that 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. It's not quite like any other nonprofit out there... I mean, magic?!
- OHM trains folks to become volunteer Hospital Magicians at the hospital bedside (where other organizations can't go!) for vulnerable children, regardless of illness or ailment. The Hospital Magicians not only provide entertaining therapy, but also teach each child a trick, empowering them and giving back some of the autonomy they've lost in the hospital.
- OHM is currently in ten Chicago hospitals and has 120 volunteer Hospital Magicians that created over 9,400 one-on-one Bedside Magic performances in 2015.
- Looking for more numbers? 23.5 = The average time in minutes that volunteers spend one-on-one with each patient and their family. 1,168 = kids visited in restricted isolation rooms—kids that, due to ultra-strict infection control, no other programs are seeing.
I have decided to raise $2,800 in donations. But I need your help. I hope you will consider making a fully tax deductible donation to help me meet my goal. As a volunteer organization, funds raised will help to provide more magic to hospitalized kids. You can help make patients feel like regular kids again.
I hope that you will help me reach my goal by supporting my fundraising efforts. On race day, we will be returning the favor by covering 70.3 miles, including swimming 1.2 miles, biking 56 miles, and running 13.1 miles. Thanks in advance for your generosity. You're making a real difference for kids, right when they need it the most!
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