solflores's profile image - click for profile

Sol Flores' Fundraiser:

La Casa Norte 2015 Chicago Marathon

Sol's Photo

BENEFITING: La Casa Norte

ORGANIZER: La Casa Norte

EVENT: 2015 Chicago Marathon

Sol Flores

THE STORY:

Earlier this year, after delaying and deliberating, I finally underwent surgery for a chronic condition on my foot.  The recovery process required me to have my foot elevated above my heart for two weeks and then wear a special shoe for another six.  During this time, I could not feed, bathe, or even get to bed alone without help.  I had to count on my family 100% of the time to take care of me.  I remember feeling afraid when left alone, feeling so helpless.  I can’t remember the last time I felt this way, perhaps when I was a young child? I realize how much the loss of independence impacted me AND the humility required to ask for help and allow others to take care of me. I learned how much I had to slow down, be patient with the healing process, say no at times and appreciate the circle of friends, family and colleagues who contributed to me in their own special ways.  I felt empathy for others on a whole new level…I really got “take nothing for granted.”

In reflection, I thought of the homeless youth and families that La Casa Norte serves; about their loss of independence, about their shame and humility in asking for help; about when they questioned where their next meal would come from? About where they could bathe today or where they would sleep tonight? And if they felt safe?  I’m clear that our clients “take nothing for granted” – that many of them are unable to depend on a positive and healthy network of people to help them...YET all of them want to heal, want to be independent and positively contribute.  It is at this nexus that La Casa Norte is partnering with youth and families every single day to realize the life of their dreams, one filled with dignity and grace.

Today, I am walking fine, I continue to feel some pain, have swelling and at times limp slightly.  My body will never be the same, but my spirit is much grown from this experience.  On October 11th , I will participate in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, where over the course of 26.2 miles, I will reflect on the blessing it is to serve at a mission based organization; I will picture the faces and remember the storie of the families and youth we’ve served; I will channel their resiliency and strength to find a way, mile by mile to cross the finish line, while taking nothing for granted. 

I’m asking you to join me by making a donation to our marathon fundraising goal, by confirming that you too are taking nothing for granted including supporting the mission of ending homelessness in Chicago.

 

CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION:

https://www.crowdrise.com/lacasanorte2015chicagomarathon/fundraiser/solflores

 

In spirit and gratitude,

Sol

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$1,574

MONEY RAISED
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Geralyn Aguinaldo

    $50

  • Kenny Martin-Ocasio

    $50

  • Todd Connor

    $100

  • Matt Reilein

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Jenne Myers

     

  • Laura Gramling

    $50

  • Janey Rountree and Jon Natchez

     

  • The Catalano Family

    $100

  • Guacolda Reyes

    $25

  • Kulsum Ameji

    $10

  • Hugh Short

    $50

  • Jes Scheinpflug

    $15

  • meri brin

     

  • Sulema Medrano

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • sharon Hwang

    $100

  • Laura Duda

    $50

  • Michelle Morales

    $50

  • Moskal Family

    $100

  • John Pfeiffer

    $42

  •  
  •  
  •  

The Team: $28,384 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Joseph Della Monica

Amount Raised

$4,330

 

87% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Dennis Frantsve

Amount Raised

$2,660

 

133% Raised of$2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

James Baldwin

Amount Raised

$2,435

 

122% Raised of$2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

David Sinski

Amount Raised

$2,316

 

116% Raised of$2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sol Flores

Amount Raised

$1,574

Fundraiser Title

Anne Bowman

Amount Raised

$1,455

 

146% Raised of$1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Edna Easter-Wise

Amount Raised

$1,358

Fundraiser Title

Michael Hendricks

Amount Raised

$1,200

Donor Comments

None of the sponsors have left comments yet.