BENEFITING: Ronald McDonald House New York
ORGANIZER: Ronald McDonald House New York
EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2015
Run for Ronald, Run for a Reason
Date: Sunday, November 1, 2015
I am inspired to run this marathon to help support the wonderful cause of the Ronald McDonald House. As some of you may know, my brother Chris was born with Spina Bifida. The Ronald McDonald House helped support him through challenges that he he faced during his childhood. Over the years he has achieved several impressive athletic feats from competing in weight lifting competitions, participating in wheelchair basketball leagues, tennis matches, shot put competitions, and most recently distance hand cycling. His many feats continue to inspire me to continue to push myself beyond my perceived boundaries.
A few words from Chris on his experience with the Ronald McDonald House:
Hi! My name is Chris Stanek. My brother is running the New York City Marathon for team Ronald McDonald House. I can’t express how thankful I am for this charity. I have a lot of wonderful memories from the Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee.
I was born with Spina Bifida thirty-one years ago. At only a couple of hours old I needed the first of many surgeries. At an early age I had to go to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for medical treatments. I endured daily treatments for monthlong periods four times a year. It was during this time that my family and I were introduced to the Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House was a safe haven that helped both me and my family cope with extended time away from our home.
The Ronald McDonald House had the best volunteers. Some kept me entertained by playing board games. We watched movies from the wide selection available. There were also video games and other fun activities to do at the house with others to keep us busy and interact with other residents.
The House also had great donors that gave tickets to fun places. We enjoyed time at the Milwaukee Zoo, Milwaukee Brewer games, the Biodomes, and the Science Museum thanks to these donors. It really felt like home even though home was over two hundred miles away.
I am very happy that my older brother is running in the New York City Marathon for Team Ronald McDonald. I’ve always looked up to my him! He played tennis in high school, so I worked hard to play tennis on my high school team from a wheelchair. (I was one of 38 at that time to play high school tennis.) When Rob was about thirty he started to enjoy running. When I was thirty (five years later) I started handcycling which has helped my health a whole lot! Good Luck in the New York City Marathon Team Ronald McDonald!
Through a partnership with the New York Road Runners’ Charity Partner Program, Ronald McDonald House New York has 25 slots in this year’s TCS New York City Marathon. Running the NYC marathon on behalf of the Ronald McDonald House is a small way to say thank you!