Hello everyone! My name is Mary Phillips, and I am running the Quad Cities Half Marathon for Hand in Hand! My brother and I have worked as direct caregivers for over a year, positions that give both of us a great amount of purpose, joy, and inspiration. This summer, I have also had the opportunity to work “behind the scenes” with administrative staff, giving me insight into the tireless work, organization, and planning that goes into making these programs a reality.
Hand in Hand is a place where you don’t have to be anything less than yourself. It is a place where laughter is abundant, friendships are made, creativity is fostered, and goals are achieved. These kids, young adults, and fellow staff members have my heart. You can bet that I will barely be making it to the finish line at 13.1 miles, but it supports an organization that makes a difference in this community on a daily basis. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity!