On Sunday November 4th, I will be running the NYRR Marathon for the very first time! A dream of mine for a long time and a great challenge I cannot wait to take on. You all know too well I’ve never been one to shy away from any challenge.
Now my challenge does not only consist of running 26.2 miles - this is the easy part, just leave it to me - it also resides in raising money and awareness for the Children of Bellevue (http://childrenofbellevue.org/), a wonderful non-profit organization I decided to support that is devoted to providing companionship, support, and smiles to the pediatric patients of New York City’s Bellevue Hospital, and this is where I need your genuine help. I truly want to believe you ALL care as much as I do in preserving children’s health and innocence as a vital necessity for our future and more so, humanity.
Not only their Child Life specialists at Children of Bellevue (CoB) help young patients and their families cope with the stress, pain, and fear associated with illness, medical treatment, and hospitalization. But they also play a vital role in educating providers, administrators, and the general public about how children and adolescents respond to these emotions.
The Bellevue Hospital Center goes even farther as it addresses the needs of approximately 300 physically and sexually abused children in the greater Metropolitan area every year. A tragic occurrence sadly too frequent and too close to home for many of us. The multidisciplinary child protection team seeks to minimize psychological trauma by providing evaluation and treatment that is age-appropriate, child-focused, and comprehensive.
And because education is key in a child’s development and future, the Children of Bellevue also created ‘Reach Out and Read’, an initiative that promotes early literacy and school readiness by giving books to children at regular checkups starting as early as 6 months of age along with advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. One of the greatest gifts we can give a child is a love of reading, and it is never too early to begin.
Last but not least, another crucial mission - yet still highly disregarded issue today (Jacksonville, Parkland, etc.) - the CoB is tackling is child and adolescent psychiatry. In the U.S., 15 million children and teens have a psychiatric disorder. Less than 50% of them will get the help they need. The CoB is committed to supporting the needs of children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders with a program that treats and support both inpatients and outpatients. NO one is ever turned away regardless of their ability to pay at the Bellevue Hospital. The IPC unit (Inpatient Psychiatry Care) is a temporary home for up to three-week length of stays for children from 3 to 17 years old who present a danger to themselves or others, and/or demonstrate severe levels of impairment and cannot function in the home, school, and community. And we all know too well the tragic consequences these severe levels of impairment can lead to.
I think you don’t need me to remind you how much children are dear to my heart. You all know how much I adore my nephews and nieces, and just any child in general. Which is why I am hoping to raise, with your help, at least $26,200 - that's $1,000 per mile ran! And I truly hope to exceed my goals.
Today I’m asking you to reach deep in your hearts so we can reach my goal to raise $26,200 or more, and help the Children Of Bellevue in their mission and vital commitment to all these kids and families in need.
Remember any single amount matters and makes a difference. Click now and please donate whatever works for you. There’s no small amount. I’d be forever grateful for your contribution.
I leave it to you to show me that you actually care as much as I do.