On June 2nd, in Kensington, Maryland, we will again participate in and volunteer for the fifth annual Colleen’s BA 5K. Colleen’s BA 5K was organized in memory of Colleen Mitchel—the daughter of a dear friend of mine and, like Anna, was born with biliary atresia (BA). Unfortunately, Colleen died in 2013 at the age of 19 due to complications from liver disease, while awaiting a second liver transplant.
While Anna and Colleen sadly shared the same horrible disease, they also shared the same wonderful doctors at the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Liver Center. Without the amazing team at Johns Hopkins and the generosity of organ donors, Anna would not have been able to have not one, not two, but three liver transplants before the ripe old age of 7! We are happy to report that Anna’s health has been relatively stable since her last transplant in 2005 and Anna, being Anna, takes everything in stride and enjoys life like any other 19 year old girl enjoying her freshman year in college!
We are proud to be a part of this event and are excited by the impact of our past and future fundraising. Thanks to the generosity of our friends and family, Team Anna was the fundraising leader last year at $3,725!
To build on this momentum and to maintain our position at the top of the leader board, we have set a family fundraising goal of $3,750.
Now, this is where you come in. If you are able to help us meet our goal and support these causes that are so near and dear to our hearts, go to Team Anna and make your donation TODAY! No amount is too small. Your gift is tax deductible, and you will receive a receipt from the Greater Washington Community Foundation*.
Thank you for your support! Susan, David, Ethan, Jonah and Anna
*The Colleen Mitchel Memorial Fund is a component of the Greater Washington Community Foundation. For more information about the Run and the Colleen Mitchel Memorial Fund, please see www.colleensba5k.org.