The Crisis Nursery is an organization near and dear to my heart. The mission of the Crisis Nursery is to "create an 'Island of Safety' dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect by providing 24-hour emergency care for children and support to strengthen families in crisis." I had the privilege to work at the nursery years ago and their mission still resonates in my heart.
I also have a deep passion for running (call me crazy, but I love it!) This fundraiser provides me with an opportunity to do something I love while raising money for an organization that is deeply deserving of the help and such a wonderful assest to our community.
Here is more information about the fundraiser from the Crisis Nursery:
Since 2009, runners and walkers participating in the Illinois Marathon have made their miles count by dedicating their races to Crisis Nursery and asking friends and family to donate to the organization on their behalf. These friends of the Nursery are our Miles for Smiles Team FundRacers!
This Miles for Smiles fundraising initiative has raised more than $30,000 to fund the Nursery's Safe Children and Strong Families programs.
Whether you're running the 5K, 10K, an I-Challenge, half, or full marathon, consider joining our Miles for Smiles Team and give new purpose to your training by raising money for Crisis Nursery! In addition to completing your race goal, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping children and families in our community who have nowhere else to turn.
The money you raise will go towards our Safe Children and Strong Families programs. When at full capacity, it costs $1,800 a day to keep the Nursery open. Our yearly goal for Miles for Smiles is to raise $15,000- enough to support more than a week at the Nursery! We encourage you to set an individual goal that you feel is appropriate and comfortable for you. Consider setting your sights high and sponsoring A Day at the Nursery by raising $1,800!