Team RMHC Runners Dedicate 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon to Children Running Their Own Race Against Illness And Injury

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Runners From 27 States, Canada and Costa Rica Aim to Raise $350,000 to Help Ronald McDonald House Charities Build a Bridge to Quality Health Care for Children and Families Worldwide

Mike and Nicole Juppe during graduation

I owe Ronald McDonald House Charities a long overdue thank you. I am proud to run the Chicago Marathon in honor of such a remarkable organization.

When Team RMHC crosses the finish line for the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, it will celebrate the fifth anniversary of participating in this pinnacle of achievement for elite athletes. More importantly, when the totals are in for this year, the 500 Team RMHC runners who have completed the daunting 26.2 mile race over the last half decade will have raised a total of more than $750,000 to support Ronald McDonald House Charities programs that provide a bridge to quality health care and give children and families the time together to heal faster and cope better.

Among the team's runners are people from 27 states, Canada and Costa Rica. Many of the runners, like Mike Juppe, share a personal connection to RMHC. Juppe is a veteran marathoner -- he boasts 20 races. But this year, he is running the Chicago Marathon for his daughter, Nicole, who was born prematurely. Nicole graduated from Loyola University in Chicago last June, but Juppe vividly remembers the extended period of time he and his wife spent at the Ronald McDonald House in Columbus, Ohio while Nicole was hospitalized.

"During our stay, we were able to visit Nicole during the day and return to rest at night. There was no charge to stay there and the accommodations were comfortable and so close to the hospital. We also met other families and supported each other during those stressful days," said Juppe. "I owe Ronald McDonald House Charities a long overdue thank you. I am proud to run the Chicago Marathon in honor of such a remarkable organization."

RMHC is supporting its talented team of athletes with access to personalized online fundraising support on the Active Giving Network, discounted marathon training from the Charity's official training partner, Chicago Endurance Sports (CES), a pasta dinner the evening before the marathon and special Team RMHC running shirts for the big day. In addition, the top Team RMHC fundraiser will receive roundtrip airfare and a four day/three night stay in Paris for two people with race entries to the April 2011 Marathon de Paris.

"Team RMHC exemplifies our belief that we have strength in numbers. The runners who dedicate their Chicago Marathon to our programs connect to millions of partnerships -- among donors, volunteers, doctors, hospitals, supporters and the community at large -- that make our programs strong and allow us to support families when they are facing a child's medical crisis," said Jennifer Blanchard Smith, senior director of Communications and Special Programs, RMHC. "The Team RMHC runners recognize that many of the children we serve are running a marathon of their own as they fight illness and injury through months of hospital visits, surgeries and outpatient recovery."

This year, Team RMHC has a goal to raise $350,000. To support your favorite member of Team RMHC in the Chicago Marathon, go to

About Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Through its global network of local Chapters in 53 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children's programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-supported programs provide a bridge to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to heal faster and cope better. For more information, or follow us on Twitter (@RMHC) and Facebook ( Global).

The following trademarks used herein are owned by McDonald's Corporation and its affiliates: Ronald McDonald House Charities, Ronald McDonald House Charities Logo, RMHC, Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room, and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.

© 2010 McDonald’s


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