Washington, DC (PRWEB) September 12, 2014
More than 4,600 Set to Race for Children’s Health
Race for Every Child 5K walk/run to benefit Children’s National and DC-MD-VA families, Freedom Plaza to become giant kids’ play area for fun event with serious purpose.
More than 4,600 runners and walkers of all ages will be at the second annual Race for Every Child starting line on September 13, 2014, fired up to raise funds that help keep Children’s National Health System at the fore of providing world-class pediatric care to every family in need, conducting groundbreaking research into childhood diseases and offering wellness/preventive services for children throughout the metropolitan area.
The goal for the 2014 Race for Every Child is to raise $1 million by November 1. Last year’s inaugural event raised more than $750,000. Among those running and walking in the 5K are families whose children’s lives had been saved by Children’s National, and thus are committed to supporting the organization through the Race by driving pledges toward the final goal.
A half-day event, Race for Every Child features a wide range of fun for all ages. In addition to the 5K walk/run, there is a Kids’ Dash for children aged 3 to 10 with superheroes greeting them at the finish line with medals, as well as host of kids’ play activities right on Freedom Plaza, including a race track, sports inflatables, agility obstacle courses and more. Children’s National also is accepting monetary donations on-site at the event.
“Race for Every Child serves as a fun-filled event guided by a serious purpose,” said 2014 Race for Every Child Chair Carrie Marriott, whose youngest son Henry was treated by Children’s National for extensive and severe burns to his hands when he was less than a year old. “The event gives the entire Washington metropolitan community the opportunity to come together and support a critically important resource in our community – Children’s National – and to encourage children’s health and wellness.”
From the first hospital admittance in 1870 to today, Children’s National has been serving families from the DC-MD-VA community, across the country and internationally with world-class care. Consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals in the country, Children’s National serves more than 319,000 children and provides approximately $50 million in uncompensated care every year.
“Children’s National is committed to making sure that every child receives the absolute best care from us, regardless of the family’s ability to pay,” said David L. Wessel, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer of Children’s National.
About Children’s National Health System
Children's National Health System, based in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation's children since 1870. Children's National's hospital is Magnet®-designated, and is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. Home to the Children's Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children's National is one of the nation's top NIH-funded pediatric institutions. With a community-based pediatric network, eight regional outpatient centers, an ambulatory surgery center, two emergency rooms, an acute care hospital, and collaborations throughout the region, Children's National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as an advocate for all children. For more information, visit ChildrensNational.org, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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