I've always been a big supporter of charity walks. Starting in elementary school I participated in more March of Dimes walks than I can count.
Then after my sister-in-law died of breast cancer I took part in three Komen 3-Day for the Cure walks.
When my friend Elaine was diagnosed with, and later died from, leukemia I walked several Light the Night walks for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
It might sound strange to others, but walking for charity is something that makes me feel less helpless against something that I have no control over.
So when I was asked to be on the UNC Children's Digital Advisory Panel, and to participate in the Walk for UNC Children's, I didn't hesitate to say “yes!” (It's nice to have a more positive reason for walking this time!)
Thankfully, my kids have led pretty healthy lives. Aside from some occasional stitches, my girls have managed to avoid trips to the hospital. But if we ever needed a children's hospital, I'm happy to know that UNC Children's is just down the road.
As a top-tier academic medical center, UNC Children's upholds a four-tiered mission to “CARE,” aligning clinical care, advocacy, research, and education to deliver world-class family-centered care—always regardless of a family's ability to pay.
Let me repeat that.
“regardless of a family's ability to pay”
That is the amazing thing about UNC Children's. If and when you need UNC Children's, they're at the ready. No need to worry you will be turned away.
UNC Children's nearly 200 physicians are clinical and research faculty of the UNC School of Medicine, their medical expertise spanning nearly 50 programs in the School of Medicine's 20 clinical departments, including 14 divisions in the UNC Department of Pediatrics. They are joined by more than 1,800 clinical and ancillary staff, all dedicated to providing exemplary, compassionate care to the thousands of children they treat each year.
UNC Children's is there to support us when we need it, no matter what. Now they need us to support them!
When you walk on November 4, you'll become an active partner in all that they do. You will be making a difference in the lives of their patients and their families!
The Walk for Children’s is UNC Children's biggest opportunity yet to recognize and celebrate everything that makes the hospital so great. It’s a chance to show support for the hospital’s mission of caring for every child who comes through their doors no matter what. It’s a platform to showcase the discoveries and innovation of their researchers.
It’s also a time to walk alongside the courageous children and families UNC Children's serve.
How You Can Help
This Saturday you can participate in the UNC Children's Walk, held at Midtown Park in Raleigh (register here to be part of our team or create your own), or you can support UNC Children's by making a donation here to our team page.
Every little bit helps! All the $1, $5, and $10 donations add up quickly! Currently, UNC Children's are nearly halfway to their goal of raising $250,000.
Saturday, November 4, 2017, Midtown Park at North Hills, Raleigh, NC 27609
Registration to open: 8:30 am
5k Walk to begin: 10:00am
Celebration in the Park:
11am – 1pm
Join us for food, fun and entertainment!
Best parking is found in office tower parking decks. Most convenient to Midtown Park are the Midtown Plaza decks which are accessible by taking St. Albans Road to Church Street.
Once again, you can register here to be part of our team or create your own team, or you can support UNC Children's by making a donation here to our team page. Hope to see you on Saturday!