Thank you to DriveTime for sponsoring this post.
Do you like to run? I do, although I must admit that I’ve been terrible at keeping up with it lately. Well if you like to run or at least try to like I do, here’s how you can support a good cause this weekend. DriveTime Used Cars, through DriveTime Charities, is sponsoring a series of 5K walk/runs in various locations across the United States. Each locally organized 5K run is raising funds for the DriveTime Charities group who in turn has selected recipients to receive a donation.
One of the runs is this Sunday, October 25th in Philadelphia. This 5k will be for Chloe Castile, a nine year old little girl who is feeding tube dependent, and suffers from hemihypertrophy and chronic asthma. This event is FREE to the public and FREE to spectators! All ages can run, walk or jog in the event and a donation is 100% optional. Also, no tickets are required to attend.
Here is some of Chloe’s story, in her mother’s words:
“My daughter Chloe was diagnosed while still in utero. She had a mass growing out of her mouth which was attached to her spine. She was a preemie and had to have a tracheostomy before she was fully delivered. She spent 5 months in the NICU at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and has to be monitored full time to this day. She had her trachea taken out when she was four but is still having surgeries due to her birth complications. She was born without a palate and has had numerous surgeries to correct this. She has jaw, teeth and speech problems because of the mass.
Chloe has also had to have her ribs removed to rebuild her throat just this past June, and she will need to have follow up surgeries every 6 weeks. She has a very complicated history, which I can’t even begin to fit into 500 words. Considering the very, very grim outcome the doctors said she would have, I never gave up on her and she never gave up on herself. Chloe was born on my birthday so she was the miracle gift I needed.”
You can also support this event by donating or sharing this event’s GoFundMe link with others: https://www.gofundme.com/DriveTime5KFunRun. This is an event that will make a huge impact in this beautiful little girl’s life. I hope you can lace up and support this great cause!