Marathon Team 2017
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Caryn Schnierle Family
Laurie Schumacher DDS LTD
The Kelly Family Brian Kristen Arianna and Alyssa
Stan and Abby Ferguson
Tara and Mehul Patel
The Colsant Family
Martin and Janeth Harrison
Bryce and Carol McTavish
Drew, Christy, Daisy and Jedi
The Fudacz family
The Garthwait Family
Ms. Cyndi L. Hunt
Steve and Cyndi Hunt
Ms. Gwen Palanos
Mrs. Jamie Kelly
The Berchos Family
In honor of Emma Kelly
In honor of Jack Kelly
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Caryn Schnierle Family
Team Hunt & Kelly
We know, we know! We both said that we would never run the marathon again. Training was so time consuming and tiring, our families missed us and the 2015 marathon was HOT and grueling.
So you, like our husbands, are probably asking, “What gives?” and “Why would you do this to yourself again?” The answer to those questions is not that we’re crazy, although our husbands may disagree. We’re running it again because Lurie Children’s saved Patrick and Jamie’s son’s life and we are forever indebted to the doctors, nurses and staff. They not only saved Jack’s life, but they gave us the privilege of raising a kind, goofy, smart and handsome little boy. We want to help Lurie Children’s give the same privilege to other families. And let’s face it – we’re going to run crazy long distances anyway – we should at least do it for a wonderful cause!
Many of you know the crazy tale of how Jack made his entrance into this world with three heart defects - one of which was life threatening. You know how he was emergency transported to Lurie Children’s at just nine days old to have “closed” heart surgery. As parents, you understand the paralyzing fear that we felt, the confusion we faced and the devastating thought that kept creeping into our minds that our son was not going to make it.
And you also know the joy we felt when we realized that he was going to be ok. You know how grateful we are to all of the doctors and nurses that saved his life and so lovingly cared for him. You know the excitement (and nervousness) that we felt brining him home.
Jack is one of the best things that has ever happened to me and I am honored to raise him. He is so sweet and clever and hilarious and adorable and crazy. Not one day of my life passes that I don’t think about the experience at Lurie Children’s and feel the utmost gratitude. The doctors and nurses not only saved Jack’s life, but gave Patrick and me the tools to help him live a very long and healthy life. This is not something I fully appreciated until just recently.
At one of the many visits after Jack’s release from the hospital, our cardiologist told me that we had to talk to Jack about his heart disease and his restrictions beginning in infancy. She said that it was extremely important because by the time he turns nine years old, he will have already made up his mind about what he can and cannot do and he will not listen to his parents. I thought this was an insane idea for two reasons. First, I could never imagine my baby as a nine year old. He would be this cute little infant forever, right? And second, even if he became an nine year old, he would idolize his parents and obey their every word!
Although I thought talking to an infant, or a two year old, or a five year old about heart disease, controlling blood pressure or the consequences of being hit in the chest was nuts, I did it anyway. I followed doctor’s orders because our cardiologist is one of the smartest, greatest people ever. And as Jack turned nine in July, I truly appreciated her advice. She was so right! She knew exactly what Jack would be like at nine years old and that he wouldn’t listen to anything we say and pull some crazy stunts! She knew exactly what we needed to do to protect him and keep him safe and healthy.
Lurie Children’s unbelievably did more than just save Jack’s life. They ensured that we had all of the resources we need to allow Jack to lead a healthy life. They gave Patrick and me the greatest gift and we are so grateful.
Please support us in our journey to the 2017 Chicago Marathon so we can help kids just like Jack. You will be making a difference in the lives of so many kids and their grateful families.
Here are just a few ways your donations could help:
$35 can provide a comfort item for a premature infant to ensure the smallest and most fragile babies heal and grow faster.
$60 can help provide inpatient entertainment and distractions to help patients reduce stress and have fun while undergoing treatment.
$120 can help provide small lab supplies for one of the hospital’s clinical trials to ensure our children have access to the latest treatments and therapies.
$240 can help provide supplies for the Lurie Children’s classroom so that children in the hospital can continue their education.
All donations are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged by Lurie Children’s Foundation.
Cyndi & Jamie
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