Category: Charity

Finding Motivation for the Miles

Sometimes, even if you love to run, you need a little extra motivation. Sunday’s Shamrock Shuffle was like that for me. I didn’t want to go. I had slept much in the nights prior and didn’t feel particularly great – I was actually seeing spots when I woke up in the morning. And, because it’s... Read more »

For Kristin McQueen: Tell Cancer To Suck It

Here is part two of finding some sunshine in winter. Do good today. Little things make a difference! Kristin McQueen, 32, doesn’t consider herself to be inspirational. She’s a woman who likes to run, and while she’s at it, she might as well raise some money for the American Cancer Society at the same time.... Read more »

Donna's Good Things For Valentine's Day

It’s February – the 14th to be exact. Regardless of what feelings Valentine’s Day itself inspires in you, I know every year in Chicago, by February I am needing a good boost in the arm. I need some happy because it’s cold, and we have a while to go until spring appears. So, this week... Read more »

Is Your Kid The Cutest In North America? Join The Fun And Help A Good Cause

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep is an organization of volunteer photographers who provide the gift of free remembrance sessions to families suffering the loss of a baby. The primary fundraiser for NILMDTS is the 2012 Charity Model Search for North America’s Cutest Kid. The event is run by Sandy Puc, co-founder of NILMDTS.... Read more »

Mary Tyler Mom and Donna's Good Things

Do you follow fellow ChicagoNow blogger Mary Tyler Mom? She, in a word, rocks. In September for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, she chronicled the 31 months of her daughter Donna’s battle with cancer. It was one of the most brutal and beautiful things I’ve ever read. I, like many, fell in love with her sweet... Read more »

Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties To Hold 5K & Family Fun Event

The Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) is holding their first annual Readers on the Run and family fun event on Saturday, October 15th in Batavia. The event includes a certified 5K run course, a half-mile Junior Bookworms run for kids and family activities that will take place throughout the morning. Families... Read more »

Autism is More than Just a Walk

Autism is More than Just a Walk
Autism numbers are on the rise – one in 110 kids and one in 70 boys is autistic.  One of those kids is 9-year-old Micah. I first wrote about Micah on a parenting blog while discussing the importance of getting kids involved in their communities early.  Because autism receives so little funding in relation to its... Read more »

Chicago Marathon Registration Closed - Charity Partner Slots and Minimums

Chicago Marathon Registration Closed - Charity Partner Slots and Minimums
Registration is now closed for the Chicago Marathon. I posted these charity partners and minimums in a previous post, but for those now scrambling for a marathon slot, I’m reposting. Now that registration is closed, the minimums are higher in a lot of cases – because they can. But, remember that you get a lot... Read more »

Thinking about Running the Chicago Marathon for Charity? Partners and Minimums

The Chicago Marathon is expected to close earlier than ever this year. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am a DetermiNation athlete for the American Cancer society. I do it because I love it. But, for those on the fence and concerned about fundraising, you’d better think fast. Those minimum fundraising requirements often... Read more »

Chicago Marathon Registration Opens at Midnight - Will You Run for Charity?

I’m one of the crazy fools who will be awake registering for the Chicago Marathon as soon as it opens. I’m so excited that I won’t be able to sleep. 2007 was the last time I took on this race, which was the year it had to be called off due to heat. I finished,... Read more »