The Children’s National Hospital family – kids, families, doctors, nurses, corporate sponsors and community supporters – helped raise more than $1.37 million for pediatric care through the 2019 Race for Every Child.
This year’s race, held at Freedom Plaza on Oct. 19, was the largest in the event’s history. 7,704 5K runners and walkers, 823 Kids Dash participants and 454 teams signed up to support life-changing care and innovative pediatric research at Children’s National.
Take the Risk, Pippa’s Princesses and Team Jocelyn led as the highest fundraising teams. Top individual fundraisers were Jessica Wood, Trevor Vietor and Kelly Fritz. It’s not too late to make a difference and join these champions in supporting kids. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 31 to help the Race for Every Child reach its $1.55 million goal.
16-year-old Diego Spielman-Rodriguez won the 5K with a time of 16:49, followed by Philip Rector and Cary Chaffee. Danielle Griffin was the first female to cross the finish line. Alexandra Popkin and Ashley Lowry finished in second and third place, respectively.
In the day’s most exciting race, everyone brought home a medal. More than 800 children, ages 3-10 and of all physical abilities, finished the 100-yard Kids Dash to the cheers of parents and supporters alike.
Zachary Goldman, 6, was one of the decorated finishers. His parents, Heather and Jeff Goldman, co-chaired the event to give back for the care they and their younger son Ari received at Children’s National. Ari spent his 186 days of life in the hospital’s cardiac intensive care unit.
“Children’s National gave us six wonderful months with our son when we weren’t sure we’d have even one day,” said Heather Goldman. “Every year, we gather our friends, family and Ari’s former care team and come together to celebrate Ari’s life and support the outstanding work that Children’s National has done and continues to do for children in the Washington, D.C. area and beyond.”
Thank you to everyone who joined together and made the Race for Every child a tremendous success!
Visit raceforeverychild.org today to make your donation and help us reach our $1.55 million goal.