Over the weekend of November 18 and 19, we attended the 2017 Philadelphia Marathon. There, we had the honor of cheering on our team of 35 runners as they participated in the various races on behalf of the Emily Whitehead Foundation.
This year, our runners raised over $34,000! In three years as an official charity partner in the Philadelphia Marathon, Team EWF has now raised over $121,000.
“Every team is special,” says Emily Whitehead Foundation board member and marathon coordinator Jodie Potter, “but as our participation with the charity program continues, the bond among team members gets stronger. I see the struggles that they overcome, and I see team members eager to help each other succeed.”
A few such team members were 10-year-old Jake, the youngest member of our team, 13-year-old Sophie, who finished first in her age group, and Sarah McCormick from Alaska, who joined the team just two weeks prior to race weekend and became the second highest fund raiser on this year’s team.
On joining Team EWF, Sarah says, “I had never met a single soul on the team and yet it felt as if it took but mere minutes for people to welcome me with open arms. I shared a bit of my family’s story on the team’s Facebook page and the feedback and support and prayers and positive energy that I received was indescribable. Complete strangers were now running for [my niece] Sophia and for our family.”
“Everyone on the team has their own personal motivations for running,” says Jodie, “but we all have a common motivation to see an end to childhood cancer. I’m thankful for everyone who runs for EWF, and I try to make sure they know how much we appreciate their efforts.”
Looking ahead, Team EWF is currently assembling runners and preparing for participation in the Pittsburgh Marathon in May 2018. Runners can fundraise for EWF and run for free, or if they are already registered, can join the team and fundraise with no fundraising minimum.
Registration information for the 2018 Philadelphia Marathon will be announced through EWF social media when available.
To all 35 runners, our day of event volunteers, and those who supported our team in their fundraising efforts, we are incredibly thankful. Together, we are taking great strides toward activating the cure for all children fighting cancer!