Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Why We Support Arkansas Children's Hospital

Some might wonder how we chose the three charities to support with our running. If you're one of those, let me start by telling you why and how we support Arkansas Children's Hospital.

When my grandmother died in 2007, she had already written a complete script of what she wanted done. Her funeral arrangements were described down the smallest detail. What songs she wanted played, poems she wanted read, even her obituary was complete before she died. One of the things she specified in her obituary was she wanted donations made to ACH and St. Jude rather than flowers sent to her funeral. Since then, I've supported both of these organizations with a monthly donation.

Amanda cared deeply for people and always tried to help anyone in need. Once when a fellow student's house burned down, she went door-to-door in our neighborhood collecting money for his family. I didn't expect much because we live in a different town outside our school district. But my beautiful, big-hearted daughter came back shortly with over $70 she collected.

Arkansas Children's Hospital is a non-profit institution that treats children without regard to their families' ability to pay. Saving lives of children who might be denied treatment at other institutions just sounds like something Amanda would love about a hospital.

So that's why we chose ACH to support in our campaign to Reach, Raise, and Remember. If you have 10 minutes or so to spare, the following video gives you the perspective of the mother of Lindsey Crowder, a child who survived cancer because of the Care, Love, & Hope provided by this wonderful institution. Please watch and DONATE to Arkansas Children's Hospital to help us Reach, Raise, and Remember!

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