Define your idea of movement and make a difference in the lives of the Cardinal Glennon kids. The family-friendly, fifth annual — and this year, virtual — Sun Run season kicked off in early July and will culminate the weekend of October 8-10. The fact that this year's event is virtual means there are no excuses for in-action. Participants can register to not only walk or run, but to yoga, skateboard, hike, swim, climb, bike — whatever — to show their support for the Cardinal Glennon patients, families and caregivers, and to celebrate the incredible lifesaving work made possible on behalf of the hospital.
Get moving your way and support the children
Funds raised in previous years have supported research, allowed the hospital to participate in clinical trials, purchase new technology, provide for staff education, significantly expand the pediatric palliative care program, as well as launch and help sustain innovative initiatives including Cardinal Glennon’s Healthy First Pediatric Bariatric Surgery and STARS programs, to name a few.
Laura Wulf, Cardinal Glennon’s Grateful Patient Coordinator, is encouraging the community to be creative when participating. A 30-year employee at the hospital and a Glennon mom herself, Wulf understands the importance of the event and its effect on the children. Mom to Jude, a 13-year-old, three-time cancer survivor, she has created the Glennon Gladiators to “compete” as part of this year’s event. Wulf’s team members are mostly parents or staff who have seen the benefits of the fundraising firsthand.
“We are so incredibly grateful to anyone and everyone who participates in the Sun Run in any fashion they see fit,” Wulf said. “The money raised supports some phenomenal services for families throughout our community. You hope as a parent that you never have need for any of them, but coming from a family that has, we’re incredibly grateful for the support.”
Some of the participants who have already registered for this year’s event have agreed to bike the Katy Trail, scooter around the block with relatives, hula hoop in the backyard with friends and participate in a barre class, to name a few activities. For those who really prefer to run, Fleet Feet will manage the virtual race, allowing runners to complete their race on a route of their choosing from Oct. 4 through Oct. 11. Runners will receive emailed instructions on how to track and submit their race results once they have registered.
Participating is easy
Online registration is live here. The registration fee of $30 for anyone ages 13 and up includes access to the virtual run tracker, and every participant receives a t-shirt and pair of sunglasses that will be delivered to them. Each registrant will also receive access to a personalized fundraising page inviting other potential team members to join them. Participants who fundraise can also be eligible for additional swag and raffle prizes.
“The best part of this event,” Wulf said, “is that you can help the Glennon kids and families out just by registering. That’s it. If you want to do more by creating a team, recruiting team members, or fundraising, you can do that, too.”
In other words, you can step up by just clicking on your computer. Let’s get moving!
Learn how to support Cardinal Glennon at glennon.org.