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digesting the ironman

April 16, 2015

Today I wanted to take a moment to share with you an awesome mission that my dear friend is embarking on. It is quite the feat and I encourage you see what he is setting out to do and consider supporting his cause…

My name is Chris and I’ve been an RN for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for the past seven years. The majority of that time has been spent at the bedside caring for children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

As you can probably imagine, being a parent and having a child in the hospital is extraordinarily difficult. Try for a second: you’re in an unfamiliar environment, away from home, and have complete strangers making important decisions about your child’s very well being. That sort of uncertainty is nightmarish to say the least. Furthermore, during this challenging time, life doesn’t stop; you have to ensure that you have food to eat, a place to sleep, ways to get to and from the hospital, as well as considering additional child care if necessary, etc…all the while you’re not able to work. Scared yet?

I want to help lighten that burden. Some units at CCHMC have a Family Assistance Fund that aid parents with essential needs while their children remain in the hospital. The Gastrointestinal and Transplant floor on A4 North/South does not have this resource. They care for patients with a variety of different diseases, ranging from intestinal disorders to children requiring organ transplants. Some of these families require hospital stays stretching from weeks to even months.

Consequently, between now and September 1st, I’ll be racing in two “Iron Distance” races in an effort to raise money for this cause. The first is 140+ miles in three days in Portsmouth, Ohio. The second is an actual Ironman in the Muskoka region of Canada.

If reading this is inspiring you to help, please click the link below for more information and join the fundraising effort. There’s no obligation, there’s no pressure, just opportunity.

http://giving.cincinnatichildrens.org/NeverGiveUp

(And note…The boy in the featured collage has a Gastrointestinal disorder called Short Gut Syndrome and he is championing this cause with me. The strapping gentleman in the white, sleeveless jersey is me doing previous races. I look forward to these athletic challenges and I appreciate your consideration and support.)

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