This year was the 33rd Annual Briggs & Al’s Run and Walk for Children’s Hospital. It happened in the streets of downtown Milwaukee on October 9th. On that day 15,800 people came together as one to work for one common goal, the children currently being cared for at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
Dave and I were again fortunate to be a part of the event. It really is one the coolest things I have ever seen. It is hard to describe to those who have never witnessed it; thousands of people running and walking to help families, many strangers that they have never met. It is an awe inspiring moment as you see person after person cross the starting line, all joined together to help their community.
There are families of children who are currently in the hospital, families of children who have been treated at the hospital and families of children who, sadly, are not with us anymore. It’s a bittersweet moment, but, you know that you’ve helped…even if just a little bit.
I can never begin to understand what the families of those children go through. A life turned upside down by illness. A life disrupted by an unforgiving and unwelcome guest; a club that you never wanted to be a member of. How do you cope? How do you keep a sense of normalcy in what is a very abnormal situation?
I know that the staff at Children’s does everything it can do to try and help the family in crisis maintain a sense of togetherness, even though many times the family can’t be together. So, here we are at the Holiday Season. It’s the time of year when we want to be with family. It’s the time of year that all of the past years problems should be set aside and we should be thankful for what we have. How is that possible with a sick child? How can a family lean on each other for support if they are not together? We know that support is needed year round, but it is really highlighted at the holidays. Imagine standing in a hospital elevator and the only option you have is the floor where your child is being treated. There is no “home” button to press.
That’s why this year 96.5 WKLH and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin would like you to help bring families Together for the Holidays. It’s a new program that will give you the opportunity to help these families in crisis. Check it out at chw.org/together to find out all the details to help. A donation of just $25 can help a family. The money will be used to provide transportation assistance, hotel stays and meals for the patient families. It is a wonderful way to make a real difference for the holiday season. If all of the 15,000+ people who came together in October donated, imagine the impact it would make and the help it would provide.
Let’s work together as one again, as a community again. Let’s help everyone be Together for the Holidays. When you are with your family this season give thanks for all that you have and be proud to say that you’ve helped someone else. It’s what the holidays are all about.
~ Carole Caine, 96.5 WKLH