ChildServe‘s Run, Walk & Fun 4 the Kids
For children with special healthcare needs, having summer fun like trips to the pool, zoo or summer camp can be challenging in a typical setting. On Saturday, June 9, our Run, Walk & FUN 4 the Kids once again raised money to support adaptive programming that ensures kids of all abilities have the opportunity to make amazing summer memories.
Our fun-filled morning kicked off with a 5k run and 1 mile walk through the neighborhood north of ChildServe in Johnston, and the fun continued at the Finish Line Festival, which featured crafts, carnival games, spin art, face painting and a pancake breakfast.
Several guests made the morning feel extra special for the families who joined us at the run. The Isiserettes performed exceptional dance and drumline numbers that kept the crowd pumped up as runners made their way back from the 5K. As part of the Finish Line Festival, a Mercy One helicopter made a special landing on ChildServe’s back lawn and was available for tours.
ChildServe’s community of supporters care deeply about making sure kids with special healthcare needs live a great life. At this year’s event, over 850 participants registered to support the cause in person or as a virtual runner, and over 100 volunteers donated 264 hours of their time to make this event possible.
“The Run, Walk & Fun 4 the Kids is made possible through our incredible volunteer base,” said Cheri Burns, Director of Development and Community Relations. “We’re so grateful for the opportunity to share ChildServe’s belief in the spirit of a child with the surrounding community. Not only do we support children with special healthcare needs through this event, we get to provide fun, great-life moments at the run to the families in our community too.”
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ChildServe improves the health and well-being of more than 4,500 children each year through specialized clinical, home, and community-based programs and services. We serve children with developmental delays, disabilities, acquired injuries, and other special healthcare needs.