One of the best parts about the running and tri community is the tight knit bond with charities across the nation!
You may not realize how much you are helping local charities by participating in Chicagoland races, but just by signing up you are making a contribution to some amazing organizations. RAM Racing works with a different charity for all of our local events, and we love it! The money raised from one event can help a small charity reach their donation goals for the entire year. Find out a little bit about each of our charities and the different groups they benefit.
100 Club of Chicago – Cinco de Miler Charity – This organization provides for the surviving spouses and dependents of law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics who lose their lives in the line of duty. This includes all federal, state, county and local officers, firefighters and paramedics stationed in Cook County. Since its inception, the 100 Club of Chicago has served 247 families with more than $9 million, of which more than $4 million was devoted to educational assistance for the dependents.
Misericordia – North Shore 1/2 Marathon Charity – Misericordia offers a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged. By serving society’s most vulnerable citizens, Misericordia also serves the families who want the best for them, yet cannot provide it at home.
Blade Runners – Terrapin 5k & Music Festival Charity – Chicago Blade Runners is a group dedicated to helping amputees interested in running. They have over 20 members who range from competitive athletes to recreational runners. The group is filled with great people who motivate and push each other to have fun and achieve their goals. If you are an amputee who is interested in running or an able bodied runner interested in being a guide, the Chicago Blade Runner’s would love to welcome you join their group.
Gilda’s Club – Bucktown 5k Charity- Gilda’s Club Chicago opened their signature red door in 1998. They provide a warm and welcoming meeting place where men, women and children diagnosed with cancer, and family and friends, join with others to build social, emotional and informational support as an essential supplement to medical care. Membership and their program is free of charge. Gilda’s Club offers support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events in their home-like clubhouse.
Black Diamond – North Shore Turkey Trot Charity – Black Diamond Charities is a Charitable Fundraising Organization formed to Support and Empower the lives of Children in need, as well as, Armed Forces Personnel who have served in Defense of our Freedom, and their families.
Ronald McDonald House Charities – Hot Chocolate 15/5k Chicago Charity – RMHC improves the health, well-being and education of children through their core programs. The four houses in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana provide a ‘home away from home’ for families of hospitalized children. The Houses allow families to eat, sleep and find the emotion support they need just blocks from where their child is receiving treatment. The world’s largest Ronald McDonald House opened at 211 E. Grand Ave, in downtown Chicago last year! With 14 stories of care and comfort, the House is able to accommodate 86 families each night offering a rooftop healing garden, a kitchen filled with home-cooked meals and supportive conversation.
Children’s Oncology Services, Inc – Big Foot Triathlon Charity – believes that a diagnosis of cancer should not prevent a child from experiencing the simple joys of childhood.
Through the magic of childhood experiences (such as summer camp) they help kids diagnosed with cancer reclaim their lives. Children’s Oncology Services, Inc offers participants:
- diversion from their illness
- opportunities for success and control
- friendship and unconditional acceptance from those who understand
- information, answers and validation
- reasons to adopt a positive, “fighting” attitude
- something to look forward to
- memories that comfort when times are hard
Thank you for helping us support the local charities of Chicagoland Rammies!