Why I Run

Written by Kim Karr

This Saturday, October 8, I will run the 5k portion of the EverSource Hartford Marathon on behalf of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

i-am-running-forYou all know what Connecticut Children’s means to our family, and you are aware of the fact that we have spent a considerable amount of time there with Emily since her diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease twelve years ago. She was nine years old at diagnosis and required emergency surgery and life support of TPN for nearly three weeks. She was there again at seventeen years old to treat more complications of this vicious disease. And then last year she was there again for nearly an entire month … she had two emergency surgeries, the last of which resulted in an ostomy, which she lives with still.

I am very familiar with Connecticut Children’s. I spent almost every night there with Emily, except when Marko would relieve me for a day to spend time with our sons and rest in our own bed. I am so familiar with the stinging smell of hand sanitizer, the squeaky plastic bed, the constant beep beep beep of pulse-ox monitors up and down the hallways. It’s all so familiar that I’ve almost stopped registering the details. It had become white noise. I vaguely remember the 1:00am slipper shuffle, down the hallway and into the “family kitchen” to fix some herbal tea, hoping for maybe even an hour of resulting sleep. Sometimes I would come upon another worn and worried parent who was hoping to do the same. Our shared, tired half-smiles conveyed so much more than words ever could. It’s a blur now.

What has never blurred though, is the memory of the time, the care, and the attention that Emily received while she was there. Whether it was from the top-notch doctors and nurses who saw to her every need, or the child life specialists who made sure that she had access to what made her happy – art, books, movies… Emily and every other child at Connecticut Children’s was, and IS treated like a kid who is going through a bad time … but is still a kid. A kid who is still whole. A kid who is still special.

Please click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbAFjZ-4ACU&sns=em because I want you to see more about Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

And then, if you can, please click on this link https://www.crowdrise.com/team-ct-childrens-EversourceHartfordMarathon2016/fundraiser/kimkaar to support my fundraising efforts for this amazing hospital. The Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation helps make everything that I just described available to all children and families who need it. Fundraising and raising awareness for Type 1 Diabetes and Crohn’s Disease are front and center in my world … but fundraising for Connecticut Children’s helps me to reach all areas of pediatric disease. I am so grateful for your help.

Lastly, if you cannot donate at this time, I understand. I’ve been there. I would like to ask you to please keep these kids and families in your prayers though. I believe that it does make a difference. Thank you.

Wish me luck! It’s a long-range forecast but they’re predicting rain. That’s okay. I won’t melt. I haven’t yet 🙂

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