Group of people outside wearing masks and green CHoR shirts

Walk for Children’s virtual fundraising event

At the time of this story’s posting, fundraisers across our region have raised $40,800 towards a $100,000 goal to help better the lives and treatment of some of the community’s most vulnerable patients: children. And you can join their ranks by signing up for Walk for Children’s.

The Elite Contracting Group Walk for Children’s, presented by Heartland Concrete, is back with a new name and a new focus. Formerly Four Miles for Kids, the redesigned event will emphasize inclusivity and flexibility, encouraging people of all abilities to walk, run or roll for however long they choose to support Children’s Hospital of Richmond (CHoR) at VCU.  

The Walk for Children’s no longer requires participants to reach a certain distance or participate from a specific location. Everyone is encouraged to partake from anywhere that is convenient to them, like a neighborhood, a nearby park or even an indoor treadmill. Registration fees have also been removed to make participation more accessible and direct the focus toward fundraising and awareness. 

A group of people, some wearing CHoR face masks, stand and pose for a picture.

The event, which has a goal of raising $100,000 through peer-to-peer fundraising to support critical needs at CHoR, will be held all day on Saturday, Sept. 25. Registration is free and open to the public.

“Our hope is that everyone—no matter their ability—will feel empowered to participate in this event. We see this as an opportunity for all to support a hospital for all,” says Vaughan Clark, special events coordinator with Children’s Hospital Foundation. “We hope everyone will join us on September 25 and we encourage participants to use their personal fundraising page to raise funds to support CHoR.” 

Funds raised from the event will benefit CHoR patients like Frankie Ferreira, a CHoR patient who has already started raising money with his family for this year’s Walk for Children’s event. 

“When our son, Frankie, was diagnosed with FSHD Muscular Dystrophy in 2020 we were so glad to have the doctors and staff at the Muscular Dystrophy Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU to walk us through the diagnosis and questions we had,” said Colleen Ferreira, mother of Frankie Ferreira. “Every single person that we have met at CHoR has been exceptional, all of them willing to go above and beyond to help us during this challenging time. We are excited this year to focus our fundraising efforts at the Walk for Children’s to be able to give back to something that will directly impact Frankie and other kids in our community.” 

To register for Walk for Children’s or learn more, visit: www.walkforchor.org

At the date of publication, this organization is a client of The Hodges Partnership.

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