Every year, runners of all ages and abilities are invited to run the Chicago Marathon in support of the American Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. Sylvia Villares joined Team Red Cross in 2021 for the Chicago Marathon and shared with us her story, “I am from Puerto Rico originally—[Puerto Rico] had experienced many natural disasters recently such as Hurricane Maria among others—The red cross helped many people that were trying to communicate and couldn’t get water, food, shelter…I always say the Red Cross is everywhere, helping everyone who needs help.”
Cat, an ICU and clinical nurse also decided to run with Team Red Cross, “I’m running for many reasons. The pandemic was hard for everyone for different reasons—My running partner and I would get up super early and hit the running paths so I could talk and clear my head so my spirit could take care of those in need—This race training has been part of a healing journey. I’m ready to represent resilience. I’m ready to tackle 26.2 miles for myself, for my partner and for those who didn’t make it out of this pandemic.”
We heard another inspiring story from Greg Maki who has trained for marathons twice in the past, “—I under-appreciated the dedication, perseverance and patience it takes to do—I am glad my training and perseverance found the Chicago Marathon and the Red Cross. I am so excited to run in a beautiful city with a great organization.”
All funds raised by Team Red Cross benefit American Red Cross programs and services throughout the Illinois region. Red Cross volunteers are able to provide care and comfort to those in need because of the generosity of people like you!
Thank you to all of our runners on Team Red Cross this year. We encourage anyone to join Team Red Cross in running the Chicago Marathon next year on Sunday October 9, 2022. Sign up here!
Written by Brianna Orto, Communications and Marketing intern.