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Desmond Campbell Marathon Fundraiser

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Desmond Campbell Marathon RIC Fundraiser

My name is Desmond Campbell and my two greatest passions in life are fundraising for charitable causes and running marathons. I immigrated from Ardara, Co. Donegal (Ireland) to Chicago in 1964. I work seven days a week between two different jobs, but that does not stop me from staying in shape in order to continue my dreams of running marathons for worthwhile causes.

I am excited to announce that I will be running my 14th marathon on October 12, 2014, in Chicago and will be celebrating my fourth year of fundraising for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s (RIC) Junior Sports Program. If that is not enough, I will also complete my 15th Marathon on October 27, 2014, back home in Ireland at the Dublin Marathon, just weeks before my 70th birthday.

It is my goal to give each kid that goes through RIC a chance to participate in the joy that sports offer. To do that, I am increasing my fundraising goal this year to $40,0000, which will bring the total raised through my efforts for RIC Sports to $100,000 in five years. With your donation, together we will be a step closer to helping youth with debilitating health conditions get back in the game!

RIC is the #1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America and offers outstanding athletic programs for children, which I fully believe in and enjoy helping expand and flourish.

RIC's Junior Competitive Sports Program

RIC Junior Sports Program

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Junior Competitive Sports Program is an outstanding resource for children with disabilities. It provides young athletes with an array of opportunities that they would otherwise miss out on due to lack of resources. Some of the sports offered include, but are not limited to, wheelchair basketball, track and field, softball, karate, and golf. The program is composed of weekly practices, tournaments both in and out of the city, and social events with children from other organizations. RIC not only teaches children how to play sports but also provides a safe social environment for them to meet friends, gain experiences, and mature into young adults. Please visit the RIC Junior Competitive Sports Program page for more information.

Running in the Chicago Marathon is more than just a workout for me; it is a passionate experience. Being able to take part in the same marathon as the hand cyclists from RIC makes me appreciate all that the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago does for its athletes. I think the marathons are a great way for all athletes to connect with their passion and it is even more visible when able-bodied athletes and athletes with disabilities are participating together.

I would like to thank each and every one of you who have donated in the past. I appreciate your generosity and want to remind you that no dollar amount is too small and each donation is tax deductible. Every donation helps me move one step forward and keeps the RIC junior athletes active!

Don't forget to ask your place of business about matching your donation. Visit my Facebook event page to post words of encouragement.


Desmond Campbell