Each year for the past three years, the Brannon and McNutt families of Cary, NC have organized a wonderful 5K to help support Love Without Boundaries. This year’s funds raised were designed to benefit the medically fragile children in our Healing Homes. These scenes from the 2013 Cary Walkathon show what a fun family event it was! Read more.
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Beat the crowds and register NOW for the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon. Registration opens to the general public on March 27th and may beat last year’s record of selling out in less than three hours. Don’t sweat it! Join TeamLWB today to run the “Most Inspiring Marathon” and guarantee your slot for this ever popular race on October 27, 2013 in our nation’s capital.
Seven year old Gracie had a rough year. She was diagnosed with lupus and became very sick. In order to treat her lupus, she had to receive chemotherapy. Knowing she was going to lose her hair, she chose to donate her hair to Locks of Love before it fell out. This prompted her friends to start a Facebook page for her called Hats for Gracie. Gracie received many, many hats and notes of love and support that lifted her spirits. Gracie is doing well now and wants to do her part to give back to others.
Gracie has a little brother and sister who were adopted from China. She knows firsthand how poor nutrition can affect a child in care, and she wants to do her best to help provide nourishment to the children still waiting. Read more.
If you’re a runner, maybe you’ve been there. You sign up for a race months in advance and then, for one reason or another, you are not able or motivated to really train for it. Maybe life gets hectic with other obligations, maybe you face an injury, or maybe even burn out. Whatever the reason, race day is suddenly nearly upon you, and you have not trained for it. That was my experience with the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) in Washington, DC this year. Lucky for me, my friend John was also registered for the MCM and, like me, was looking for a different kind of marathon experience. One day on a bike ride it came to us: “If we can’t set a personal record (PR) in speed, we should set a PR in FUN.” So we put together a marathon scavenger hunt for ourselves and decided to run in costume.
LWB currently has four healing homes in China, where we send babies who are either failing to thrive or who need specialized care, both pre- and post-surgery. Anyone who has visited or even read about these homes knows they have saved so many lives, as babies with complex medical issues definitely need 1:1 care. Every month is a juggling act, trying to figure out who can be discharged, how many beds we might have open, and when we can schedule surgery for a child and guarantee them a healing home spot for post-op care.
This past month, however, has been one of the most difficult I can remember. LWB has good relations with over 250 orphanages in China, and so at any given time we might have multiple orphanages calling us on the same day asking for help with very sick children. Of course we have a very limited number of beds in our homes, so the question is always: WHO GETS HELPED? Read more.
This week, the 37th annual Marine Corps Marathon made history by recording the fastest sellout of registered runners. This means that if you were not able to sign up but still wish to race in this marathon, you must sign up through a charity partner…which is where we can help you! TeamLWB still has some available spaces, and we would love for you to join us and run to help children in China in one of our healing homes.
Last Year’s Marathon Team
Won’t you be a hero to Delanie, Audra, and all the other children in our healing homes program? You can still join Team LWB in the Marine Corps Marathon as they race to raise 10K in the 10K…and in the regular marathon and kids’ fun run! The Marine Corps Marathon registrations sold out in 28 hours, but LWB still has 18 slots left. Runners can bring hope to an orphaned child by visiting www.teamlwb.com to sign up. Please don’t delay as these spots won’t last long!
This morning as I was slowly jogging around our neighborhood, I couldn’t get the words to the song “Run Baby Run” out of my mind. Not that I know all of the words, nor am I really a runner. But I am in a family of runners and we are all gearing up to “run baby run baby run” – for orphaned children in China.
Love Without Boundaries has a team running in the 35th annual Marine Corps Marathon held in Washington DC on October 31st. My husband, Ben, will be trying to keep up with our oldest son and daughter in this year’s Marine Corps Marathon. Our youngest five children are running in the kids’ Fun Run held the day before, and they’ve already started training – they ALL want to be first. What they don’t realize is that the “real” winners will be the babies the funds will help through LWB.
1 : an act or rite of dedicating to a divine being or to a sacred use
2 : a devoting or setting aside for a particular purpose
3 : self-sacrificing devotion
“Dedication” is the first word that comes to mind when envisioning LWB volunteers. Our worldwide group of volunteers, as well as our Board of Directors, is one of the most talented and dedicated teams imaginable. Our volunteers come from all walks of life from twelve countries around the world. This foundation is blessed to have so many incredible individuals all working tirelessly for a common cause…to change the lives of orphans in China.
So…what is a typical day in the life of an LWB volunteer?
All around the world today, people will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. The Irish community literally spans the globe with nearly 80 million people claiming Irish descent! Please join the spirit of those who helped make you the person you are today by reaching out across the world to help heal one of the fragile babies in our Heartbridge Pediatric Healing Unit. Many fragile babies at Heartbridge are suffering through pneumonia, and many have been hospitalized. It has been a long and difficult winter, and we still have babies battling for their little lives. So in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we are holding a “Luck of the Irish” fundraiser from March 17-23! We hope to bring the luck of the Irish to these Heartbridge babies to help raise funds for their continued nurture and care.