Local Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Announces 10th Annual Run and Walk to Support Uncompensated Care at Seattle Children’s Hospital

    Local charity group Run for Children’s Guild announced today that it is once again teaming up with Columbia Winery to raise funds to help families pay for care at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The 2015 Columbia Winery Charity Run & Walk, which includes a 5K run /walk, a 10K run and a Kids’ Dash, will take place at Columbia Winery in Woodinville on Saturday, August 15th at 8:30 AM.

    This year marks the group’s 10th annual event in partnership with Columbia Winery. Last year, the Columbia Winery Charity Run & Walk raised more than $90,000, all of which benefitted the uncompensated care fund at Seattle Children’s Hospital. This year the group hopes to raise more than $100,000.

    The guild’s goal is to ensure that all children can receive the lifesaving treatments they need, regardless of a parent’s ability to pay. Its impact on patients and families is huge, says Janette Braun, mother of cancer patient Sienna, now in remission thanks to her care at Seattle Children’s. “We haven’t had to pay a penny. Because of the uncompensated care fund, we can take off work to be by her side.” She adds “I can’t fathom what it would be like to worry about financial issues when you’re already so worried about your child.”

    The Run for Children’s Guild is a volunteer group that was founded by Aileen Kelly and Linda Smith after they saw, first-hand as employees of Seattle Children’s, the great need to support the uncompensated care fund. “The need for uncompensated care grows each year and is expected to exceed more than $120 million this year,” says guild president, Aileen Kelly. “This year our guild is celebrating our 10-year anniversary and over that time we’ve raised nearly $1 million for Seattle Children’s”

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