Here's a List of All of Our Charity Teams Still Looking for Members
The 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon application window has closed but that doesn't mean you can't still get an entry. The list of charities below guarantee entry into the race and are still looking for team members.
Not only do you get guaranteed entry, you also get professional training through Chicago Endurance Sports and some of them even waive your training fee so you don't have to worry about it, you just have to worry about raising money for a good cause. Take a look at the list of charities below and check out what they do and read their quick pitch.
Lurie Children's Marathon Team
What They Do: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago is guided by the belief that all children need to grow up in a protective and nurturing environment where each child is given the opportunity to reach their full potential. We believe this vision can provide a brighter future for all children.Their vision is inspired by the courage of children and families. It is sustained by the extraordinary contributions of compassionate, knowledgeable and dedicated staff and volunteers, and built from our tradition of providing unsurpassed health care for children dating back to 1882.
What They Have to To Say: "Spots are still available for the 2017 Lurie Children’s Marathon Team, presented by Baird. Team members will receive complimentary training through Chicago Endurance Sports, team pasta dinner, Nike apparel, and exclusive access to Race Day Resort on Marathon Day.”
What They Do: The Mission of Our Lady of the Angels establishes a Catholic presence in the West Humboldt Park area on Chicago’s west side. This area is presently one of the poorest neighborhoods in the City of Chicago. The purpose of the Mission is twofold: to assist the materially poor and to share the treasure of our Catholic Faith.
What They Have To Say: "Mission of Our Lady of the Angels serves the poor on the west side of Chicago through food pantries, after school programs, seniors programs, and family building programs. Our Bank of America Chicago Marathon fundraiser is essential to our ministry. Plus I'm a nun who ran a 2:53 marathon and I'll help coach you."
Sign up: http://missionola.com/marathon.html
Liver Life Challenge
What They Do: The American Liver Foundation's mission is to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease. These values guide their work as volunteers and staff of the American Liver Foundation as they move toward the ultimate goal of a world without liver disease. By living these values every day, they offer hope to all those affected by liver disease.
What They Have To Say: "The American Liver Foundation is offering guaranteed entries to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon until May 23rd and we are waiving your registration fee! Visit https://liverlifechallenge.org/Chicago for more information and to join our team today!"
What They Do: SALUTE,INC. was founded in 2003 by Will and Mary Beth Beiersdorf of Arlington Heights, Illinois. Shortly after 9/11, Will a Naval Reservist, was called to active duty and deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for thirteen months. The severe financial impact his deployment had on his family came as a startling revelation.
While Will was serving in Cuba, Mary Beth was overwhelmed with the magnitude of what she and their young sons were facing. In addition to the lack of finances, Mary Beth and her children coped with the fear of the unknown and the emotional strain caused by their separation from Will. With the help, support and outpouring of love from family, friends, their church and their community, they were able to survive.
Upon Will's return, both he and Mary Beth felt the need to "give back" by helping others who were experiencing similar hardships. In 2003, they decided to start an organization whose fundraising efforts would be based around a yearly Memorial Day Family Run/Walk. After sharing their vision with family, friends and pooling their resources, SALUTE was born! SALUTE, INC. is now a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides financial support for our military men and women through a variety of fundraising activities.
What They Have To Say: "Team Salute is running 26.2 for Military Families. This could be YOU! Paid Guaranteed Entry, great benefits and a cause that touches every American."
Through sports, they showcase the skills and dignity of our athletes. They also bring together communities to see and take part in the transformative power of sports. They know the odds our athletes must overcome and the barriers they face every single day. They see this at training events and competitions as our athletes push to beat their personal bests -- and exceed them. Their stories and successes inspire us all.
What They Do: Gilda's Club is a place where men, women and children whose lives have been impacted by cancer, as well as their families and friends, can feel they are part of a welcoming community of support.
Who Is Gilda?
Their namesake, Gilda Radner, was one of the original cast members of “Saturday Night Live.” Throughout her time on the show, she created a number of enduring characters, including Roseanne Roseannadanna, Emily Litella and Lisa Loopner. Laughter and love were central themes of Gilda’s career and life, including in her marriage to actor and comedian Gene Wilder, the original Willy Wonka.
Gilda was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1985. She said that having cancer gave her membership in an elite club she’d rather not belong to. She passed away in 1989, but her legacy lived on when her husband and friends established Gilda’s Club and the first red door opened in New York City.
What They Have To Say: "This is YOUR year, your year to run your first marathon Join Team Gilda and help raise funds for anyone impacted by cancer. Gilda’s Club Chicago provides free support for men, women, teens and children impacted by any kind of cancer. Get guaranteed entry in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon by joining Team Gilda TODAY!
Sign up: www.gildasclubchicago.org
What They Do: Founded in 2007 to aid in the fight against childhood obesity, Chicago Run is a non-profit organization aiming to impact the entire school health environment in a holistic and collaborative manner by engaging families, teachers, and school staff. Chicago Run fuses digital learning, cross-community collaboration, nutrition, and neighborhood pride into its physical activity programs, ensuring a more engaged student body.
The mission of Chicago Run is to promote the health and wellness of Chicago children through innovative, engaging, and sustainable youth running programs.
What They Have To Say: "Add meaning to your miles by joining the Chicago Run Marathon Team. The mission of Chicago Run is to promote the health and wellness of Chicago children through innovative, engaging, and sustainable youth running programs."
Sign up: http://www.chicagorun.org/
Team ALS Foundation
What They Do: Established in 1985, The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.
As the preeminent ALS organization, The Association leads the way in research, care services, public education, and public policy — giving help and hope to those facing the disease. The Association’s nationwide network of chapters provides comprehensive patient services and support to the ALS community. The mission of The ALS Association is to lead the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy, while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support
What They Have To Say: "Ever dreamed of checking one off your bucket list and running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon? You’re in luck! The Les Turner ALS Foundation has your guaranteed entry to the 2017 race. Learn more about how you can be a part of one of the world’s most elite marathons while helping people with ALS."
What They Do: The American Cancer Society DetermiNation team will give you do the opportunity to dedicate your participation in a half-marathon, marathon, or triathlon to the fight against cancer. With access to professional training, an unparalleled community of support, and inspiration every step of the way, the American Cancer Society will help you cross the finish line of your race. Your personal race victory will change your life, but the finish line will be just the beginning. Because your triumph also means a triumph over cancer - where every step you take and every mile you conquer will create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
What They Do: Whether it is reducing toxic emissions into the air, making Illinois Smoke-Free, creating the State Plan for COPD or improving access to healthcare, Respiratory Health Association is shaping policies to protect lung health in our communities. Staff and volunteers join together to monitor legislation from metropolitan Chicago all the way to Washington, D.C. The aim: to support policies that protect the air we breathe and improve the lives of people affected by lung disease by advocating for increased prevention activities, research and improved access to quality care.
What They Have To Say: Lung Power Team is the fundraising leg of Respiratory Health Association's endurance sport program. The team raises awareness and funds for lung disease research and education, and members receive free training through the Chicago Area Runners Association or Chicago Endurance Sports, monthly team fun runs, a team racing singlet and much more.
Sign up: http://lungpowerteam.org/
Mercy Home Heroes
What They Do: Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is a Catholic organization answering the Gospel call to minister to children and families in need.
Saves young lives by providing:
A safe, nurturing residential treatment home,
AfterCare support for former residents and their families,
Community-based and site-based youth mentoring,
Promotes therapeutic, educational, vocational, spiritual and life skill development,
Is committed to raising public awareness of youth in need and encourages support to help them,
Is sustained by benefactors who believe in the miracle of God’s mercy in action.
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls offers kids a real home. A place where they can grow into successful men and women who will one day create loving homes for their own families. As a Catholic children’s charity based in Chicago, we’re dedicated to changing the future for the boys and girls, ages of 9-21, who turn to us for help in their most critical hour.
What They Have To Say: "Get a Hero’s welcome at Mile 16, and at our VIP Hero HQ, from the kids and staff at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls when you run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon with us. The Mercy Home Heroes Believe no distance is too far to save a child."
Sign up: http://lungpowerteam.org/
Team To End Aids
What They Do: The mission of TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) is to improve the lives of those who are affected by HIV/AIDS, by raising funds to support the programs of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Through endurance sports, T2 raises awareness, encourages action and motivates people to get involved in creating an AIDS-free generation.
What They Have To Say: "TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) has trained more than 6,000 athletes and raised in excess of $10 million benefiting AFC and HIV/AIDS-related community charities. Whether this is your first race or your fiftieth, T2 offers world class training programs for multiple endurance events. T2 is about the journey as much as the destination. Coaches, staff and athletes will help you train, fundraise and celebrate life, making your T2 experience unforgettable."
What They Do: Imerman Angels is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide personalized connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. Participating in the Chicago Marathon with Team Imerman Angels is your opportunity to be the difference for anyone seeking cancer support. In 2016, Team Imerman Angels participants raised over $320,000 and created nearly 900 connections between those impacted by cancer and a Mentor Angel
What They Have To Say: It's not too late to join Team Imerman Angels and do the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. You'll receive great amenities including having your $195 entry fee covered, as well as your training through Chicago Endurance Sports ($250 value), Race Day VIP Hospitality at the Congress Hotel and the ability to make a profound difference in the lives of those facing cancer.