Why I'm Running
Even though I swore I'd never do this again after the 97 degree weather in 2016, it's become a very special event to me. The challenge of taking on 24 miles in 24 hours is minuscule compared to what these kids and their families experience. My heart may cry for them but my feet will run for them! This will be my fourth year participating (I had to miss last year) and I'm so excited to be Ava's sponsor this year!
About Team Ava

Ava is a 2 1/2 year old who, on June 21st, 2019 at age 1, was diagnosed with b-cell Acute Lymphoblastic leukemia. We spent the first 15 days in the hospital to get started on her treatment. She is a brave and happy little girl who doesn't stop fighting. It's been a long road of hospital stays for treatments and blood transfusions, but she has never stopped smiling.

Ava has a great support team, plus she always has a side kick with her. Right now, her sidekick is a stuffed groundhog named Charlie plus her lovey she named guy. Everybody that meets Ava falls in love with her. She makes everyone smile and laugh. From the start we have explained everything that was going to happen to her, so she likes to know everything. She loves her doctors and nurses at Rainbows Babies and Children Hospital. She likes to play pretend nurse - she even has her own hospital badge that the child life specialist team made her! Who knows she might grow up to be a nurse one day!

Ava has a strong and crazy personality that everybody loves. She loves being outside, playing with her toys, doing puzzles, coloring and reading. She also loves watching Disney Jr. and playing on her tablet. Ava's favorite movie is Moana, so of course her 2nd birthday party was Moana themed! She is the strongest toddler I have every met. She is well loved by many.

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Recent Donations

Kyle Reynolds
12 days ago

Congratulations on doing this again. A very worthy cause.

$100.00
Katya Pope
12 days ago

You got this, Michele! So proud of you for running again! And to sweet Ava, sending you love and hugs!

$48.00
Margaret Goetz
12 days ago
$50.00
P1
13 days ago

For not asking me to run with you :) You got this, girl!

$501.00
Mary Wynne-Peaspanen
13 days ago

Your generosity is amazing, Michele!

$50.00
QM
13 days ago

Try to take it all the way, Michele! All the best to little Ava..xoxo's

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Your Lighthouse Family
13 days ago

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!" See you at 9am!

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An Admirer
13 days ago
$120.00
Susan Seacrist
14 days ago

Michele you are an inspiration!!!!! And so is Ava!!

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Tami Lewis
15 days ago
$24.00
Joanna Nativio
16 days ago

You're amazing!

$50.00
Christine Margalis
21 days ago

Get It Rock Star!

$50.00
Greg Sanders
23 days ago

Go Michelle!

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Ashley Marrie
29 days ago
$44.00
Mom and Dad
29 days ago

We love you!

$100.00
Anonymous
1 month ago
$1,000.00
Tom and Janet
1 month ago
$24.00
Alecia and Rich
1 month ago
$100.00
Kathleen & Fred
1 month ago

For Ava

Lisa Fleming
1 month ago

Love

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John Griffin
1 month ago

Keep up the great fight Ava, and thanks to everyone participating and volunteering!

$120.00
Greg & Dawnn
3 months ago

❤️

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Kristen S.
3 months ago

Love you, Michele, and your big heart and love for children. Ava, sending you all the love and healthy wishes one could ask for!

$48.00
Annie
3 months ago

You are a Angel my dear friend💖😇

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BBFE
3 months ago

You rock!

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Phil Hanzlik
3 months ago
$24.00
SHABOOTIE
3 months ago
$100.00
Anonymous
3 months ago
$100.00
Josh and Kendrick
3 months ago

Thank you!

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Elaine Barnard
3 months ago
$100.00
Bryan Thomas
3 months ago
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Kristina Willey
3 months ago
$100.00
Jim and Sherry Shelby
3 months ago
$24.00
Ashley Marrie
3 months ago
$100.00
Chris & Kelly Richards
3 months ago

Go girl! We love you

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Anonymous
3 months ago

Way to go Michele! This is for Ava and all the amazing children battling the unimaginable!

$48.00
Billy, Sara & Liam
3 months ago

❤❤❤❤❤

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Steph, Tony & Gia
3 months ago

Keep it up beautiful Ava :)

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Ray
3 months ago
$48.00
Ivy & boys
3 months ago

Good luck!!!!

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