Posts Tagged ‘donors’

Helping Families in Need

Friday, July 10th, 2009

This spring, Operation Kids teamed with musical artist Collin Raye to raise awareness and funds for families of children facing extraordinary medical expenses. One of the songs on Collin’s new CD Never Going Back, “She’s With Me,” was written as a tribute to his granddaughter, Haley, who suffers from an undiagnosed degenerative neurological disorder, helping him understand first-hand the challenges that parents of children with serious medical conditions face.

Over the course of two months many supporters helped raise several thousand dollars to help with the medical and logistical costs for families facing extreme challenges. This week, we sent a check to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), an organization that helps provide funding assistance to families of children who need or have had a life-saving transplant. We have worked with COTA in the past and know that the money will make a great impact in the lives of several families, thanks to your generosity.

As part of the campaign, we also asked for people to submit their stories to share with others who were going through similar experiences. Several of you posted your stories on our online story hub here. We invite you to read them and share your own if you have one.

We sincerely appreciate people like those who in these economic times are so generous and willing to help where help is so desperately needed. As we receive the stories of the families who received funding as a result of your donations, we will be certain to share them with you.

Running for Healthy Kids

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
Tanner  Bell (Ragnar Co-Founder), Chad Iverson, Curtis Bennett (OC Tanner) and Don Stirling (Operation Kids)

Tanner Bell (Ragnar Co-Founder), Chad Iverson, Curtis Bennett (OC Tanner) and Don Stirling (Operation Kids)

Since 2005, Operation Kids and Ragnar Events have partnered to try and make an impact on youth health and fitness. Over the past year, the partnership has developed into a national campaign, where Operation Kids partners with Ragnar Event for each Ragnar Relay to benefit local youth health and fitness campaigns.

For the 2009 Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back, we tried something new – several generous businesses donated some wonderful gifts to those runners and supporters who raised funds or donated toward this year’s cause – Best Buddies Utah, where we worked to raise funds for the  Best Buddies 5k walk/run for intellectually disabled children.

We had hundreds of donors – giving anywhere from $5 to $500, who were excited to run for a cause. One of the donors, Chad Iverson, was the lucky winner of the grand prize – a $3,200 Tag Heuer watch from OC Tanner.

Yesterday, we had the opportunity to present Chad with this gift and thank him for his generosity at the OC Tanner store downtown. It was a great experience to meet him and thank him first-hand. We don’t  often get to meet our donors face-to-face, and when we do, it is always wonderful.

On behalf of Ragnar Events, Best Buddies Utah and Operation Kids, I’d like to say “thank you” to all those who donated who helped us raise thousands of dollars for a worthy cause – to help intellectually disabled kids stay healthy and fit.

We can’t wait to see you in Logan next year for the 2010 Wasatch Back race! For those of you from out of state – we will see you at several of the upcoming Ragnar Relays between now and November.