Run­ning the field for a cause

Ori­oles’ Chris & Jill Davis are Casey Cares 5K Race Am­bas­sadors

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By Lisa Har­low

This week­end is your chance to sup­port a very wor­thy cause AND run on to the field at Ori­ole Park at Cam­den Yards (with­out get­ting ar­rested)! The Casey Cares Foun­da­tion 8th An­nual 5K Run/Walk will take place on Satur­day, Au­gust 5 at Ori­ole Park at Cam­den Yards in part­ner­ship with Ori­oles-REACH. Pro­ceeds from the event will ben­e­fit the Casey Cares Foun­da­tion, a 501(c) (3) non profit that pro­vides per­son­al­ized, up­lift­ing, and on­go­ing pro­grams with a spe­cial touch to crit­i­cally-ill chil­dren and their fam­ily mem­bers through­out the Mid-At­lantic re­gion.

Bal­ti­more Ori­oles first base­man Chris Davis and his wife Jill Davis will serve as race am­bas­sadors for the chip-timed 3.1 mile run/one mile walk. The 5K starts at the base­ball sta­dium, weaves through down­town Bal­ti­more and ends on the field. Par­tic­i­pants will par­tic­i­pate in a pre-race warm-up with the Ori­ole Bird, mu­sic, and other en­ter­tain­ment, and en­joy post-race re­fresh­ments.

Top race win­ners and the top fundraiser will be an­nounced in a pre-game cer­e­mony that evening prior to the Ori­oles game against the Detroit Tigers. Since mov­ing to Ori­ole Park in 2013, the race has raised more than $413,000 for the Casey Cares Foun­da­tion.

Head­quar­tered in Bal­ti­more, Casey Cares, founded by Casey Baynes in 2000, works with fam­i­lies in six states through­out the Mid-At­lantic and in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Typ­i­cally, chil­dren will par­tic­i­pate in six pro­grams each year. Casey Cares works hard to pro­vide con­tin­u­ous, on­go­ing sup­port to fam­i­lies and cre­ate some fun times, pos­i­tive mem­o­ries and nor­malcy as they are im­pacted by di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment.

The pro­ceeds from this week­end’s 5K will go to th­ese and other Casey Cares pro­grams: Fam­ily Fes­tiv­i­ties

Casey Cares of­fers fam­i­lies op­por­tu­ni­ties to spend time to­gether at sport­ing events, movies and many other lo­cal at­trac­tions. When­ever pos­si­ble, they en­hance th­ese events by pro­vid­ing ex­tra good­ies such as restau­rant gift cards. Birth­day Blasts

The or­ga­ni­za­tion re­al­izes that for a crit­i­cally ill child, each birth­day is a spe­cial mile­stone cel­e­brat­ing life. For the chil­dren it not only marks an­other year, it demon­strates a great achieve­ment. Chil­dren be­gin a fresh new year by re­ceiv­ing a sur­prise de­liv­ery of a toy, flow­ers, cook­ies, balloons or gift cards on their spe­cial day. This sim­ple act of kind­ness de­liv­ers joy and hope.

Birth­day Blast vol­un­teers work hard to make sure th­ese gifts are per­son­al­ized for each child; send­ing a box of Le­gos to a child that loves con­struc­tion, a rose bou­quet to a teenage girl cel­e­brat­ing her sweet six­teen, or a bunch of col­or­ful balloons to greet a four-year-old just home from chemo. Casey Cares pro­vides Birth­day Blast sur­prises to al­most 800 crit­i­cally ill chil­dren an­nu­ally. Cel­e­bra­tion Va­ca­tions

Cel­e­bra­tion Va­ca­tions give sick chil­dren and their fam­i­lies a chance for a week­end of “nor­malcy,” a week­end where their ill­ness is not a fac­tor and they can just be a fam­ily. Cel­e­bra­tion Va­ca­tions of­fer fam­i­lies time to re­lax and re­ju­ve­nate dur­ing cus­tom­ized week­end get­aways. Casey Cares pro­vides lodg­ing, meals, and tick­ets to area at­trac­tions at each fam­ily’s des­ti­na­tion of choice. Fam­i­lies are pro­vided va­ca­tions rang­ing from a trip to Ni­a­gara Falls; Great Wolf Lodge in­door wa­ter­park; Wash­ing­ton, D.C. for sight­see­ing, mu­se­ums, and a tour of the city; and dozens of va­ca­tions to Sesame Place, Busch Gar­dens, Her­shey Park, Bal­ti­more, and Phil­a­del­phia. Al­ways in­cluded in the va­ca­tion pack­ages are spe­cial touches like new

pa­ja­mas, travel snacks and ac­tiv­ity books that add to their ex­pe­ri­ence. Kami’s Jam­mies

Casey Cares re­al­izes that chil­dren on ex­tended stays at the hos­pi­tal of­ten need some ex­tra com­fort. The Kami’s Jam­mies Pro­gram pro­vides new sleep­wear and themed pa­jama par­ties to pe­di­atric pa­tients at hos­pi­tals through­out the Mid-At­lantic Area. Car­ing Con­nec­tions

The Car­ing Con­nec­tion Group Par­ties give fam­i­lies much needed time to meet each other, share ex­pe­ri­ences, learn from each other and de­velop sup­port sys­tems.

Planned through­out the year, Car­ing Con­nec­tion Par­ties take place in var­ied ge­o­graph­i­cal re­gions. Movie the­aters, moon bounce gyms, pump­kin farms, pop­u­lar mu­se­ums and sci­ence cen­ters, aboard sail­boats, bat­ting cages the in­ter­ests are var­ied and each party is de­signed to ap­peal to spe­cific age groups. Dur­ing th­ese events, fam­i­lies are sur­rounded by sup­port­ive Casey Cares staff and em­pa­thetic care givers whose chil­dren are en­dur­ing the same treat­ment reg­i­mens for com­pli­cated dis­eases. Hammy’s Heart

In mem­ory of a Casey Cares child, Abra­ham “Hammy” Scrivner, Hammy’s Heart was cre­ated to of­fer gift cards to fam­i­lies who need as­sis­tance with their gro­cery bills. While fam­i­lies with a crit­i­cally ill child are over­whelmed with so many other fi­nan­cial obli­ga­tions, Hammy’s Heart helps with the ba­sic need of feed­ing a fam­ily. Hammy was known for his wis­dom and af­fec­tion­ate smile dur- ing his brain tu­mor bat­tle. His car­ing spirit lives on through the Hammy’s Heart pro­gram, which ful­fills his last heart’s de­sire, to pro­vide fam­i­lies lov­ing meals to­gether.

The Casey Cares Foun­da­tion 8th An­nual 5K Run/Walk Satur­day, Au­gust 5, 2017 Ori­ole Park at Cam­den Yards, 333 West Cam­den Street, Bal­ti­more, MD 21201 Race Day Sched­ule: 6:30am — Reg­is­tra­tion & Packet Pickup 8:00am — Race Be­gins 8:05am — 1-Mile Walk Be­gins

8:30am — Post-Race Re­fresh­ments Avail­able

9:00am — Awards Pre­sen­ta­tion Reg­is­tra­tion Fee: $45 — NOW through Au­gust 4 $50 — on race day $20 — chil­dren 8 years and un­der, does NOT in­clude a race shirt

Park­ing: FREE park­ing is avail­able in Lots B & C.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://cas­ey­cares.org/ events/bal­ti­more-ori­oles-5krun­walk.

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