Jennifer Lane is running her first marathon next month.
“I am turning 40 the same month the Chicago Marathon takes place,” she said. “So, when a good friend of mine asked me if I’d like to run in the marathon with her and I could run for the Ronald McDonald House, I thought that was a perfect idea. So, now when someone asks me what I want for my birthday, I can say, ‘Please just donate to RMHC.’ I truly mean that.”
Lane, with her husband Bob, owns the McDonald’s in El Dorado, and has been involved with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) since 2006.
“I love RMHC,” said Lane. “Families are stronger when they are together, and their presence helps a sick child heal faster and cope better. While we cannot make medicine taste better or take away painful treatments, we can help lessen the burden and ensure families have the stability and resources to get and keep their child healthy and happy. Last year, RMHC Wichita supported more than 2,400 families, all because of the love and generous donations of our donors and volunteers.”
Lane’s goal is to raise $10,000 for RMHC.
“While I know I’m not the only one who has ever run a marathon before or the only person to do a fundraiser, it is a challenge for myself that I am on a mission to finish and finish well,” said Lane. “So, the month of October is not the month that I’m turning 40, but it is the month that I’m going to meet a challenge not only for myself but also for an organization that is near and dear to my heart.”
So far, she is a little more than halfway to her fundraising goal.
“This is important to me because while training for a 26.2 mile marathon is not an easy task and sometimes you feel like you are crazy for attempting this, you stop and think about the four million kids and families that RMHC helps globally each year,” said Lane. “You talk about training. These kids are training for a marathon of their own. Simpily to live.”
Lane is grateful to those who have contributed to her fundraising efforts for RMHC.
“Your donation will help make an important difference in the lives of the children and families RMHC works so hard every day to serve,” she said.
To help Lane meet her fundraising goal, visit www.teamrmhc.kintera.org/gojenlane.