The Port to Fort 6k Race is a great opportunity for newcomers to get more involved and for existing supporters to strengthen their relationship with Believe In Tomorrow. The event raises awareness and essential funding for the critically ill children and families in our programs.
One thing that always surprises us, though, is the number of Believe In Tomorrow families that come out to participate in the race themselves. Families, like the ones below, that are so touched by the services they’ve received that they participate and fundraise at events on behalf of Believe In Tomorrow. While all the children or families below participated in the 2015 Port to Fort 6k Race, their efforts represent just a fraction of the wonderful things that Believe In Tomorrow families do to give back!
Stayed with us at the Children’s House by the Sea twice in 2011 and twice in 2012. Since they joined our ‘family,’ Payton’s family has ran the Port to Fort 6k Race every year, making 2015 their 5th outing! They have also been incredible fundraisers, winning the team fundraiser award every year since 2011. This year, they raised over $10,000!
Stayed with us once at the Children’s House at Johns Hopkins and once at the Believe In Tomorrow House at St. Casimir since 2012. Egan’s family has participated in Port to Fort twice already, and their Team Little Fire has developed the reputation of a strong fundraiser that brings unmatched excitement to the event!
Stayed with us at the Children’s House by the Sea twice in 2014. Gabby’s entire family of six drove all the way from Pennsylvania to participate in the 2015 Port to Fort 6k Race. The day after the race, they left for a week of much deserved rest and relaxation at the Believe In Tomorrow House at Pinnacle Falls!
Nathaniel – 7 years old
Stayed with us at the Children’s House by the Sea three times and the Believe In Tomorrow House on Wisp Mountain twice since 2013. Both Nathaniel’s mother and father ran in the 2015 Port to Fort 6k Race. When asked what Believe In Tomorrow means to her family, Nathaniel’s mother said, “This picture of Nathaniel says it all.”
Stayed with us once at the Children’s House at Johns Hopkins and once at the Children’s House by the Sea since 2013. While at the Children’s House at Johns Hopkins, Bryan and his family became close friends with Egan and her family. As a result, Bryan ran on Egan’s 2015 Port to Fort team, Team Little Fire!
Stayed with us at the Believe In Tomorrow House on Fenwick Island twice and the Believe In Tomorrow House on Wisp Mountain twice since 2013. Of their time with us, Marielle’s mom says, “We can’t thank you enough and are so grateful for the wonderful respites and chances for our family to have made such special memories during our ‘storm’ of treatment.”
Stayed with us at the Children’s House by the Sea twice, the Believe In Tomorrow House on the Bay once, and the Believe In Tomorrow House on Wisp Mountain twice since 2010. When asked about their time with us, Jack’s mother says, “During Jack’s time in chemo, some of our most special memories are from the respite homes that were provided through Believe In Tomorrow. They really go above and beyond all expectations.”
Esther – 4 years old
Stayed with us at the Children’s House at Johns Hopkins nine times since 2010. In the 2015 Port to Fort 6k Race, Esther participated herself and was pushed by her speech therapist! Esther may not be like other children, and part of that is because “she lights up a room by just being in it,” her mother notes. “She’s feisty and opinionated and will let you know how she feels loud and long – ‘Beast’ isn’t her nickname for nothing. And yet, the smile is always there. Always. Esther is a miracle, pure and simple. God has certainly blessed all of those who have known her for years and those who have known her for a brief moment. She has moved mountains and shows NO sign of stopping. We are Team BEAST!!! ~Beautiful Esther is Awesome, Strong, & Tough!~”