Running for a Cause…A Guest Post

Hi Everyone! My very dear friend Briana from The Great Shake Up is today’s guest blogger. She is also a runner and she is running the Goofy 2013 Challenge with me in January.  Along with her training, she is also raising money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Boston Children’s Hospital, which is a charity that I have a personal connection with. Be sure to check out her blog and the amazing charity that she is supporting.


Fundraising Page:

Last year I ran my first marathon.  Not only was it my first marathon, it was my first race.  I had never run over a mile in my life and I chose a marathon.  But through a lot of work and support of my friends and family, I finished with a big smile on my face.   I finished in 6 hours 12 minutes and 11 seconds.  With everything I went through during my training, one might think, okay I ran a marathon.  That’s a big milestone and now I’m done…. Wrong!

 This past August, I ran the Disneyland half marathon on September 2,  2012.  When I finished the race, not only did I receive my finishers medal, I also  received a Coast to Coast medal.  But, I did not stop there.  As always, I wanted to push myself further, to the point of well, being, Goofy!  So I registered for the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge for January 12-13, 2013.  This is a half marathon on Saturday followed by a full marathon on Sunday.  I realize, yes, I am Goofy.

In exactly one month I will be traveling to Walt Disney World to run the Goofy Challenge.  I will be running a 5k, a half marathon and a full on back to back days.  As I continue to challenge myself to take on these races, it reminds me of my very first challenge during my first week of life.  Almost thirty-one years ago, I came into this world and almost didn’t make it.  Children’s Hospital literally saved my life!  Thanks to Children’s Hospital Boston, I overcame extraordinary medical odds and became only one of five babies to survive the medical accident that happened to me.  It seemed only fitting that on this momentous birthday, I begin my training for this enormous challenge.  I have joined the Miles for Miracles program through Children’s Hospital Boston.  Through this program, I have a personal fundraising website and a wonderful trainer to help me reach my goal!

 Therefore, it is only fitting that I give back to the organization that means so much to me, Children’s Hospital Boston.   I am excited to take on this challenge and more so, through these marathons, be able to give back.

 Why give to CHB?  “Children’s Hospital Boston has been nationally ranked as one of the best pediatric hospitals for almost two decades. They care for more than 500,000 patients every year – many with health problems no other hospital in the world can handle.  Every day, the doctors and nurses at Children’s combine courage, creativity, and compassion to provide life-changing care.” (CHB)

 I have set a personal goal of raising $3,000 for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital Boston.  It is my hope that each dollar I raise will help another struggling baby survive.  To make a donation, please visit my fundraising page,, or send a check made out to:  Children’s Hospital Boston.  Please mail all checks to 3 Little Drive, Danvers MA 01923.  All contributions are tax deductible.  Please send your donation by January 15thh.

 As I run 43 miles during Marathon Weekend in January, each of you will be with me.  You will make me stronger and inspire me to get to that finish line.   Thank you so much for your support and generosity.


Briana Polan

QOTD:  Have you ran a race for a charity and if so, which one?


3 thoughts on “Running for a Cause…A Guest Post

  1. Good luck! I’m going to be running Dopey that weekend as well. I’m not running Dopey for charity, but I did raise $500 for Cure AT/RT for the Disneyland 1/2 marathon in August

  2. Good luck with your fundraising. My sister is the librarian at Children’s Hospital in Boston! I am also running the Goofy Challenge and coincidentally posted about it on our blog today!

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