The weather was perfect for running a marathon on Friday morning 29th November 2013 when 25 runners met outside the Roses home in Modiin for the Run for Schneider's Marathon. Daniel Rose had personally created and arranged the event following his daughter Orli's successful treatment at Schneider Children's Medical Center for Hodgkin's Lymphoma earlier this year. With support from Friends of Schneider Children’s, the Israeli Transport Police, an ambulance from Ezer Me’Ztion, and over 50 of the Roses' family and friends who manned water stations and provided crucial bicycle and volunteer support; the runners, including Daniel who was running his tenth marathon, ran a route of 42.2 km from Modiin to the hospital in Petach Tikva.
Chaim Bibas, the mayor of Modiin, opened this unique event with words of support and encouragement to the runners and Aryeh, Orli's 6 ½ yr old brother, blew the starting whistle. This was a true family event as the Roses' second daughter ran the first km with her father, and Daniel was joined for the last km with other family members including his wife and other children, nieces and nephews and family-in-law.
Says Daniel about this special event, "I was only focused on the logistics of providing a route, shirts, medals, and safety and comfort for the runners. What I hadn't considered was how meaningful the event would be for all participants, from the 25 runners, to the more than 50 volunteers, to the hundreds of supporters at the finish line. So many people have reached out to me to tell me how inspired they were by the experience." This sentiment has been echoed by everyone who participated in the marathon, especially at the finish line where there was a big family carnival to welcome the runners.
The outside courtyard at Schneider Children's Medical Center provided the setting for the "Fun at the Finish Line" event that was arranged by Jacqueline, Orli's mother, together with Friends of Schneider Children's. Music, face painting, a drum circle, arts and crafts and the medical clowns awaited friends and family of the runners who had come to support their loved ones and the Rose family. Over 200 people attended the finish line event, which also included a moving presentation ceremony of the marathon medals by Orli to each runner. Prof Yaniv, Head of Oncology, and Dr Efrat Baron-Harlev, Assistant Director of the Hospital were also in attendance.
"There was such an amazing atmosphere the whole day and especially at the finish line event." says Jacqueline. "We have been so overwhelmed by the love and support shown to us. We just wanted to do something to say thank you to Schneider's for taking such care of our daughter."
The Run for Schneider's Marathon has so far raised over 125,000 NIS which was raised by all the runners. It is part of an overall total of over 250,000 NIS raised to date for the Rose Project which hopes to build an outdoor playground at the hospital for patients and their families.
To donate please go to http://www.justgiving.com/RunforSchneiders