The Modiin to Schneider Children's Hospital Marathon, 29th November 2013
Daniel Rose had personally created and arranged the marathon, following his daughter Orli's successful treatment at Schneider Children's Medical Center for Hodgkin's Lymphoma earlier this year. The weather was perfect when 25 runners met outside the Roses home in Modiin for the Run for Schneider's Marathon.
With support from the Israeli Transport Police, an ambulance from Ezer Meztion, 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.
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".
The outside courtyard at Schneider Children's Medical Center provided the setting for the "Fun at the Finish Line" event. Music, face painting, a drum circle, arts and crafts, medical clowns, and refreshments awaited friends and family of the runners. 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 Baron Halev, 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, Orli’s mother. "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