The American Red Cross, Greater Chicago Region is staffing volunteers to support event information and medical stations and family reunification services Oct. 12 for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in Grant Park.
More than 120 members of Team Red Cross are also running to raise $150,000 pledged for Red Cross humanitarian and blood programs. The Red Cross provides registration for runners from around the world to participate in the marathon.
“The American Red Cross has been a proud partner of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for nine years,” said Fran Edwardson, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. “Our volunteers are ready to assist Chicago Marathon staff at several event stations around Grant Park. Our running team has also been training hard and has exceeded their goal of raising $150,000 that will support the services and programs we provide to people in our community.”
Volunteers will be stationed at multiple tents around Grant Park to assist marathon officials with family reunification services and medical needs runners or spectators might experience during the event.
The Red Cross provides Chicago Marathon registration for runners from around the world. Team members pledge to raise $1,500 in support of the Red Cross and receive a variety of benefits including free CARA (Chicago Area Runners Association) training, complimentary post-race massage and access to Charity Village. The team has received $150,000 in pledged support from around the world.
Team Red Cross member Rose Suehr, 25, has been training since March for her first big race. As a nurse, Suehr sees the lifesaving work of the Red Cross Blood Services program and was inspired to join the organization’s team. She said the Red Cross helps many people whether collecting blood, teaching CPR and first aid skills, serving military families or helping in a natural disaster and is proud to be a part of raising funds for a special cause.
“I give a lot of blood to patients and no matter what type they need, the Red Cross always delivers it very quickly,” she said.
Suehr also likes the family reunification service the Red Cross provides on race day to locate runners if they are injured on the course or hospitalized. The program, sponsored by Baxter, has been a key component of the Chicago Marathon’s safety plan since 2008.
“If anything were to happen, it is nice to know that the support of the Red Cross is there,” she said.
About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago leads a regional grouping in Illinois and Northwest Indiana that serves more than 9.6 million people. Follow us on Twitter @ChicagoRedCross. For more information redcross.org.