Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Get Involved and Make a Difference

On May 9th, several districts of the U.S. Postal Service conducted a food drive whereby people left a can or box of food at their mailbox.  That weekend, an army of volunteers came out to collect, transport, sort, and pack this food and then stock the shelves of food banks across the country.  Thousands of tons of food were collected in that single day; millions of meals were provided over the subsequent months, and not a penny was paid.
I had the pleasure of contributing to this experience as a volunteer doing some of that sorting, packing and stocking.  I did it with my family and some of my son’s friends from school at a food bank that was two miles from my house, which I never even knew existed.  I learned about a sector of my community that lives on the edge, is thankful for just one meal a day and worries about food for their children tomorrow. I also learned how much more we can do together, as a community, than any one of us can do alone.  While I gave just a few hours of my time that day, I got back an experience and new understanding that will last me a lifetime.
As we all get 'back to school' and into our family routines, it is a great time to think about 'giving back.'
I am proud that many of our MHRI  colleagues are leading the way by organizing volunteer teams for spirited activities and fun runs to raise money for medical research.  Here are a few - consider signing up for at least one this fall and bring your friends and family along! 

-Sprint Four The Cure

September 20, Potomac Parkway, Washington, DC
The Four Seasons Hotel’s 34th Annual Sprint Four the Cure is taking place this September 20, 2014! The 5k run/walk raises money to support cancer research at the Washington cancer Institute at MedStar Washington   Hospital Center http://www.sprintfourthecure.com/home

-American Diabetes Association: Step-out: Walk to Stop Diabetes

October 18, National Harbor
Join the MedStar Diabetes Institute Team and your MedStar colleague walkers from MWHC, MGUH and MHRI. Teams come in all sizes.This year we hope to field a large team to wave the MedStar flag on behalf of our patients living with diabetes. Whether you gather your friends, family, patients or coworkers you can team up with us to Stop Diabetes!
http://stepout.diabetes.org/site/PageServer?pagename=OUT_homepage&loc=hppuz2_step-out-team_aug2014&s_src=hppuz2&s_subsrc=aug2014 and go to the MedStar Team Walk Center

-Super H 5K Run, Walk & Wheel

September 21, Tysons Sport & Health, McLean, VA
Participation supports the MedStar NRH Adaptive Sports Programs which helps children and adults with physical disabilities to pursue healthy, active lifestyles through recreational and competitive sports.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Neil. Great post and thanks for providing some service options. ALS walk as well in Baltimore on 10/5.