On the chilly Sunday morning of March 29th, a group of friends from Hallahan High School and I joined students from West Chester, Immaculata, Drexel, LaSalle, and Chestnut Hill to help Bringing Hope Home by volunteering at The Love Run. The Love Run is a 10 mile race through Philadelphia. For each volunteer who signed up with Bringing Hope Home (BHH), BHH would receive a $25 donation to help local families with cancer. My Hallahan sisters and I found out about BHH from a career day presentation from Caitlin Mahon who runs the Students Bringing HOPE Program. After hearing about the great work they do, we knew we wanted to get involved!
Our day started at 5:00 AM at the Please Touch Museum where we all met for our instructions, Hope Squad T-shirts, and munchkins. From there we boarded a bus that dropped us off at water stations along the course. We cheered on the over 10,000 runners and got them the water & Gatorade they needed to finish the race.
This experience was amazing not only because of the high-spirited energy we were exposed to from the runners, but also from the overall teamwork put forth from the Hope Squad. Overall, we raised enough money to help 2 local families with cancer pay their household bills. This was an amazing volunteer opportunity and a great way to help spread the #UnexpectedAmazingness. At the end of the day we not only walked knowing we made a difference in the life of a runner, but also in the life of 2 BHH families.
If you would like to volunteer with Bringing Hope Home, check out our upcoming volunteer opportunities!