Half Marathon: Children's Miracle

$8,090 of $15k goal

Raised by 68 people in 14 months
Alex Wilkins
on behalf of Kimberly Wilkins
 SAN DIEGO, CA
In October of 2012 I began an 18 month battle with a rare, life-threatening, undiagnosable virus that caused me to temporarily lose my ability to walk and rely on a feeding tube for survival. I went from a competitive swimmer, swimming 24 hours a week to having to be pushed in a wheel chair and weighing 90 pounds. Doctors thought that I would never recover and would have limited time, but by the grace of God, an experimental treatment at Rady Children's Hospital San Diego gave me back my life. Now I compete in pageants and share my story with others and am an advocate for health, well being and never giving up. March 19th will mark 2 years of recovery and weight gain and I will be running a half marathon alongside my dad. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and am asking for your help to donate to the foundation that saved my life. There are many other kids fighting for their life, just like I fought for mine, and without Children's Miracle Network of Rady Children's Hospitals nationwide, many of us would not be here today. Please consider supporting me on this next step of my journey. 

Message from DJ Wilkins: We feel very blessed to be able to celebrate this 2 year anniversary of Alex's health. At the time, we weren't sure Alex would even be able to leave home for college, so I am very excited to run with Alex and support a cause so near to our hearts. We will match dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000 with all proceeds going directly to Children's Miracle Network. We appreciate all of your support through Alex's journey!

Visit my blog to learn more about my story: 
https://araeofhope.wordpress.com

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Update 6
Posted by Alex Wilkins
7 months ago
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Hi y'all!! I wanted to send an update from my EXTREMELY busy summer! Just about a month ago I competed for Miss Teen International in Jacksonville, Florida & placed 2nd RU! I am so incredibly blessed with the amazing support of all of you, my family & God! I was able to share with the judges my story, my passions & what you & I have done together...helped save lives! I was recently hired to write for the Odyssey Online & I would love if y'all would check out my article below, please feel free to share! I will continue to live my life the best I can regardless of my condition. Thank you all for the love & support!

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/illness-invisible
2nd RU at Miss Teen International!
YOUR donations helped this little hero!
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Update 5
Posted by Alex Wilkins
11 months ago
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I am OVERJOYED that we are currently at $15,040!!! THANK YOU for you generous donations, I am so humbled by your support and generosity towards a foundation that I hold close to my heart.

It's been a while since I've posted on my blog because I wanted my next post to be special. Some recent news of someone dear to my heart, inspired me to write a post about the unspoken and melancholy emotions a patient goes through during their battle.

PLEASE GIVE IT A READ, this article means so much to me, as I share the vulnerable side of my fight for my life.

https://araeofhopefoundation.org/2016/04/22/behind-the-smiles/
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Update 4
Posted by Alex Wilkins
11 months ago
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I am so excited to announce that I have raised $15,040 through y'all's GENEROUS donations!! I am so overjoyed and grateful for the support and I am hopeful that we can surpass my goal of $15,000 and create more miracles for the kids!! #makingmiracles #missteencaintl2016 #caintlpageants #missteenintl2016
March 26, I was crowned Miss Teen CA Int
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Update 3
Posted by Alex Wilkins
12 months ago
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Thank you so much for all of y'all's donations!! We are ALMOST to our goal of $15,000!! As of now we are at $14,350! Check out my latest blog post to read about my dad finishing his half marathon!!

https://araeofhope.wordpress.com
My dad & I after his Half Marathon!
All smiles because of YOUR donations!
My dad's racing bib said, "Go Allie Rae"
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$8,090 of $15k goal

Raised by 68 people in 14 months
Created January 7, 2016
Alex Wilkins  
on behalf of Kimberly Wilkins
TW
$50
Tom Wilkins
5 months ago

A belated birthday gift from Kathleen and I.

CH
$500
Catherine Hastings
11 months ago
CB
$100
Chris Berger
11 months ago

Great job DJ!! Good luck with everything.

KR
$75
Kalpana Ramakrishnan
12 months ago
CO
$15
Cheryl Odquist
12 months ago
AV
$100
Anthony Vincent
12 months ago
EA
$500
Elizabeth Altman
12 months ago
GD
$100
Greg Deller
12 months ago
TW
$25
Tom Wilkins
12 months ago
CC
$30
Cat Cusack
12 months ago

Con mucho amor y carino!

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