Running for Resilience & Recovery

$695 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 64 months
Ella Smoot
for LionHearted Kids
 Long Grove,
Friends, family, and anyone in between: I am training to run a half marathon in Cape Town, South Africa October 13, 2013 and NEED YOUR HELP!! All of your donations will go straight to Lionhearted Kids, a developing non-profit organization that is slowly growing near to my heart. Beyond training each week for the half marathon, I have started volunteering through Lionhearted Kids at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in Cape Town.

I have grown up with a passion to work with kids and I am privileged to do so in a hospital setting in South Africa. I will be working with different patients over the course of the semester through interactive play. I have intentions of going into the Child Life field when I am done with school making this opportunity one I cannot pass up!

Lionhearted Kids is a non-profit organization that believes in building upon the strengths and resiliency of the child, family, and community. They hold firmly to the inherent wisdom that exists within each of us collectively and cross-culturally. Therefore, the role of the therapist and supporter is to work alongside community members as facilitators rather than as foreign informants. Regardless of one's country of origin or belief system, they believe that the experience of one's own reflection in another human being is essential to understanding our interconnectedness, developing compassion, and embracing our humanity.

Visit the Lionhearted Kids webpage to learn more.

Thank you so much for all of your help, it means a lot not only to me but to everyone who you are helping here in South Africa!
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I will be closing my campaign for Lionhearted Kids in two days time. Thank you again for all of your support!

Dear friends and family of Ella,

On behalf of the board of directors and volunteers of Lionhearted Kids, I would like to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude for your recent support through Ella's Gofundme race campaign. Thank you for your generous donations, which directly promote the healing of a child experiencing trauma. Right now we are focusing our efforts at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa where Ella volunteered through our Creative Arts Therapy and Wellness Program. As a witness to her volunteerism, Ella's compassion and sensitivity toward children in need is visible and palpable. Thank you for trusting in her efforts, our organization's work and in a child's capacity to heal from trauma.

Lauren Pech
Founder and Executive Director of Lionhearted Kids
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Thank you to everyone who has shown their support throughout my preparation for the Gun Run. Don't forget it's not to late to donate! I will be thinking of all the kids I have worked with this semester and their incredible strength to get me to the finish line. I am blessed to have all the support that I do, thanks again. Cheers!
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As race day nears, the anticipation is starting to creep up on me. Trying to keep in mind these kids when I don't think I could go any further. Some may never be able to walk again, the least I could do is keep running for them!
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$695 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 64 months
Created August 6, 2013
Funds raised will benefit:
LionHearted Kids
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Littleton, CO
EIN: 800633441
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Carey and Knubbe <3
62 months ago

still alive?

God Bless You
62 months ago

We wish you a good run! Keep up the good work - we love you!

Teri A Reynolds
62 months ago

Ella, Good luck tomorrow. xo Teri

robert wise
62 months ago

good luck toward reaching your goal

Dean R Nowicki
62 months ago

Atta girl!

Hailey Ware
62 months ago

RUN FAST!!!! you're awesome, miss ya xoxo

Donna Smith
62 months ago

Good Luck at your run coming up in October!!

62 months ago
Julie Wittwer
62 months ago

Good luck with everything Ella!!!! Miss you so so so much. You're doing amazing things and are an inspiration to all of us back here at DePauw. Love you!

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