Run for Their Lives

$7,476 of $7,212 goal

Raised by 79 people in 48 months
Zack Arnold

As a husband and father and a man I face the same joys and struggles as most 30 something's: balancing time at work, with time at home; wondering if I am doing everything I can to be a good husband.  Am I helping my wife and giving my three children the attention they each deserve, wondering if I'm giving them enough, or giving them too much, am I too hard on them, am I too easy on them, do they know how much I love them?  Am I a good role model for them?  Do I teach them what is really important in life "“ doing the right thing even when it's not the popular thing, helping others even when it means sacrificing of yourself?


However, I also face a struggle that thankfully most 30 something's don't.  I struggle to find time with my daughter in heaven.  I wonder if I am giving her the attention she deserves, am I doing enough to preserve her memory, to let her and others know that she is equally as important as her siblings?


While I rarely talk about this, it is something that is constantly on my mind.  Elle is constantly on my mind.  Especially when I run.  Running is my time with Elle.  It's my time to devote to her, to think about her and remember her.  She helps motivate me through a difficult run and when I have a fantastic, easy run and I feel like I could go on and on, it's because of her.


All of this has led me to share my current mission with you.  While I have run off and on since I was a teenager, until this year I have never had such a commitment to running.  This commitment has come from many places; my desire to be healthy and fit and live a long life, to be a good role model for my children, and to spend time with Elle.  So, I have decided to take what I love to do "“ running with my daughter "“ to the next level.  On March 16, 2013 I am headed to our nation's capital to run my first marathon.  I am seeking sponsors for the race and all money raised will go the Elle Foundation. 


The Elle Foundation was setup by my wife and me, with the help of our family and friends, to fund research and treatment and to raise awareness of Congenital Heart Defects. Please consider making a donation to this wonderful cause that will undoubtedly help those suffering from CHDs live longer, fuller lives and prevent parents from knowing the horrible pain of losing a child. 


No donation is too small to make a difference.


Please help us spread the word by sharing this page.  With every mile I run, I am one step closer to my goal.  Every time you share this, you are helping us take the next step to raise awareness for those 1 in 100 suffering from a CHD. 

Our journey with Elle and CHDs will go far beyond March 16th and the 26.2 miles of this marathon so please join us on our lifelong journey by liking our Facebook page at



Zack & Elle


P.S. Why a goal of $7,212?  That's $10 for every mile I will run between now and the race.


Quick Facts about CHDs and the Elle Foundation:

-- Congenital Heart Defects are the #1 birth defect.

-- Congenital Heart Defects are the #1 cause of birth defect related deaths.

-- Approximately 1 out of every 100 babies is born each year with a CHD.

-- Nearly twice as many children die from CHDs in the United States each year as from all forms of childhood cancers combined, yet funding for CHD research is only 1/5 that of pediatric cancer research.

-- The Elle Foundation is a 501c3 certified charity, so all donations are tax deductible.

-- The Elle Foundation is run on a 100% volunteer basis!

+ Read More
Update 1
42 months ago

Amy Shaulis Frame
Running, training hard
Rockin' to the finish line
Saw you in DC!

Holly Miller Tate
Far too long since school
Full of generosity
Long live Waterford

Shae Vogelsong
Too long since we've talked
Friendship remains despite time
Business of the heart

Melissa Ecker
Fellow engineer
Haiku is not my strongsuit"¦
Harder than running

Beth Fitch
Kindness overflows
Showing, teaching your children
Hope, love, charity

Elaine Traylor
Thank you for your gift
Engineers write poor Haiku
Please do not judge me!

Nancy Stockwell
We have never met
Yet your kindness is touching
Kevin is with Elle

Roxie and Veronica
Good friends, helpful folks
Many thanks, Veronica
Your calls mean a lot!

Jacob Arnold
Accomplished a feat.
I have run a marathon
Chuck Norris has not

Maria Fojo
Friend I haven't met
You are kind and thoughtful
Made a difference

Dee Scritchfield
Friend of a friend giving
Gift builds foundation of change
Kindness overflows

Tina and Chris Wheeler
Time balanced, well spent
New friends made along the way
Marathon of life

Hannah Yetzer
Obstacles knocked down
Blistered, chafed, sore and tired
Never felt so good!

Kari Smith
Hearts will beat longer
Lives lengthened, strengthened, improved
All because of you

Jan Tomsic
Love spans the nation
Love, stronger than tragedy
Hope for little hearts
+ Read More
Help spread the word!
 366 total shares
Maria Fojo
42 months ago

Great foundation needing funds and run by a friend on behalf of the beautiful daughter that they lost to congenital heart disease. Please try to help them!

+ Read More

$7,476 of $7,212 goal

Raised by 79 people in 48 months
Created November 13, 2012
All funds raised go directly to:
  Certified Charity
+ Learn More
  Bridgeport, WV
Tax ID: 263726651
How it Works
  1. You make a donation. Payments are processed by FirstGiving.
  2. Checks are issued. Once a month, a check will be sent directly to the charity.
  3. Charity receives money. The listed charity receives their check directly.
Tina and Chris Wheeler
43 months ago

We will be cheering for you! :)

43 months ago
Emily E Stapleton
44 months ago
Andrew James Winters
44 months ago

We'll be rooting for you!

Jada Fame Winters
44 months ago

Good luck, Zack!

Austin & Alexis Marshall
44 months ago

So excited for your race this weekend & love what you are doing in Elle's memory!

Dave and Erin Roberts and Family
44 months ago

Good luck tomorrow!

44 months ago
Amanda Bennett
44 months ago

Good Luck in DC!! A beautiful tribute to your daughter above. Best Wishes

Riley and Maddie Dunavant
44 months ago
Maria Fojo
42 months ago

Great foundation needing funds and run by a friend on behalf of the beautiful daughter that they lost to congenital heart disease. Please try to help them!

+ Read More
  Use My Facebook Account
Or, use your email…
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now
 Share on Facebook