NORFOLK, NE – Thousands gathered in Norfolk on Saturday morning for the “Laugh And A Half Marathon”, where runners had the option to run a 5k, 10k, or half marathon. Even the kids weren’t left out as they had their own one-mile run. Along with the fun, participants understood the day was meant as a chance to celebrate physical health while also raising money for a good cause.
Foundation Coordinator for Faith Regional Health Services, Samantha Wolfe, says, “we are here at the laugh and a half marathon, and Faith Regional is blessed to be the beneficiary of this year’s funds to support pediatric needs in our community and our region.”
Faith Regional works to promote health within the community and all proceeds from the race directly benefit Faith Regional’s pediatric therapy program…
“The funds that are raised today through the sponsors and through our runners will all benefit our ‘theraplay program’, our pediatric therapy at the hospital…which provides occupational, speech, and physical therapy to kids of all ages.”
This year specifically, they are using the funds raised for their adaptive trikes.
“These trikes are designed to give kids the joy of biking, even if they don’t have complete control over their mobility. The bikes help control their mobility and let them experience biking just like every other child should be able to do.”
Because these trikes are expensive medical equipment, through the money raised, Faith Regional will also have the opportunity to offer the trikes to families that want to purchase them at a much more reasonable and affordable price.