Children’s National Rallies Community to Help Every Child Grow Up Stronger

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The Race for Every Child, benefitting Childrens National, expects to raise $1.55 million to ensure that exceptional care is available to every family, regardless of illness, injury or ability to pay. The annual 5K run/walk and Kids Dash, on Saturday, October 19 at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., is one of the areas most popular family events.

The 2019 Race for Every Child will be the largest yet, with more than 6,100 registered participants and more than 400 teams. Registration is open through October 13 at

The annual race raises funds to ensure that patients and their families can receive the medical care and emotional support they need at Childrens National. After Heather and Jeff Goldmans son Ari passed away after spending his six months of life in the cardiac intensive care unit, their time in the hospital may have come to an end, but they felt as though they had gained an extended family amid the greatest challenge of their lives. They vowed to honor their sons memory by giving back to the hospital, and are serving as co-chairs for the 2019 Race for Every Child.

Childrens National gave us six wonderful months with our son when we werent sure wed have even one day, says Heather Goldman. Every year, we gather our friends, family, and Aris former care team and come together to celebrate Aris life and support the outstanding work that Childrens National has done and continues to do for children in the Washington, D.C. area and beyond.

This years fundraising goal of $1.55 million will support life-saving care, research and programs that help kids be just kids during hospitalization and treatment. In 2018, Childrens National served more than 237,000 patients, including 97 percent from the D.C. region, conducted more than 673,000 outpatient visits and delivered more than $71 million in uncompensated care.

The entire community “ runners and walkers, families, corporate partners, and our staff “ unites to celebrate pediatric health and to rally behind Childrens National, said Kurt Newman, M.D., president and CEO of Childrens National. Everyones participation makes a tremendous impact on children, now and in the future.

Since 2013, the Race for Every Child has raised more than $7.3 million and benefitted more than 1 million children.

Visit for more information or to register or donate. Already participating in the race? Share your photos and videos on social media using #RaceForEveryChild and share why you race to encourage donations and spread awareness.

About Children’s National

Childrens National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nations children since 1870. Childrens National is the nations No. 6 pediatric hospital and, for the third straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Childrens Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Childrens National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded childrens hospital in the nation. Childrens National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels.

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