As always, my son Chesney, will be my race partner at the Willow House Walk to Remember/Run for Hope 5K! We run in support of all those who have lost a child or parent. Please consider donating at www.willowhouse.org.
Willow House is an organization I have been volunteering with for the last 11 years. Around that time, a student I was working with lost his father. I was searching for resources to provide the family and found very few online. That day Willow House was doing a fundraiser at an ice cream shop downtown Arlington Heights and it was broadcast on the radio. The information could not have come at a more appropriate time. When I called to get additional information in hopes of providing it to the family I was working with, I was asked to volunteer as a facilitator. It turned out to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The strength of these families is amazing!
Willow House provides support for children who have lost a parent as well as the remaining parent who lost a spouse. When a child and family experiences a loss like this their family is changed forever. Willow House provides a safe place for kids to talk and share memories of loved ones who have died. Further, it provides children the opportunity to gather with other children sharing a similar loss. Sadly, Willow House welcomes new families each month who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
Did you know that 1 in 16 children throughout Illinois will lose a parent or sibling by the age of 18? Did you also know that children and teens whose grief goes unattended, are emotionally, physically, socially and academically at risk?
Willow House is the only independent organization in the state whose sole mission and passion is to serve those grieving.
Willow House provides support services to children, teens and families who are grieving the death of a loved one. For over 20 years, Willow House has been the go-to program in the greater Chicago area, called upon to help young grieving families, school communities and others in crisis as they cope with death. All of services are provided at no charge.
The annual Walk & 5K Run to Remember is one way we unite as a community to honor the memory of loved ones who have died, while raising essential funds to keep programs going. This year, with an increased demand for our services, we hope to raise more dollars than ever before. We need your help to make this happen!
Your gift ensures we can meet the ever growing need for grief support services across Chicagoland. There are three ways you can help grieving children and families today: make a donation, create a fundraising page to share with your network, and register for our 11th annual Walk & 5K Run to on September 8, 2019.
There is an impact behind every dollar raised:
- A gift of $25 provides art supplies for one support group activity.
- A gift of $50 provides one family with a one-on-one intake session with a licensed counselor to prepare them for group activities.
- A gift of $100 provides dinner for a group.
- A gift of $500 can fund an expressive arts workshop.
- A gift of $1,000 can fund an 8-week school based support group series.
At the heart of this, and all of our fundraising efforts, it is our goal to continue providing grief support services at no cost to families in need. From the staff and families of Willow House, we thank you for your support.
Run like the wind!
Paul & Rose Miksan
Keep up the great work, Natalie & Chesney!