Monday, September 26, 2016

Charity Spotlight: Catch A Lift Fund

This month's charity spotlight is one that hits close to home because I am a charity runner for Catch A Lift Fund.  The charity was founded in the memory of Christopher Coffland who was killed in Afghanistan while serving his country.  A great friend and supporter of others, CAL was designed specifically to help our post 9/11 combat wounded veterans.
(Catch A Lift Fund)
After time in the military (and often multiple tours), a return to civilian life isn't easy.  That return is even harder for our wounded veterans.  As runners, we understand the positive effects of physical fitness - a routine, physical and mental well-being, building connections with others who are interested in their health.  CAL supports veterans by fostering a connection to fitness by proving them access to gym memberships, gym equipment, nutrition plans, fitness plans, and peer to peer support.  Click HERE to see their feature on CBS Evening News.
Even cats like CAL!
The most important race on my calendar every year is Disney's Princess Half Marathon weekend.  I've run it every year, including the Glass Slipper Challenge, which makes me a "Perfect Princess."  This is my race and I've always run it for me as a celebration of my commitment to fitness and running.  For 2017, I wanted to run for more than me, and so I took at look at the runDisney partner charities.  I'm passionate about fitness and about supporting the veterans who give so much to keep us safe.
(Catch A Lift Fund)
Catch A Lift is a charity partner for the Walt Disney World (Florida) races:

Their fundraising minimums are very reasonable and come with a bunch of benefits including discounted room rates, discounted park tickets, a team shirt, a team social event, and other goodies.   Of course, you don't have to runDisney to be part of the CAL team.  They are involved in multiple events throughout the year or you could run any race you choose while raising money for a great charity!

 You can find all of this information and more on their website (www.catchaliftfund.com).  Not the charity for you?  That's okay - there are hundreds of wonderful charities that have joined forces with runners and races to help advance their efforts.  Come back next month to learn about another great charity!

6 comments:

  1. Super cool charity, thank you for taking time to support the troops

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    1. You're right, it really is and I'm so glad I've found it. Can't do enough for our veterans, especially the ones who have sacrificed so much to keep us safe!

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  2. This sounds like a great cause! It's awesome that you are supporting this!

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    1. I agree and I'm pretty thrilled I found out about them!

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  3. What a great charity. Having a cause to run for makes everything so much sweeter! I did a run for a charity called Tu Nidito (Your little Nest) that supports kids who have had serious health challenges in their family and we were even assigned a child and given their story and his/her picture. It made it so much easier to keep going when I wanted to quit to think about my child and what she was going through. My pains seemed so minor.

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    1. That is a really cool thing - love that idea of giving you a person that you're helping because it makes it even more real. There are just so many great charities out there (Tu Nidito sounds wonderful) and I'm so glad that there is this partnership with the running community so that we can support the great work being done!

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