Erika Kate Foundation’s $25,000 Goal for Quad Cities Marathon to Aid over 25 Families

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

    Having been named a co-beneficiary of this year’s Quad Cities Marathon, the Erika Kate Foundation (EKF) has set a goal to raise $25,000 to directly aid families of children with life threatening heart conditions.  Team EKF is looking to accomplish this objective through a combination of corporate sponsorships, individual donations by race participants, and pledges made in sponsorship of race participants in the September 25, 2011 event.

    Rich Maynard, co-founder of EKF shared, “These challenging economic times are weighing on many of us even in the absence of a health related crisis, but just imagine how difficult it is for families  dealing with their child’s prolonged hospitalization due to a life threatening heart disease.  Most families in that situation can use a hand to help them keep their financial heads above water while they tend to their child’s crisis.  That’s just one of the ways EKF is able to support families.” 

The Erika Kate Foundation offers short-term emotional, spiritual and financial assistance to families in the midst of a child’s heart related medical crisis.  Since its inception in 2007, EKF has helped more than 235 families at 30 different heart centers throughout the country.

  Individuals wanting to participate on behalf of EKF in the 1 mile, 5K, relay, half-marathon or marathon must register through erikakate.org in addition to qcmarathon.org.  Non-racers can also contact Team EKF through their website to make a donation, pledge a racer, or inquire for further information.

    Team EKF Event Coordinator, Dion Bos, stated, “We’ve had a good turn-out of supporters the past two years at the Quad Cities Marathon.  This year we want to place more of an emphasis on fundraising.    Participating on Team EKF or sponsoring other runners is an excellent way to experience this fun regional event while helping so many in need.”

For more information on Erika Kate Foundation, please contact Mary Hopkins at 563-260-4672 or mary.hopkins@erikakate.org.