Posts Tagged ‘M4M Runner’

Susan Brockway is running for a reason

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

“What would possess me, Susan Brockway, to decide to run 26.2 miles? Most people who know me would be asking this exact question. However, this is one question I found very easy to answer the moment I decided to run for Miles for Magic. There is nothing more gratifying to me than knowing that OHM and the incredible magicians are bringing true joy and happiness to the children who otherwise are facing huge obstacles on a daily basis. I now see that OHM is not only a symbol of strength and courage for the children they help, but to my surprise, for me as well. I was introduced to OHM by a great friend and amazing person, Alyson Stevens. Alyson and her efforts with OHM gave me insight into the organization, which, in turn, inspired me to want to participate. Having multiple hospital stays as a child, I knew the importance of healing through laughter; even the smallest smile, laugh, or “trick” can make a child’s day. To the many volunteers who coordinate this effort and to those who donate their time and talents to entertaining, I send my gratitude and thanks. I am very pleased to participate in this effort.”


Running the marathon is a huge commitment, but it can be rewarding on so many levels. The Miles for Magic team will be there to support you through all the highs and lows of training just like our magicians are there to help kids through their highs and lows. You don’t have to run the marathon to be a part of the team, but it’s certainly the top of the mountain! Come run with us, and you’ll see how much fun pain can be!

Marie Gerken – Mom first, runner second

Monday, January 16th, 2012

“While I wasn’t exactly planning to run another marathon (running the 2003 LA Marathon was good in my book), I learned long ago to never say never! A friend of mine was looking to join an organization to run with for the 2011 Chicago Marathon because the race registration had already closed. Among the many charities available to join, we miraculously came across Open Heart Magic. While reading the mission of Open Heart Magic, I realized that ironically, my family had been recipients of OHM’s generous and heartfelt work during our son Luke’s stay at Children’s Memorial Hospital in March 2010. Luke ended up at Children’s after fighting a virus for weeks which eventually traveled to his kidneys. The magicians from Open Heart Magic who visited him were such a big hit that Luke kept the magic tricks they performed and wanted to stay longer at Children’s than needed! They truly were part of a team of people that brought comfort, smiles, laughs, and the wonder of magic to him during an emotional and unpleasant time in our lives. And so, instead of my original decision to be part of the road crew for the M4M running team, I decided to join the team as a runner for the 2011 Chicago Marathon. I did this, not only to give back for what they had done for our son Luke, but with the hope that OHM can expand to more hospitals and touch more children and families going through challenging illnesses. Every mile I ran during my training and the marathon was for one more smile, one more laugh, one more glimpse of hope, one more wonder of magic, and MANY more magicians to touch the lives of sick children in Chicago area hospitals. Running the 2011 Chicago Marathon was truly for the benefit of these children and the growth of OHM and not about my self-accomplishment. I feel privileged to be a small part of a great organization consisting of many great people with the best hearts around!”


Did you know that you can register for the marathon even after it closes by running for charity? Of course that doesn’t mean you should wait until it’s too late to sign up. The Miles for Magic team is a perfect way for people to get involved and truly support the organization and children. Marie’s story motivated me (Colin Joliat) when I read it, and I too will be running this year. I don’t think I could put it any better than she did; “one more smile, one more laugh, one more glimpse of hope, one more wonder of magic.”


How John Keippel ran into magic

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

“It all started with a trick.  Two tricks actually.  The first was signing up for an event I had never done before.  Never trained for.  An event involving an activity I openly dreaded.  The event was the Chicago Marathon.  I was invited over to learn about Open Heart Magic at the Shamrock Shuffle expo.  While I was a little reluctant to accept the offer to see a trick involving red balls, a lime, and a potato, this would be trick two, and the one that would convince me that running on the inaugural Miles for Magic running team was a no brainer.  Fast forward several months, and, as marathon training was progressing, I was asked if I’d like to sign up for the next session of Magic University.  I can’t for the life of me think of a single reason someone would say no to an offer like that.  Now a year later, I can safely say that this is one of the most awesome things I’ve ever done.  Each visit to the hospital is different, and I always leave knowing that I made someone’s stay just a little better.  It’s nothing short of magic.”


Feeling inspired? You can check out the Miles for Magic running team right here! Bad knees? That’s OK, we have runners competing in the half marathon as well as creating their own personal challenges as well!