Race for Every Child Raises a Record $1.43M for Children’s National Health System

Fifth annual race rallies nearly 5,000 participants to support region’s only children’s hospital

WASHINGTON--()--The fifth annual Race for Every Child on October 21 attracted nearly 5,000 participants to raise awareness and support for children’s health. Hosted by Children’s National Health System, the event at Freedom Plaza in downtown Washington, DC included a 5K run/walk and Kids Dash. The event has raised more than $1.43 million to help fund specialized medical care, expand access to care, and find cures for childhood diseases, and donations are still being accepted.

This year’s race was co-chaired by Melanie and Brigg Bunker and Grace and Campbell Smith. Both families credit Children’s National with saving their child’s life. “As parents, it is comforting to know that one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals is in our backyard,” said the Bunkers. “Children’s National Health System has had a profound impact on our family’s life, but we are not alone. Philanthropy is critical to ensuring that every family gets the same level of world-class care.”

Since its inception in 2013, the Race for Every Child has raised more than $5.7 million to support children’s health, including wellness programs, research, and community health initiatives. The 2017 event raised more than any prior year. Kurt Newman, MD, President and CEO of Children’s National, said, “It is tremendously inspiring to see current and past patients of Children’s National, their families, friends and neighbors come together to build healthier, stronger futures for all kids. The Race for Every Child is truly a celebration of children’s health.”

The top male finisher of the 5K Race was Trever Reed from Washington, DC, who completed the race in 16:05.5. The top female finisher was Karina Lubell, with a time of 19:08.4.

The top individual fundraisers were:

  1. Campbell Smith of Washington, DC, who raised $13,077
  2. Trevor Vietor from Bethesda, MD who raised $12,733
  3. Heather Goldman from Bethesda, MD, who raised $11,575

The top fundraising teams were:

  1. Brain Tumor Trouncers ($61,847)
  2. Pippa’s Princesses ($44,058)
  3. Grateful Family Team ($39,551)

Donations to Race for Every Child will be accepted through December 31. To make a donation, visit donate.raceforeverychild.org.

Photos from the Race for Every Child are available for download here. All photos should note: Provided by Children’s Hospital Foundation.

The 2017 Race for Every Child is generously supported by sponsors CubeSmart, Costco Wholesale, The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, Clark Construction, Trammell Crow Company and CBRE, KCIC, Foulger-Pratt, Petrie Richardson Ventures, LLC, Eastdil Secured, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., Quadrangle Development Corporation, The Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Foundation, Walgreens, L.F. Jennings, SBA Architects, CoStar Group, UnitedHealthcare, FTI Consulting, TDI, Akin Gump, BKV Group, Buch Construction, ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC, Linowes & Blocher, LLP, HITT Contracting, Hoar Construction, Martek Global Services, Inc., Miles & Stockbridge, The Chevy Chase Land Company, JBG SMITH, Whiting-Turner, Aetna, Bryan Cave, LLP, Cardno, Cooper Carry, Goulston & Storrs, HGA Architects and Engineers, MAC Realty Advisors, MGMA, Perkins Eastman Architects, Pioneer Building Services, and VIKA Companies.

About Children’s National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. A Magnet® designated and Leapfrog Group Top Hospital, Children’s National was named to the prestigious Honor Roll as one of the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the country in U.S. News & World Report 2017-18 Best Children’s Hospitals survey. U.S. News also ranked the neonatology program at Children’s National number one—the best among more than 1,500 neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) across the country—and four other Children’s National services in the Top 10: Cancer (#7), Neurology and Neurosurgery (#9), Orthopedics (#9), and Nephrology (#10).

With a community-based pediatric network, seven regional outpatient centers, an ambulatory surgery center, two emergency rooms, an acute care hospital, and collaborations throughout the region, Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as an advocate for all children.


Children’s National Health System
Anna Levendusky, 443-812-4253

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Race for Every Child rallies more than 5,000 participants and raises over $1.43 million for Children's National Health System.


Children’s National Health System
Anna Levendusky, 443-812-4253