Hello! Thank you so much for coming to my Briggs & Al's Run & Walk page. This event and the mission it supports mean a lot to me and I am thrilled you took the time to stop by. Thank you.
Why am I doing this?
The short answer is that I want to do something that helps kids, and I can't think of a better organization to support than Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
The longer answer is that by running or walking in this event for Children's, I know I am raising funds that support the care provided to kids, from life-saving cancer and heart treatments all the way to life-changing community care. Every day, Children’s is working to make Wisconsin kids the healthiest in the nation and my support and fundraising is critical to this work.
My dear friend Kristin (Heroux) Wopat and her husband, Kevin, had their third child, Emma, in September 2017. Within 24 hours of taking her first breath, Emma was taken to Children's Hospital in Milwaukee due to complications while feeding. After tests were completed, it was determined Emma was born with her esophagus and stomach disconnected. The doctors at Children's were able to help make her well again.
Close to Emma's 1st birthday (September 2018), she started having difficulty keeping anything in her system except for liquid. Another trip to Children's determined Miss Emma's esophagus was closing up on her, not allowing food to pass through. After countless procedures and great courage from both her parents, their families, and friends, Emma is once again on the mend. This healing would not have happened without the expertise of the doctors at Children's.
Kevin and Kristin participated in the walk, with all three of their children, in 2018. As soon as they decided it was something they would continue to do as a thank you for all the hospital and it's staff has done for their family. Kristin asked me to become a team member. It was the least I could do for them.
Please find it in your heart to make a donation. It means the world to families when their children are ill and they don't know which way to turn.