I walk to support Keeping the Beat, our annual weekend retreat for Boston Children's Hospital patients with pacemakers or implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs).
This amazing program allows our patients to have a summer-camp-like experience supported by the BCH nurses and doctors who know them best. Since many of our patients are unable to attend mainstream camps, this retreat is incredibly special.
At Keeping the Beat, kids with pacemakers and ICDs get to try out new activities and make new friends, often with shared experiences. Their medical providers get to know them so much better as individuals, and they in turn bond with the nurses and doctors who care for them outside of the hospital setting.
Providing so much fun - and such a strong safety net - comes at a cost, but we never charge patients and families to attend Keeping the Beat. We instead rely on donors to fund this event, and staff to volunteer their time.
The Walk is our biggest fundraiser of the year. 100% of the proceeds from our team go directly to Keeping the Beat. Our team goal this year is $20,000 - about the cost of one year's program. As Team Captain, I hope to raise at least $5,000.
Thank you in advance for considering a donation, walking with us, or registering as a virtual walker even if you can't walk with us in person. We are all so grateful for your support... especially the kids!
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