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MiracleKids – Racing for Kids Who Can’t

On Saturday, August 3, 700 kids between the ages of 7 and 17 jumped into Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis to start the MiracleKids Triathlon. This event, which is put on through the Miracles of Mitch Foundation, isn’t about getting the fastest time or finishing first – it’s about racing in honor of a child who can’t due to a cancer diagnosis.  Depending on age, participants either do a 100 yard swim/3 mile bike/.5 mile run, or 200 yard swim/6 mile bike/1 mile run.

With so many racers in the Minneapolis triathlon, volunteers were key to keeping this event successful and organized, and PHS had a great crew there. Our volunteers did a number of  jobs, with many monitoring the jump house that was available for kids. It was so inspiring to see so many racing for other kids who couldn’t. The MiracleKids Triathlon fundraising campaign has already raised half a million dollars to help families dealing with a child’s cancer diagnosis!

If you’re interested in volunteering, there is another triathlon coming up on August 17 at Lake Ann Park in Chanhassen – you can learn more about volunteering at the website. To see more pictures from the Lake Nokomis event, check out the Miracles of Mitch Facebook page here.

Teeing off with HopeKids

After storms came through on Sunday night, the weather cleared up just in time for the Coleberry tournament on Monday, August 5, benefiting HopeKids. Our Sharing Care volunteers were there to help out at the kid’s clinic set up for HopeKids families that morning before the scramble started, and the sun came out just in time to make the weather perfect for playing golf. The participants had a great time practicing their swing at the driving range and their short game skills on the putting green!

Don Berry, the Head Golf Pro at Edinburgh USA and the ‘Berry’ in Coleberry, lead the long game clinic and helped each player with their swing before the kids went to the putting green to get some tips from 2003 Women’s US Open Champion Hilary Lunke. There were some golf naturals on the course that day, and PHS was happy to support HopeKids and the opportunities they give families to get out and participate in fun events like this.

Originally published: August 9, 2013