During the month of September, childhood cancer awareness month, Trinity's Philadelphia office led a team of 21 employees, friends, and family in a virtual fundraising event benefiting the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, affectionately known around the world as CHOP.
According to the race website, CHOP's Cancer Center was named the No. 1 pediatric oncology program in the nation for 2020-21 by U.S. News & World Report. Patients and families from around the globe seek out CHOP's world-class pediatric oncologists, who have experience with every type of cancer, from the most common to the rarest.
Team Trinity Participation
Throughout the month, Team Trinity logged their miles by walking or running and encouraged others to donate directly. Their efforts generated impressive results, demonstrating the commitment these employees have for positively impacting their community:
- More than $3400 raised
- More than 3000 miles completed
- More than 60 individual donations
The 2020 virtual format allowed for expanded involvement from other Trinity offices. The 21-person team included employees from Philadelphia, Dallas, Corpus Christi and Kansas City.
Aiden Evans said, “I'm brand new to Trinity and the area, so this was a great way for me to get involved in the office and community. The virtual format was a good way to stay motivated and helped me get to know my neighborhood a little better. As for fundraising, friends and family seeing you spend more time dedicated to a cause and tracking your journey for a full month was what helped bring in extra money.”
Team Trinity organizer Matt Page commented on the need for this type of event, especially in 2020, “The virtual run got people moving and donating. The team did a good job fundraising and having the opening and closing ceremonies streamed online was a good idea.”
Principal Consultant Wendy Merz has been a participating in the Parkway Run & Walk for eight years. For her, this event is something she looks forward to, “My family and I have participated each year because we love the atmosphere and feel that this is an important cause. While we have not been directly impacted by childhood cancer, throughout the years, we have had people from Trinity participate whose families were directly impacted and had family members treated at CHOP. It is one of the leading hospitals in the nation searching for a cure.”
2020 Funding Results for CHOP
Early estimates on total fundraising for the event are impressive for a pandemic year - CHOP shared that they surpassed their $1M goal, with total donations topping $1.163 million. The closing ceremony is available to watch online.
View more from CHOP on their Facebook page. Read more about Team Trinity on the race page. Donations to the team are still accepted. Learn more about the Parkway Run & Walk, and it's dedication to supporting pediatric cancer research.