When Katie and Kim decided to run the 2008 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, they wanted to do more than finish; they wanted to run on behalf of Ronald McDonald House Charities. RMHC held a special place in their heart, providing Katie's mother a refuge when Katie was in intensive care 20 years earlier. "The Ronald McDonald House was a comfortable, clean, affordable place within steps of my baby," Andrea recalls. "I was worried sick about Katie, and everyone at the House was so welcoming and comforting. It felt almost like home."
"It wasn't until we were driving to the marathon that morning that it really hit me," Katie recalls. "I am going to run a marathon. And I'm not in a wheelchair. It was amazing to realize how different my life could have been."
Katie graduates from college this month and plans a career in environmental conservation. Who knows? She might run a few more marathons down the road.
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