As the sun goes down a glow of neon streaks across Sunrise, Florida as twelve Hill York Comfort Champions gather, run and raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network during the Neon Vibe 5K after dark fun-run.
On the evening of Saturday, June 29, Hill Yorkers Miguel Garcia, Sonny Ng, Dane Samidei, Cristina Oyola, along with their family members and friends gathered in a neon glow of orange unity and ran through the BB&T Center amongst a sea of psychedelic painted runners. This is no ordinary marathon. What starts as a typical run finishes as a vivid color canvas of paint and black light fun.
These Hill Yorkers were eager to participate but they did not do this alone. At the beginning of the summer Hill York hosted a bake sale and lemonade stand to raise money for sponsorship and their participation in the run. Not only did they finish the entire race, Hill York’s very own Dane Samidei placed 5th out of all runners as he crossed the finish line. Now that is one committed Comfort Champion.
All proceeds of the Neon Vibe 5K run were used to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. Since 1983, the organization has raised more than $4.7 billion—most of it $1 at a time—for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.
To learn more or get involved, visit http://childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org/.