Charities
Run for a cause

Charity running has become an integral part of the Byline Bank Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10K, and we want to continue to your programs and the causes they support. Training for a half marathon is a challenge, and finding the right motivation is a great way to keep it fun and help athletes stay committed.

 

PROSPECTIVE PARTNERS

Interested in becoming a charity partner in 2020? Check out the resources below:

> 2020 Charity Program

> Charity Application

For additional information, please contact Jeremy Weitzman at jweitzman@lt.life.

OFFICIAL CHARITY PARTNER

 

Good news! Even though the race is officially sold-out, our Official Charity Partner, The Muscular Dystrophy Association Team Momentum has guaranteed entries available! Not only will you receive a spot on their team, you will receive VIP race weekend amenities, experience their impactful inspiration lunch the day before race day and be cheered on throughout the race course by their families and supporters! Join our fight in saving the lives of those affected by muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases.

To learn more about the program, contact Tracy Collings at 312-470-1103 or tcollings@mdausa.org.

Register today at: MDA Team Momentum

One of our greatest priorities here at Life Time is giving back to the local communities that make our events possible. Our 2019 Official Charity Partner, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), will be accepting valuable donations from our participants through online and in-person registration for the race. In addition, we are excited to partner with MDA Team Momentum as our Official Charity Training Partner.

MDA is fighting to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harmful effects of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases so they can live longer and grow stronger. Please consider making a donation to MDA or joining their running/walking team today. For more information about the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Team Momentum please visit MDATeam.org.

How can I join the team?
Interested in making your miles mean more? Join MDA Team Momentum! When you join Team Momentum, you dedicate your miles, muscles and personal finish line to freeing families from the harm of muscle-debilitating diseases that take away everyday freedoms like walking, running, hugging and even breathing.

Team Momentum participants fundraise on behalf of MDA and the families that they serve and receive coach supported training, team gear, race entry, personal fundraising webpage and fundraising guidance, a community of support and camaraderie with Mentors and teammates, VIP event weekend amenities including an Inspiration Dinner, private pre-and post-race space with private gear check and bathrooms and on-course support. And of course, motivation from knowing that you’re moving your muscles to strengthen the muscles of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy. Questions? Reach out to Tracy Collings at tcollings@mdausa.org.

How can I donate?
All registrants for the 2019 Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10k have the option of including a monetary donation to MDA in addition to the sign-up fee. Just check the appropriate denomination box on your online registration form and include the desired amount in your payment. Donations of $5, $10, $25 and $50 may be included with your event registration fee. It’s just that easy!

SUPPORTING CHARITY PARTNER

Life Time Foundation

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The Life Time Foundation partners with schools around the country to eliminate processed and artificial ingredients from lunches. Their mission to create healthier future generations for years to come is brought to life through donations, which go directly to the schools.

 

By fundraising $500 you will receive free race entry to the 2020 Byline Bank Chicago Spring Half Marathon or 10K, New Balance Performance Tank, Life Time Foundation gear, a personal fundraising page with fundraising support and a full heart for giving children a healthier future.  To join the team, visit their website or contact Nate Moen at nmoen@ltfoundation.org.

Life Time Foundation

PARTICIPATING CHARITY PARTNERS

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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The vision of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a World Free of MS. Our mission is that people affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. Finish MS is an opportunity for cause-driven athletes to push their own personal limits and challenge themselves physically, while working to create a world free of MS. Bring your athletic fundraising vision to life and make an impact for those affected by MS. Show the world your passion.

Email Shannon.Feeney@nmss.org for more information!

Back on My Feet


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Back on My Feet, a national organization operating in 13 major cities across the US, combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources.

Back on My Feet recruits individuals at homeless or addiction and treatment facilities around the country. These individuals – known as members – commit to run three early mornings a week. Goals are set and achieved with one mile becoming two, two becoming three and so on, and after 30 days with 90%, their first milestone: they earn the opportunity to move into Next Steps.

In Next Steps, members work with Back on My Feet program staff to develop a personal road map to independence. Each member attends financial literacy classes and job skills training provided through partnerships with our corporate partners. Members can earn financial aid to remove barriers to employment and housing such as work supplies, transportation and security deposits. Members who achieve employment and housing become Alumni Members.

Debbie’s Dream Foundation

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Debbie’s Dream Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about stomach cancer, advancing funding for research and providing education and support internationally to patients, families and caregivers. DDF seeks as its ultimate goal to make the cure for stomach cancer a reality.

The DDF Dream Team (what we call our running team) are very special as they promote a healthy lifestyle, essential to any cancer patient, therefore we try to participate in any race/run we can and have a very dedicated team of runners who travel across the Country to run in all of the races they can

National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

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The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois works closely with community leaders, healthcare professionals, and civic-minded corporate partners to improve the lives of patients and families affected by kidney disease.

No organization supports kidney disease patients like we do. We provide patients access to resources and information, host numerous educational events, support innovate research, advocate for improvements in healthcare policy, and provide free kidney health screenings all across the state of Illinois.

LUNGevity Foundation

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Team LUNGevity is a group of motivated, dedicated and passionate athletes who compete in races of all distances! Run, walk, ride, swim., complete a triathlon or complete in an adventure race while raising funds for lung cancer research. LUNGevity is the nation’s leading cancer-focused non-profit. We are changing outcomes for people with lung cancer through research, education and support.

Surge for Water

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Surge invests in communities through safe water and sanitation solutions to help end the cycle of poverty. We envision a world where every person has safe water and sanitation access.

 

DKMS

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DKMS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against blood cancer and blood disorders. We create awareness by recruiting bone marrow donors to provide a second chance at life, raising funds to match donor registration costs, supporting the improvement of therapies through research and supporting patients throughout their entire diagnoses.

We Delete Blood Cancer.

 

Illinois Spina Bifida Association


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Our Racing Team supports the Illinois Spina Bifida Association; a community-based, statewide charity serving children, adults and families living with spina bifida, one of the most common, permanently-disabling birth defects in the United States.
 

Namaste Charter School


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Namaste Charter School promotes curiosity and lifelong student success by implementing and sharing a holistic educational model. We combine health and wellness with academic rigor in a safe and inclusive environment.
 

Canine Companions for Independence


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Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.
 

Inner City Impact

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We work with children and teens in urban neighborhoods where the challenges of daily life severely affect their ability to pursue healthy and happy childhoods. We develop programs where kids can feel safe, be engaged in wholesome activities, build healthy relationships, expand their self-worth, and develop the life skills they need to move confidently toward a better future.
 

Youth for Christ


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Join Youth for Christ-Chicago/NW Indiana for our annual Mission in Motion. Partnering with the Chicago Spring Half Marathon/10K, our goal is to raise funds for the ongoing mission of Youth for Christ. Whether you choose to run the half marathon or walk the 10K, you will get to enjoy a scenic run along Columbus Drive with sweeping views of Chicago’s famed skyline and Lake Michigan.

More importantly, you have the opportunity to help change the lives of teens all over Chicagoland, the Kankakee area, and Northwest Indiana. By participating in this event, whether as a fundraiser, runner, or corporate sponsor, your support will directly impact our ability to reach kids with the life-changing message of the Gospel.

So join us for and make an even greater impact in the lives of teens!

Lupus Society of Illinois

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LSI promotes lupus awareness and complements the work of health care professionals by providing personalized resources for the lupus community while supporting research. With the help of informed volunteers, lupus medical experts, and committed and caring supporters, we support research and conduct education programs so everyone affected by lupus can have an improved quality of life; provide information to ensure people with lupus and their families get answers and health professionals know about new means to diagnose and manage the disease; and conduct activities to increase awareness of lupus, rally public support for those who are affected by lupus, and advocate on their behalf.
 

Bright Pink

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As many as 20% of women in the U.S. are at an elevated risk of breast and ovarian cancer, but most don’t know it. Enter Bright Pink: we’re a national nonprofit on a mission to save lives by empowering women to know their risk and manage their health proactively. Athletes of all fitness levels are welcome! Training is provided. Please email teambrightpink@brightpink.org for more information.
 

Camp Ramah in Wisconsin

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Camp Ramah is 150 acres of magical space, tucked away in the heart of Wisconsin’s Northwoods. In this space, campers and staff members from around the Midwest and Israel join together each summer to create an exceptional Jewish community.

Founded in 1947, Camp Ramah in Wisconsin builds Jewish lives and Jewish leaders through:

the cultivation of lasting friendships and relationships;
holistic Jewish living that translates our rich cultural and religious history into a compelling contemporary reality; and
the experiential fun of an immersive summer camp setting.
Campers feel like Ramah is their second home, a place where they have fun, learn new skills, gain independence and build lifelong friendships.

 

Trilogy, Inc.

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We’re a diverse team of dynamic individuals who celebrate the possibility of recovery in anyone who has a mental illness – we believe recovery is possible! Our mission is to support people in their recovery from mental illness by helping them discover and reclaim their capabilities, life direction and well-being. We envision the delivery of integrated behavioral healthcare that is focused, culturally competent, trauma-informed, evidence-based and designed to achieve optimal outcomes.

 

After School Matters

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After School Matters® is a non-profit organization that provides life-changing after-school and summer program opportunities to nearly 19,000 Chicago high school teens each year.

TEAM After School Matters will be an experience that expands beyond crossing the finish line. You will be part of a network of individuals dedicated to raising funds for the future of Chicago – our teens.

 

Cellmates on the Run

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Cellmates on the Run is a running team that brings individuals together to achieve a common goal: Running islet “cell” mate!cure diabetes. When you join the official running team of the Chicago Diabetes Project you’ll be raising money to advance diabetes research and a functional cure through islet cell transplants. Together, every mile brings us closer to a functional cure for diabetes. To date we have raised over $1 million to fund life-changing diabetes research. Will you choose to challenge yourself and help outrun diabetes? Please join us. With your help, we’ll be 26.2 miles closer to a cure.

 

3 Little Birds 4 Life

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3 Little Birds 4 Life strives to empower adult cancer patients through wishes and support.

 

Project Purple

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Project Purple is an impact-driven organization with a vision of a world without pancreatic cancer. Our mission is to find a cure for pancreatic cancer and improve the lives of patients through support, hope, and compassion.

 

Erie Family Health Centers

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Erie Family Health Centers provides high quality medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare to all in need, regardless of ability to pay. Motivated by the belief that healthcare is a human right, we provide high quality affordable care to support healthier people, families, and communities. Erie delivers holistic care to help every member of the family stay healthy and active from infancy through adulthood.

 

Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE)

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Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE), is the leading nongovernmental agency fully committed to funding research in epilepsy. CURE’s mission is to find a cure for epilepsy, by promoting and funding patient-focused research. Since its inception in 1998, CURE has raised more than $60 million to fund epilepsy research and other initiatives that will lead the way to cures for the epilepsies.

CURE awards grants for novel research projects to prevent epilepsy related to post-traumatic epilepsy, advancing the search for a cure, eliminating treatment side effects, and reversing deficits caused by frequent seizures. CURE funds grants for young and established investigators and to date has awarded more than 230 cutting-edge projects in 15 countries around the world.

 

Association House of Chicago

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For over 120 continuous years, Association House has been defined by being both responsive and able. Responsive to the issues that affect some of the most vulnerable Chicagoans. Able to listen to those vulnerable persons and to create and sustain tried-and-true approaches to improve their quality of life. It is in our blood to connect with our community and address their immediate needs and long-term goals – and promote their health & wellness and create opportunities for their educational and economic advancement for the 5,000 children and families we serve. That is our mission. And, we have been doing it – reliably – for well over a century.

 

PROSPECTIVE PARTNERS

Interested in becoming a charity partner in 2020? Check out the resources below:

> 2020 Charity Program

> Charity Application

For additional information, please contact Jeremy Weitzman at jweitzman@lt.life.